EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clean cola ebony with a very effervescent head. Smells like Santa: rum raisins, caramelized sugar, anise cinnamon, ginger and a slight tinge of something herbal. Nicely light and carbonated body that tingles your taste buds with flavors of brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, rum raisin, and prune. Clean finish that is pleasantly sweet with a nice alcoholic warmth like Santa’s breath.
Iphonephan (6604) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle. Caramel aroma. Flavors of cherries and toffee. Sweet.
stevoj (4439) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle share courtesy of Toby. This one didn’t seem to hold up too well in aging. Dark pour with small airy head, seemed kind of flat and dull. Aroma and taste were in the right zone for the style, but it seemed it had started to go down hill, dusty, dirty, funky elements. Too bad...
Banksiz (118) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight prune-raisin-molasses nose. Medium sweet with a light bitterness. Medium body, slightly warming as it goes down, Smooth finish with lingering flavor and no residual harshness. Nevertheless, not as playing as the 2011 vintage ale.
jandd1983 (4052) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of belgian yeast with some spices and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with a sweet malty finish.
djd07 (13179) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is brown sugar and dark fruit. Medium mouth, strong brown sugar, raisin, figs, and candy sugar finish. Good.
Ron (3789) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Herbal nose with some sweet brown sugar, some light spices and alcohol. Lots of herbal notes to the flavor with roast, some chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. I aged this for 2 years in my beer cellar. It did not seem to mellow out to me. There was some malt separation as the 2nd glass was maltier than the 1st.
Patrickctenchi (6362) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purple-black, with a minimal beige head.
Cola and cinnamon aroma.
Flavour is cinnamon, black cherry, cola...
Very sweet, and quite tasty.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle -
Apart from this being an absolute steal at Trader Joe’s ($4.99 for a 750ml bomber of a BSA?? Where do I get in line!) this is a phenomenal beer and while I haven’t rated it side by side to beers in years past, this one was extremely tasty.
Tons of dark pitted fruit in the aroma, lots of mulling spice, Coke mixed with brown sugar...loved it. Lots of clove/all-spice like flavors combined with cherries, plums, Tootsie rolls and toffee with a long, spicy finish. The beer had just the right amount of sweetness left in it to accentuate all these fruit flavors and meld really, really nicely with the spices. Definitely recommended.
fcjack1 (266) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trader Joe’s (of course). Pours very dark brown. Tan head. Scent is a little boozy, red wine. Taste is a little dark cherry, fig and alcohol. Not sure what this tasted like in 2012 but, its pretty dang good now.
shrubber85 (11011) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of NeoHippie2). Cinnamon, pepper, and malt aroma. Black with large tan head. Sweet spicy cinnamon/nutmeg and toffee malt flavor. Very lightly bitter herbal finish. Quite nice - finally a good Trader Joe’s beer.