high_on_hops (797) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lovely red/amber with a small tan head and some lacing. The aroma has some dark malt that gives a fig-like smell, as well a small amount of hops. The flavor malt and plums up front, with a slightly sweet aftertaste and some hop bitterness in the background.
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rubbishystuff (2112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Trader Joe’s. Pleasantly surprised by this. Nicely balanced some nice minerals. Not super complex but not bad. Serving: Bottle
Headbanger (3580) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 4/6/12 (Trader Joe’s Naperville)-40° in Snifter-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness, fruits, toffee, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of the same with some hops on the back end. This full bodied brew is not too shabby. I was not expecting much.
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of barley, fruit and some flowery hops and clove. The flavor was of bread, toast, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A very good American Strong Ale.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is grainy and metallic with nuts and a toasted quality. The appearance is dark amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter nutty finish. The palate is average. Overall a decent beer but not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KBC Winter Ale from the local Trader Joe’s. Nice pour - a deep, clear reddish brown body with a sustained spongy tan head. The aroma was lightly toasted nutty malts, a hint of dark dried fruit, and some soft floral scents. The flavor of this medium-bodied ale was much the same but had a modest earthy bitterness that remained in the dry finish. A pleasant surprize.
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would have called this an English Strong Ale. Dark red color. Thin head that lasts until the end of the beer. Aroma has hops, alcohol, and malt sweet, and I pick them up in that order. Flavor is dry, but there is some caramel and more dry hops, with a finish that combines lightly sweet malt with dry, bitter hops. It drank pretty good. From Trader Joes.
Reid (2138) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz single as "KBC Winter Ale" from Trader Joes ,Salem OR. $1
Nice darker amber colored ale..with reddish tones. A small yet persistent tan head..turns to great lashings of lace
Good toasty cereal aromas and fresh roasted coffee beans,some hazelnuts and raisin too..nice stuff.
Smooth yet bitter tasting beer..semi dark chocolate,cream,burnt toast,oats then nice herbal/slight resinous hops.
Good and drinkable on the tongue for such a heavy beer.
Overall very pleased with this stuff.Its a marvel it survived at all given the terrible treatment TJs hands out to beer.
best $1 beer ever
seymour (1750) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marketed at Trader Joe’s as K.B.C. Winter Fest. Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Poured a clear, dark brown color with long-lasting off-white foam with lace. Aromas of roasted barley, coffee, fruity and flowery hops (more refined English than American profiles,) citrus zest, berries, even some pepper and clove. Flavors of bread, nuts, toast, toffee, caramelized brown sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, tartness reminiscent of a fine dunkelweizen. Medium body, creamy and chewy mouthfeel, tart and tangy finish. Delicious.
mwMcGill (20) - DES Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased from Trader Joe’s. Poured in to a tulip glass. Pours a mild head that leaves quickly. Nice aroma of caramel malt. Nice nutty flavor with medium bitterness. Surprisingly good beer for Trader Joe’s. Much better than I expected and a good value purchase.
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