nealblind (1185) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of nutmeg tart straw barnyard yeast cinnamon. tastes intensely of cinnamon sorta like schnapps meets a belgian ale. Creamy yet oversweet and overspiced.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Pours black, tanish, creamy, lasting head. Aroma is spicy licorice/anise/root beer, taste is slightly sweet spice with a slightly sour aftertaste. Medium bodied. Not bad especially for the price, but doesn’t seem as good as the past years were.
DialSquare (3576) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle from TJ’s in Tallahassee. Blackish pour with a big khaki head. Aroma is warm, spices, dark fruit. Tastes are herbal, sweet dark fruit, clove, little cherry, caramel. Slightly medicinal. Pretty decent - especially for 5 bucks.
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours and extremely dark brown color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is filled with several fruit elements; starts off sweet, then you get some fig and raisin in there. Taste is slightly sweet up front, but also has some dark fruit and sour elements in there. I’m interested to see this one aged...
mike67 (953) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours reddish brown with huge, long lasting, fluffy, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt, spices and yeast. Body is full and smooth. Toasted malt, brown sugar, spices, plums and black cherries fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy, with some alcohol warming. Tasty winter brew.
Butters (3983) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown pour with ample tan head. Big malty raisin sweetness And plum and molasses and yeast. Really nice and smooth and big creamy body. Very good.
Headbanger (3555) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle 12/7/13 (Trader Joe’s Naperville)-40° in Trappist Glass-Pours dark brown with a tight tan head. Aroma of yeast, dried fruits,caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is of the same with more yeast and some spices. This full bodied brew once again is well balanced and is a kick butt deal.
thegreenrooster (3601) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice sugar with some dark fruit. Flavor is a bit sugary sweetness with some caramel and molasses. Finish is more sweetness with some fruit and spice. This one probably needs to lay down for awhile as the sweetness takes over everything. A little to sweet now but some age should take sweetness down a bit.
PorterPounder (6390) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, FL - Trader Joe’s - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a a medium thick khaki colored head. that leaves a thin trail of lacing. Aroma has some light licorice notes, some brown sugar, a hint of brandy. Flavor is bold with some sweet brown sugar, s touch of licorice, a brief whisper of chocolate, some liqueur-like accents. Mouthfeel thickness does not quite match the flavor. Excellent, especially considering the price.
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Always one of my favorite deals of the year. Pours with a very deep cola brown hued body with a moderate to large off-white to beige head of foam. Good retention. Aromas are of persimmon, dark fruit, typical Unibroue esters and strong candied spice phenolics (cardamom, clove, coriander amongst others). Plum, dark fruit, cake. Very spicy and complex. A bit vinous. Flavors are of dark fruit, plums, slightly tart, a hint of roast as well. Lots of house yeast character. Rounded malt. Dry finish yet still rich. Short duration. Very lightly metallic. Fuller carbonation. I definitely liked the last two vintages (fresh) a bit more than this one. Still quite a good deal.