Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Trader Joe’s Reston. It pours an opaque black with a tan, frothy head that quickly settles. The nose has a good bit of clove and spice, but not much else. The flavor is a touch metallic and very heavy handed with the spices. I feel like I am drinking clove laden potpourri. There is a touch of fig and sweetness on the back end, but this brew comes across as a little dull. Light to medium body with too much carbonation, thinning out the body more than it already is. This one doesn’t do much for me.
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4302-20120219] Bottle. Roasted figgy malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Rich roasted malt grain flavour has a lingering sweet heavy aftertaste. Full body hides its alcohol fairly well. Tasty and delicious. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8
(w/ jerc, others)
adrosson (146) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good for the price. A little too dark and rich for my taste. Prefer these drier and hoppier.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
C&C 750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Big yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, spice, stone fruits, caramela and smoke. The taste is bread, spice, cherries, plums, stone fruits, caramel and a faint bit of smoke. Medium-full bodied, spritzy carbonation, very interesting and pretty damn good.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Trader Joes. Obviously. Starts out spicy, evolves into a bitter, pruny, smooth nice...thing. Quite smooth. Alcohol shows and adds to the flavor, but in an entirely positive way.
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly, it tastes just like Chimey Red. Red my review on that. I ain’t even lying.
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany deep dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Smell is instant and rather big spicy notes (nutmeg, cinnamon), some bready yeast. Taste is more spice and smooth yeast dough finish. Excellant holiday beer and nice brew overall.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Made for Trader Joe’s by Unibrue. Pours rich dark brown with frothy white head. Settles down quickly. Aroma is belgian yeast with booze and some malt scents. First sip is boozey, yeasty nutty profile with lots of carbonation. Aftertase is spicy sweet butty finish. Lots of unrealized potential here.
CapFlu (4363) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle) Courtesy of Left4beer. Aroma of ginger and malt. Very spearmint and tonic. Dental, gross. Boring.
--- reviewed on RateBeer.com
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a dark ruby-brown color with a huge foam light-tan head. Aroma was dark fruits, sweet malts, touch of spice. Reminds me a bit of a raisin cookie. Flavor is heavy on the dried fruits, with a ton of malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite subdued with this one, even though it’s 9%. Nice!