BeerandBlues2 (10545) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours dark brown with a bubbly, fizzy light tan head, low retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy caramel, toffee, and cookie malt, floral hops, perfume, dates, plums, oak, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt, dark fruit, spices, wood, and sarsaparilla. Full bodied, heavy carbonation, and a sweet finish.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
C&C 750 mL bottle from the Glen Allen, VA Trader Joe’s. Pours a clear but very, very dark brown appearing black in the glass. Large tan head fades quickly but leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of toffee, tropical fruits, citrus, lots of spice, and a bit of cocoa. Big spices in the taste including coriander and ginger, some nutty notes, chocolate and citrus. Medium bodied. Nice sipping beer.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with a thin amber head. The nose is loaded with sweet plummy fruitiness. Very Unibroue-ish. Lots of chewy sweet malt and a little bit of earthiness as well. Raisins, plums and a heavy yeasty spiciness. Dried spices.
mcberko (8538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours an opaque dark amber brown with a towering foamy beige head. Aroma of spices upfront, bubblegum, licorice, and some mild candied sugar. Flavour of spices, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some caramel. Complex, more spicy than the last couple of vintages, with medium carbonation that brings out the complexity perfectly. Great stuff, but inferior to the last couple of vintages.
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-03-04. Very dark brown body with a modest tan head. 3+ Pleasant aroma, dark malt, mild spice is vaguely anise like but not quite, light alcohol. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet dark malt core, anise/herbal character is well integrated. Smooth medium bodied palate. Recalls Trois Pistole with more spice character. Enjoyable. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry/Garthicus
DrSilverworm (7997) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Dark brown but clear color. Minimal khaki head, little lace. Nice estery lightly spicy nose. Soft, light to moderate carbonation. Dry texture. Nice spicy flavor. Light belgian yeast, little roasty malt. Hint of smoke. Liking this.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Cheap...$4 something...$5 with tax...for a (9% Unibroue beer? Hellyeah!). Pours with a near black boy and a fluffy and large light brown head. Aroma of metal notes, cocoa, milk chocolate, coriander, berry notes (slightly tart), thistle and ginger. Taste of milk chocolate, spice, alcohol, metallic notes, malted milk, lavender and lots of sweetness. Lively bubbles, medium body, playful alcohol. For some reason I don’t think this will age as well as the 2008 (in the long term). That said I would wait about 6 months (summer) on this one as it is still a bit rough around the edges. A great buy!
deyholla (7635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma had notes of sweet citrus, ginger and caramel. Flavor was sweet with notes of chocolate and caramel with a slight ginger undertone.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours murky deep muddy mahogany with tall tan head. The aroma goes from apples to spices and then to a tart spiciness. The taste is sweeter than the nose with apples, spiced apple sauce and honey followed by a spicy to spicy tart sensation. Pretty darn sweet overall.
Ughsmash (7281) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Blake for the 750mL bottle! Poured clear mahogany with a dense, easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted plums and vinous notes upfront over a little caramel/molasses blend for support.. redder fruit skins, toasted oak, and a little vanilla around.. spicy, tart, and intriguing. The flavor found more of the fruits, both as toasty sweetness at the core and sourness around (joined by vinous and oaky notes, peppery yeast, and again a little vanilla).. a bit green on the back-end.. peppery yeast and fruity notes over sweet molasses on the finish. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. spicy and well-balanced.. this was very drinkable and tasty.