IrsLuver (28) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color with a tan head. Smells of malt and molasses. Tastes as it smells. Smooth yet thick mouthfeel. Alcohol very evident. A solid offering by Bellís, just a tad to malty and a bit much of a molasses taste for my liking. Very good none the less.
jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, candy sugar, molasses and licorice. Taste is sweet candy, like a chocolate bar, dark fruit and booze. Thick and rich. This is a great dessert beer, definitely a sipper
Bricks (515) - Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 A very, very, very dark brown with some carbonation and tan fizzy foamy head. Aroma of malt, soy sauce? and intense dark fruit with a slight funky/fermented smell. Taste of coffee, licorice, molasses, malt, spiciness, maybe some raisins -- very complex and very good. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and there is a slight alcohol burn, but acceptable given the 12.5%. Very good.
EHopper (591) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from barrel at Outdoor Beer Dabbler in St. Paul MN in January. Best of the event. Warm, caremel sweet, dark forest fruit, great malts, probably the perfect setting for it.
Ataraxia (234) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown, almost black with a one-finger beige head. Very hot - reminded me of BCBS and DFH WWS; overpowering bourbon, charred rum barrels, plums, blackcurrants, raisin, molasses, and hints of soy sauce. Full-bodied, a little oily, fizzy, and warming from the alcohol. Long, bittersweet finish.
A bit rough, makes it taste stronger than its actual abv.
LoFi (1432) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with tstockstrom, thanks!
Dark brown to black with a brown head.
Aroma: chocolate liqueur and licorice, light vinous.
Taste: salty licorice, roasted, raisins, cocoa, dark fruit, wood, light red berries, syrup.
Full bodied, maybe a bit grainy texture.
Impossible to know how this has developed with aging, but tastes very nice.
radarsock (625) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2013
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
First time consuming in nearly three years. Hopefully itís not as bad as I remember it being. Inviting some friends over to drink.Final extra from markwise -- thanks? Even before pouring, from the lip of the bottle itís developed a rather perfumy aroma with a strong undercurrent of black licorice, vanilla extract, mouthwash and maraschino cherries. Itís a darkish mahogany brown with which sustained a barely-visible khaki ring resting atop. Definitely not as bad as I remember but deservedly cloyingly sweet. Starts off with notes of milk chocolate, soy sauce, prune syrup, and vanilla extract. Ends with an infected beer flavor. and wood chips. Kinda gross honestly. The only thing I enjoyed was its growing boozy warmth but even with that as a reason to finish Iím just not sure I can. The flavor is almost unbearable.
Westmeister (1299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Kiefer. Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and minimal head. Smell is dark fruits, a bit of messy booze, leather, tobacco, sweet toffee. Immediately reminded me of some of big Schmaltz anniversary brews. Same dark fruits, boozy, soy sauce, tobacco, licorice. A bit too much of a boozy feel and wasnít a fan of the soy sauce quality
solidfunk (2587) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to GT2. This oneís a little uneven. Lots of bitter root taste wafting around in here from the licorice - almost has some of that absinthe kind of feel going on. Pours clearish black, if that makes any sense. Consistency not super thick for style. Pretty bitter finish from roots. Itís ok but not entirely upsetting that I will probably never try this beer again. If I did Iíd wait another year or so for some of the wildness to even out. Bottle.
rbrazell (1308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Lance! From bottle. Deep brown with small brown head. Deep raisin, figs, burnt sugars, toffee and some smoke. Flavor is similar, maybe a bit thin and still some booze. Dry leathered fruit finish. Could probably still use some time.