Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a ruddy burnt dark orange somewhat muddy in color, almost brown in color. Slight messy lacing.
The aroma had malty sweet notes of caramel, toffee and fig. Sly crisp spicy hops with a little bit of rye and a dash of vanilla meld nicely. Some nuttiness.
The flavor is malty sweet with some quick spicy tones and then develops into the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. Malts seem to tame the spicy tones.
Overall, American strong ale or English? Not sure but it is worthy of having again. high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Pours a lovely red/amber with a small tan head and some lacing. The aroma has some dark malt that gives a fig-like smell, as well a small amount of hops. The flavor malt and plums up front, with a slightly sweet aftertaste and some hop bitterness in the background.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
From Trader Joe’s. Pleasantly surprised by this. Nicely balanced some nice minerals. Not super complex but not bad. Serving: Bottle Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
12oz bottle 4/6/12 (Trader Joe’s Naperville)-40° in Snifter-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness, fruits, toffee, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of the same with some hops on the back end. This full bodied brew is not too shabby. I was not expecting much. jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2012
It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of barley, fruit and some flowery hops and clove. The flavor was of bread, toast, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A very good American Strong Ale.
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
The aroma is grainy and metallic with nuts and a toasted quality. The appearance is dark amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter nutty finish. The palate is average. Overall a decent beer but not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
KBC Winter Ale from the local Trader Joe’s. Nice pour - a deep, clear reddish brown body with a sustained spongy tan head. The aroma was lightly toasted nutty malts, a hint of dark dried fruit, and some soft floral scents. The flavor of this medium-bodied ale was much the same but had a modest earthy bitterness that remained in the dry finish. A pleasant surprize. JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
I would have called this an English Strong Ale. Dark red color. Thin head that lasts until the end of the beer. Aroma has hops, alcohol, and malt sweet, and I pick them up in that order. Flavor is dry, but there is some caramel and more dry hops, with a finish that combines lightly sweet malt with dry, bitter hops. It drank pretty good. From Trader Joes. Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2012
12 oz single as "KBC Winter Ale" from Trader Joes ,Salem OR. $1
Nice darker amber colored ale..with reddish tones. A small yet persistent tan head..turns to great lashings of lace
Good toasty cereal aromas and fresh roasted coffee beans,some hazelnuts and raisin too..nice stuff.
Smooth yet bitter tasting beer..semi dark chocolate,cream,burnt toast,oats then nice herbal/slight resinous hops.
Good and drinkable on the tongue for such a heavy beer.
Overall very pleased with this stuff.Its a marvel it survived at all given the terrible treatment TJs hands out to beer.
best $1 beer ever seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Marketed at Trader Joe’s as K.B.C. Winter Fest. Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Poured a clear, dark brown color with long-lasting off-white foam with lace. Aromas of roasted barley, coffee, fruity and flowery hops (more refined English than American profiles,) citrus zest, berries, even some pepper and clove. Flavors of bread, nuts, toast, toffee, caramelized brown sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, tartness reminiscent of a fine dunkelweizen. Medium body, creamy and chewy mouthfeel, tart and tangy finish. Delicious.