Landmonger (151) - USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a bomber into a dimpled mug, deep brown with no head, the aroma is malt with not much else, the taste is sweet upfront with malt and then falls apart with a sharp taste some what soapy, could have been good but really bad on the back end.
HughConway (739) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 release Bomber bottle from TJs. Pours brown, minimal head. Faint aroma of alcohol. Taste is sweet roasted malt. Bit of a fizz or a booze burn at the bake. It’s not the worst TJs sells, but it’s nothing to seek out.
Blairgus (2341) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 Jan 2014, bottle. brown and faintly cloudy. nose is dark toast and acidic. thin body and fizzy. sweet, meaty, ovaltine, maple syrup. pretty good.
GarrettB (898) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
February 27th, 2012 - The special edition, temporally sensitive beers at Trader Joe’s have really been hit or miss. The Mission Street 2012 falls somewhere between this range, which has varied from “Undrinkable, and a burden to TJ’s brand” to “Who needs other beers when I can have this for $5 per bomber?” It pours a deep dark brown, and immediately gives off a light scent of maple syrup, and the familiar caramelized malt scents that are stapled onto every dark, winter warmer beer being pushed onto shelves. The flavor is much improved over the aroma, adding layers of complexity between raisins, a light, freshly cut wood smell, and the umami cheese rind flavor that I savor in dubbels. This would be a remarkable beer-on-tongue achievement if it weren’t for the palate and mouthfeel, which completely collapse under the weight of the flavors presented. This beer comes off as light, pale and frail, though it features deeper, more intense tastes. It’s like seeing a Yaris carrying a truck’s worth of cargo on the roof, the weight and volume of which make the whole thing look like an upside down pyramid, beginning with the grand piano swaying precariously on the pile of possessions, and narrowing down to the over-strained, over-work car. It’s a tortured metaphor, but it’s how this beer feels - flimsy, and unable to hold the weight of itself.
jredmond (4872) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Max’s. Pours a deep amber body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is chocolate malt and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of booze, sweet caramel malt and resin.
pdx77 (930) - Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. 2013 vintage. Deep almost black in color. Aroma is fig, roasting, and liquor. Taste is dark malt, fig/plum, chocolate, and liquor. Finishes with a boozy dark aftertaste and warming effect.
pdx76 (451) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - pours out dark brown with small foamy head. Nose mostly of malt, caramel, and syrup. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of sweet malt and maple syrup. Would prefer more hops to balance out the sweetness.
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Ron (2313) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red/brown with almost no head. Aromas of roasted malt and caramel. Flavors of caramel, light chocolate and malts, with a bit of dark fruit and banana. Thin amount of cream though alcohol is not well hidden.
jb (2018) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared Ron’s bottle. Dark cider color,very hazy, minor film on top of beer. Candy corn, dark fruit, plums, in the nose. Syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of sugars tasted. Barley wine like, needs a bit more bite, still, it was decent.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Bottle. Pours a clear amber with medium off white head. The aroma is a bready malt, caramel, and roast. Medium mouthfeel with strong caramel and vanilla flavor and nice sweet finish. Very good.