ketchepillar (1184) - 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 (2129) - 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 (5096) - 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 (6948) - 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!
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Dark muddy brown pour, huge foamy light tan head, which quickly disipates. Dark dried fruit, raisin, very spicy, clove, yeasty, dark sugars, and esters. Lively yeast, makes a light body for the abv. Pretty good beer, I haven’t had a unibroue for a while. Not the best, but good.
BVery (9285) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark muddy brown pour with a foamy white head. Nose of yeast and raisin. Medium palate. Taste is dark fruit and a touch of earthiness. Good stuff.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Linh. Great Belgian ale to ease back into. Spicy ester aroma. Mouthfeel is champagne yeast , sparkling carbonated feel with. Notes of dark fruit, clove, Belgian yeast, spicy esters.
Pailhead (6349) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma is a great combination of banana, dark fruits, apple, and clove. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a large greyish-beige head. The flavor starts with dark fruits and raisins. There’s some light banana in the background. The finish has cloves, apple, and faint metallic notes. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, the metallic notes really hurt. If the metallic notes drop out over time, this could be excellent.