RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Disappointing! Look forward to this release and this year was by far the worst I've had. Metallic taste, sweet malt. Strong figs, dates. Dark cherry? Watery mouthfeel on the back end of my palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy App

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (8076) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2012
750ml bottle pours a mostly opaque black with garnet edges and a thin, creamy, off white head. Nose of dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisins, ginger, clove, some banana, a little pineapple. Flavor was similar, raisins, prune juice, cane sugar, rum, cloves, plum, pear. Full bodied, lightly spicy finish. You know, for $4.99 for a 750ml, this is a decent deal. Not sure I’d age this year’s batch though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2012
The aroma is of dark fruit and spices. The beer pours an opaque dark brown, with a giant, out of control light tan head. Very nice flavor, with dark fruit, spice, and a hint of roast. The alcohol is very well hidden, and there’s a nice lingering finish of spices. It was my first experience with TJ beer and I gat one I wish I would have bought more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2793) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7844) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Ah, it’s that time of year again - $4.99 750ml bottles of Unibroue beer! Poured a dark brown with a light tan, fluffy head. Aroma was sweet dark fruits, some brown sugar notes. Flavor was sweet dark, dried fruits, brown sugar, with some light spice notes. Alcohol is pretty well subdued - drank the entire bottle over the course of an evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
750ml. Finished my last 2011 a couple days ago, looking forward to the 2012. Dark reddish brown with a mocha colored head. Aroma is figs, dates, rum, cloves and assorted nondescript spices. Taste is dark fruits, white pepper, light anise and moderate alcohol. Finish is dry with a lingering dark fruit and spice flavor. Mysterious but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1840) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Opaque, dark muddy brown with a frothy tan head, solid retention and ok lace. Yeasty aromas with black cherry, plum, brown sugar, Grandma’s candy dish, and spices. Cherry and plum fruit sweetness is accompanied by clove-like spice and caramel malt. Pepper kick in the finish. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a delicately sweet finish. There are a lot of holiday releases I look forward to - SN Celebration, Anchor, Alesmith - but this Unibroue/TJ is consistently outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattBD (11) - - NOV 10, 2012
Pours a dark brown, next to opaque in the glass. Lightly frothed head, sticks around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (84) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2016 I really wanted this to be a rave review of what has become a favorite "thing"; the annual release of Unibroue’s vintage ale. If you are looking for a killer brew, you might want to keep looking. If you are looking for a smooth, drinkable wonderful yeasty version of what Unibroue does, this is it. Pours black as coal with a tan head that is reduced to a thin covering with just enough lacing. There is very little nose, thin mouth, tons of spicy bubblegum-ish smoked and roasted candy, with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4280) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pour is a dark brown, darker than I remember past vintages, with a large tan head. Aroma is musty yeast, big spice like a nutmeg and dark fruit. Flavor is is more of a earthy sweet malt to start then comes a nice berry and spice after the swallow. I can’t remember these things from one year to the next but they are always above par and affordable. This years seems to have a bit more spice and berry.

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