Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big fluffy tan head, walnut colored beer. Nice, caged cork 750mL bottle with a painted gilt label. Sweet, dubbel aroma with spice and mustard tones. Sweet, candied, herbal, with a spice astringency. ABV well masked. A little minty towards the end, oddly. Finishes out on the tangy side, alcohol bitter finish. This would be a good pairing with lamb or middle east dishes. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.
AmEricanbrew (5662) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.17.2013.Bottle from TJ’s. Clear brown color with lasting tan head. Nice peppery, gop aromas with mild clove, Uni house yeast, dark caramels. Medium body with average to lively carbonation. Mild to medium spicy clove, gop peppery phenolic flavors with rich dark caramel, black licorice___very tasty.
malrubius (1657) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Same as last year but I guess I like it a little better this year. - Bottle from, you guessed it, Trader Joes. Dark dark brown with lasting flat head and a little lace. Dark fruit and spice aroma with a little burn, probably should age, but I rate these fresh and then age the other four bottle I have. Very dark fruity brown sugar sweet, more fruity than sugary with herbal spicyness and mildly assertive herbal bitter fairly dry finish. Medium body, not quite cloying. Very good. I’d say, the second best bargain ($4.99/750ml) in the business after Victory Helios.
maltman53 (280) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark mahogany color, beige head, lasting lace, clove and fruity ester aroma, palate a nice deep christmas cake, cooked bananas, clove, cherry compote finish.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark and foamy on the pour. Lots of carbonation. Some dark fruit and toffee sort of a flavor to it. Some spice mixed in with the carbonation. I didn’t find this to be as balanced as some years.
rolltideroll (20) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m enjoying this one. Less sweetness than the 2012. Pours dark with an impressive head. Nice spice flavors. Easy drinking for a 9% abv. A bit too carbonated. Aging for a while would smooth it out. I will be going back for a few bottles to age for a couple of years.
RedSox2004 (1214) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Seems very similar to what I remember from last year. Dark brown with mahogany/ruby highlights, big frothy tan head, excellent retention and nice lacing. Dark fruit aromas up front - black cherry, plum, fig - with brown sugar, Grandma’s candy dish, Belgian yeast and spices. Cola and dark fruit sweetness is accompanied by clove-like spice and caramel malt. Pepper kick in the finish. Full bodied, lively carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a delicately sweet finish. I would believe it if you told me this was the 2012 version - enhanced by a somewhat smoother and creamier palate, almost like it’s been aged for a year. Hmm.
estover (53) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tons of carbonation, head replaced quickly by a number of streams from the bottom of the glass, little lacing. Little nose of spice and something medicinal, and a hint of that wonderful Unibrew yeast. Taste of bitter caramel and spice, and there is something medicinal in the taste as well. The front is a tad harsh and quick. The finish is malty and lingers. The feel is thin and effervescent.
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Trader Joe’s in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a creamy, somewhat fizzy, light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and spice, with something quite different - perhaps licorice. Or fennel. Med body or better. Flavor reflects the aroma, along with dark malt. Something like a medicinal plant in the mix. It’s just on the sweet side, but the spice and herbs keep the malt under control.