jackl (4299) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with a small beige head that disappears. The Nose is a bit spicy, some dark fruits, raisins, wood, tart notes. The taste is suprisingly mild given the appearance and nose - fruity, a bit of hot alcohol. some nice dry hops. The body is medium, this feels a bit under-carbonated. Overall, really nice work for the price point - if only Sainsbury’s did something like this! That said, it’s obviously not at the head of the class for the style.
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: very sugary, banana, almost astringent. Appearance: dark brown, frothy light tan head. Taste: very dry fruity, malty, pretty sweet. Mouthfeel: oily, slick, very carbonated almost spicy bite because of this. Overall: really decent beer but I believe it could be amazing in a few years with proper aging.
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Mhyzdu (11) - - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok. A little bitty for my taste. .................................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone
RobertDale (3306) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of spices, yeast, fruit, and more spices. Taste is spices, dark fruit, and malt. Decent, but too spicy and too sweet.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mahogany brown color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of spicy caramel and chocolate. Taste dark fruit, figs, caramel, chocolate, coriander. TJ’s usually does a good job, but for five bucks, this year’s version is amazin, Wish I would have bought more.
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Trader Joe’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at a new practice space while recording a song for a new band. Appearance is pitch black with a rich, bubbly off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, banana, dark fruit, smells nice. Taste is nice, rather smooth, you can tell it packs a punch, not really hoppy at all, can’t get much of a bitterness out of it, not as carbonated as last years version (maybe I got a better bottle???). It’s still pretty great esp at the price point!
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Pours a deep brown with a massive big bubbled, dark tan head. Lots of carbonation. Herbal/spicy aroma, some dark fruits. Maybe some spruce. Bottle conditioned. Lots of Belgian spice, some malt sweetness. Still getting spruce. Medium bodied. Clove in the finish. Spices seem to overwhelm this one, could use a little time to fade.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Trader Joe’s (Tucson) - Pours a hazy brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor is fruit, spice, and yeast. The spice a sweetness lingers in the finish. Medium body. A decent beer.
larryLSB (410) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 750, dark brown with med light tan head. Complex nose, with much going on, boozy, raisins, bubblegum, spicy licorice, but as it warmed, it seemed to come together somewhat. Sweet tasting, cola like. Overall it was average, I am going to pick up another bottle and see how it ages next year.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a big offwhite head. Smells of Christmas: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and various other spices. Taste is a medium sweetness with a definite spice. Texture is creamy. Soft carbonation. Fun she’s tingly. Not bad, but too christmasy for my taste.