mintzmeet (129) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sarsaparilla bubble gum. Hint of black licorice. Alcoholic. Don’t like. Strong flavor.
wchesser (994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extra from flandersned. Nice one, Steve. Looks like maple syrup. Medium bodied. Nose is licorice, oak, tobacco, clove and allspice. Flavors follow with chickory and other lightly earthy flavors. Spice and wet leaves. Reminiscent of fuller bodied Anchor Our Special. Hits the mark.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - opens up with a thin hiss and produces a very tiny brownish head on top of a dark thick brown liquid. low level of bubbles and molasses notes, with nutmeg or clove spice behind, and a bit of piney hops. a little reminiscent of anchor’s Our Special Ale, but with a bit more roast and alcohol than OSA ordinarily has. enjoyable but the weight of it all makes it a tough brew to have more than one of...
TheBear11D (149) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Violin Monster pours black with a dark tan brown head that lasts and lasts and leaves lovely lacing. The aroma is complex but I notice chocolate, caramel and toffee. The flavor is caramel, chocolate, toffee and licorice. Overall this is a nice brew.
DrSilverworm (4758) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Sticker on the cap reads 9-13. Very dark brown, slightly red, near-black color. Much darker than expected, pretty stout-looking. Nice thin brown head. Sort of loose ropes and dots of lace. Head soon fades to nothing, with no lace. Very nice ginger, cinnamon aroma, some herbs... Great orange citrus. Nice bigger bitterness, big spiciness, light sweet. Some maple, chocolate. Good toasty malt. Very surprisingly tasty, complex stuff. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation, lightly slick. Very nice, interesting traditional ale. Very creative way to do an autumn ale, more interesting than expected.
Onslow (1078) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Inky dark brew that fizzles but never builds a head. One of the darkest brews I’v ever seen - just held the pint glass up to 60 watt bulb and not one ray of light passed through. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, metal. Taste is sweet malt & toasted malt at the start and then transitions to an espresso / coffee/ dark roasted malt at the end. FInal taste is a deep burnt bitter on the back of the tongue. Sipping it, the alcohol gains prominence both warming and with a bit of a boozy taste. Palate is satisfying and surprisingly agile for such a dark brew - I expected it to be quite heavy. Despite the lake of any head at all it has a fairly active carbonation. Seldom does one see something that is really different, but this one is - and it is quite good too.
MaroonOrange (120) - - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Nearly black color with a coffee head. Bubblegum and spices on the nose. Very flavorful with a dark chocolate finish. Thick palate - very nice.
Teutonosaur (6) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee raisin licorice aroma, beautiful midnight brown with some froth, medium sweet and slightly bitter in the background, medium thick, slightly oily- a beer that’s lovely and best enjoyed one at a time.
fattybladdy (423) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours pitch black. Taste of roasted malt and heavy on spices - cinnamon, nutmeg. An interesting beer, thought this was pretty good.
Mittenator (1051) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Near black with a dark brown head. Tons of fall baking aromas dominated by allspice. Spices, malt and coffee. Good for a small serving.
blackflag321 (431) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour to shaker; dark, opaque black/brown like a porter with a slight head. Full-bodied on the palate with a lot going on: coffee/chocolate/malt; dark fruit; nutmeg; brown ale nuttiness. I don’t think I would drink a lot of this, but I enjoyed the one I had.