RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Trader Joe’s 2009 Vintage Ale
You might be used to seeing vintages on wine; not so much on beer. And that’s what makes this ale so special. Trader Joe’s Vintage Ales were developed, crafted, brewed and bottled for us in limited quantities this year. Its flavor, color, texture and overall character are different from our Vintage Ale of 2008, and in 2010 it will be different once again.

The 2009 Vintage Ale
It is an opaque black color and features an impressive coffee-colored foam. In a glass, it boasts cocoa and malt aromas, with a subtle hint of lemon and ginger. A sip from that glass really brings out the best in this ale - malty and mildly sweet, with hints of cocoa, citrus and spices.

Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is ready to enjoy right away, chilled but not ice cold. Unlike many beers, though, this one will age for a few years, and its flavors will become more complex and interesting as time goes by.

What’s that? You’re a beer geek? We love that. You’ll love this. And we assume you’ll want to know this is a dark ale on lees, 9% ABV (that’s Alcohol by Volume, for the non-beer geeks). Oh, and it’s brewed exclusively for Trader Joe’s, of course.

Best Before 09-12-2012

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3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13825) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle shared at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours dark brown with a bubbly, fizzy light tan head, low retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy caramel, toffee, and cookie malt, floral hops, perfume, dates, plums, oak, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt, dark fruit, spices, wood, and sarsaparilla. Full bodied, heavy carbonation, and a sweet finish.

3.4
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of boomer0813) Pours a dark mahogany body with medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, dates, vinous, and mustiness. Flavor of raisins, yeast, chocolate, anise, and dates.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"tasted more like a BSA. not bready like a dubbel. lots of spice, cocoa, a hint of hops and malty sweetness. aroma and flavor mirror each other. nicely done. dryish finish. a little too carbonated."

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12525) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
750 bottle-thanks Brent-distiller for sharing-pours a foamy tan head and brown/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel. Taste is medium malt-caramel, spice hops. Effervescence on ther front of tongue.

3.1
deyholla (12318) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma had notes of sweet citrus, ginger and caramel. Flavor was sweet with notes of chocolate and caramel with a slight ginger undertone.

4
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
2011-03-04. Very dark brown body with a modest tan head. 3+ Pleasant aroma, dark malt, mild spice is vaguely anise like but not quite, light alcohol. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet dark malt core, anise/herbal character is well integrated. Smooth medium bodied palate. Recalls Trois Pistole with more spice character. Enjoyable. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry/Garthicus

3.1
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale
Date: January 27, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trader Joe’s
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown, big beige head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, touch of swee dark fruits, balancing spicyness with a bite of ginger
Flavor: big malt flavor, nice chocolate, just a hint of sweetness, light spicyness with a peppery ginger bite, dry chocolate, dark fruits

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale
Date: December 23, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trader Joe’s
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, fruity esters, lots of phenolic spicyness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, lots of sweet fruity esters, touch of chocolate, balanced with plenty of spicy phenols
Overall: too over the top phenolic for me for a dark Belgian

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.7
alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 from notes. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. A large fluffy rapidly diminishing beige head. The aroma is sweet malty, mild lemon and hints of fresh ginger and spices with the characteristic Unibroue yeast. The flavor is sweet caramel malts, mild citrus, hints of cocoa, light spice with with some characteristic yeast. These are usually clean and tasty, yet nothing really stands out. Good for what it is and the price point.

3.9
marcus (10684) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours dark murky brown with a massive tan head and a slightly smoky chocolate aroma. There is a spicy chocolate and plum flavor with a dry citrus finish.

3.9
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a big tan head. Rich malt, spice, and fruit aroma. Rich malt and yeast flavor with spice and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Rich malt lingers with light toffee, yeast, and spice.


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