tekhna (118) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really interesting citrus, an almost ginger bite on the sides of the tongue. A little sweet. The cocoa isn’t too strong, but very nice. Some chocolate on the nose, yeasty. A tad overcarbed? Gorgeous head, nice color. Couldn’t get the cork out. Overall nice beer. A bit thin, but nice. Especially for 4 bucks.
MrBunn (2510) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I guess I stumbled into Trader Joe’s the day after this arrived. Not a bad bit of luck. Anyhoo... pours a dark brown with a huge cola fizz head. (I still find Unibroue heads obnoxious. Aromas are a mix of nuts, earthiness, cola, and a kind of odd presence that is almost like garbage or something, although I know that’s not quite right. Cola and booze come out pretty strong in the flavor with an earthy/nutty finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little warm from the higher ABV. This is pretty decent (especially for the price.)
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
coffee-colored head, but no coffee flavor. pours with way too much head due to the high carbonation. is this beer or champagne? after making it past the foamy head, you first notice how crisp and light this beer is. taste is mild roast with something else that i can’t fully describe. maybe burnt carmel or over-toasted bread. certainly nothing too special.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color upon pouring. Mostly foam. Somewhat roasty nose. Some yeastiness with a good amount of spice. Flavor is somewhat dry up front. Some chocolate and roastiness. Good spiced flavors. Somewhat sweet. Very prickly. Pretty tasty.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mesa, AZ trader Joes.
Pours a deep brown with a huge active light brown head.
Aroma is chocolate, belgian yeasts, esthers, spices, and as much as I hate to say it Unibroue’ish. Flavor is roasted malt chocolate, belgian yeasts, esthers, ginger, dark fruits, candi sugar and other spices. Lots of prickly carbonation and very lively on the palate. One of their better renditions of the vintage ale.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from TJ’s in creve coure mo. Really a great drinking beer. Dark pour with large white head. once you taste it you really know it’s a unibroue product. Nice belgian funk to it
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Sacramento, CA. C&C. Cork came off with a pfft. Pours really dark brown with a 5 finger tan head. Sort of a bayberry aroma. Really smells a bit like a Xmas candle. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor seemed evergreen, but suddenly it is definitely ginger. And some sweet, pretty dark, roasted malt. Finishes malty, but the ginger tends to balance that. Chocolate starts coming out after awhile. The head keeps doing interesting things. This year’s ale is really out there. Far, far out there.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a foamy off white head. Sweet chocolate, toffee, cola nut, and citrus aroma. Tastes of orange, spice, chocolate nibs, and mild coffee in the finish.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is not malty or roasted. Rich smelling. Pours dark brown close to black. Alot of plum type flavor in here. A faint touch of spice. The cheeks warm up but only after a few sips. Really nice.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked this up at the Trader Joe’s in Orland Park, Illinois. It poured a nearly opaque dark brown body, having some mahogany around the edges and a tall, fizzy tan head that settled down fairly quickly. The aroma was dominated by the ginger. Beneath it was some dark lightly roasted malt, a spritz of lemon, and a suggestion of cocoa powder. The flavor was an improvement, although it took on a medicinal turn with a heavy handed spiciness. Very carbonated and gassy. The finish had a gingery dryness. Okay.