Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage AleTrader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale

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86
very good

246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerDocT on 11-02-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking it cold. Pouring out of bottle. The liquid part is dark rich black color with a slight red tint. The foam head is very large and light brown. This is a beer that tends to pour with a lot of head. The head has a slightly creamy mouthfeel and is actually quite enjoyable.

Smells sweet with a faint hint of Logan fruit. Upon drinking, it is toasty, with medium high amount of carbonation. Spices tingle my tongue a little. The one minus is that the beer does not have a very viscous mouthfeel that I had thought it would. It definitely doesn't have the heavy mouth that I wish it had, but then again it isn't a stout, its a dark ale. Tastes quite decent, good amount of toastiness, sweetness, and some slight hints of fruit similar to a fig or prune with a bit of brown sugar. Not hoppy or bitter at all. Taste leaves the mouth fairly quickly and doesn't linger like a heavier/heartier beer.

Edit: As the beer gets wamrer, the spices are a bit more prominnent. Unfortunatley, is doesnt get any more viscous which is what i feel this beer is missing the mos -texture/mouthfeel.

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Type: 750 ML glass
Glass: Oversized Sea Smoke wine glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: June 19, 2013
Consumed: June 22, 2013
Misc.: Best before July 6, 2015

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan lacing. Below average lacing with some occasional wet spots on the sides of the glass. Average-to-below average retention on the top.

Smelled dark malts and Belgian spices. Specifically got roasty nuts, toffee, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, pepper and cloves.

Tasted like toned down version of the smell. Got those Belgian spices. Also winter warmer notes like cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. The 9 percent alcohol is well-hidden.

Medium body, Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

This beer grew on me as it went down. Not as good as the Providential Belgian Style Golden Ale I tried last night, but definitely worthy.

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Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.