IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Trader Joe’s when it was released. I didn’t realize that I hadn’t rated it. Best by 7 6 2016. Nose is light cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in front of a malty background. Hazy brown with a big tan head. Flavor is moderately sweet, peppery, and malty caramel. Still drinking excellently without any hint of oxidation.
crossovert (11346) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml corked and caged bottle. Old vintage at this point, very oxidized and forgettable.
markducommun (887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Devon. Lightly clouded reddish mahogany, ample tan head. Slightly spicy, light nutmeg and allspice, maple and molasses. Lightly bittered, quite sweet. Heavier body, though quite clean. Long finish. Excellent.
chinchill (4270) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml cork & wire bottle. "Best before" July 2016 date on bottle.
"Unibroue" stamped on the cork and cap ... a sufficient reason for me to buy this annually. A crescent wrench worked nicely to unseal and help remove the firmly seated cork.
Pours opaque, dark ruby-dark brown with a moderate size, foamy cappuccino-colored head that has excellent retention and leaves decent lacing.
I note that I can repeat a portion of my review of the 2010 version: "The aroma and the flavor both clearly indicate that this is a spiced ale. The exact combination of spices is unclear, but nutmeg and allspice seem most obvious, with hints of clove, ginger and cinnamon. ... the beer is a bit over-spiced [nutmeg or similar] for my taste. ... some raisin, prune and other dark fruit notes are evident."
The complex aroma correctly suggests that the the beer is lightly sweet. High ABV is decently hidden in both taste and smell.
M: smooth; very good, medium carbonation; high ABV mostly hidden excepting some warming and a light tongue bite.
O: A fine winter brew, with plenty of spicy complexity to enjoy in both the flavor and lingering aftertaste, and at a good price for a 750ml Unibroue.
ineedbeer (1817) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle.
Aroma is fairly spicy with ginger, allspice, anise. Some notes of lemongrass and clove as well. Medium light toasted malt notes with hints of roast, chocolate and toffee. Light fruit notes of raisins and prunes. A touch of alcohol.
Big pop upon opening, but no geyser. Pours a very dark brown with hits of burnt amber and a big, moderately thick, dark tan head that slowly, but steadily recedes to a thin film that lingers. Light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is slightly to moderately sweet. Some toffee and caramel with toasted bread and light roast with hints of chocolate. A weird note in the finish that reminds me of those Haribo Cola Gummy candies. Not as much spice as in the aroma, but some sarsaparilla, ginger and anise. Medium bitterness, a bit harsh and grassy. Light alcohol notes. Hints of raisins and prunes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch watery with medium high carbonation. Medium low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an odd beer. The aroma is alright, but the flavor is totally different than the aroma and tastes like a mix between a cola flavored gummy and an herbal mouth lozenge. It tastes a bit better than that sounds like it would. Far from full bodied.
slowrunner77 (10117) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is just a nice deal at $5! nicely spiced, with a dry finishing belgian champagne like yeast strain. cocoa, dark fruit, aroma a little "dusty, but still very nice. abv hidden very well though the carbonation as always is a little much."
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged for two years in my basement. Malty-caramel with some clove and spice and a hint of strawberry. Sweetish balanced by a slight bitterness-sourness. Full body, pleasant bittersweet finish. A great brew and outstanding for the price!
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I don’t believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, I’m copying and pasting this to each vintage I’ve had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out it’s worth picking up a bottle. It’s a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Can’t beat it for the price!
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/25/13. Merry Christmas! 750mL bottle shared graciously by my brother Calvin. Amber brown pour with a nice khaki head. Very fruity, almost citrusy, on the aroma, some deep caramels and dark fruits. Fruity flavor as well, plenty of esters, bready, dark fruits, almost fruit loops in a way, malty. Tasty.
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 07-06-2016. Had this bottle a couple years, hope it’s good now! Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch light tan head that sticked around for a while. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), cloves, peppery spice, and some molasses. It tastes like dark fruit (plums, raisins), peppery spice, cloves, dark bread, cola, molasses and brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it’s sweet, spicy and enjoyable to drink.