arminjewell (6414) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, coffee, slight chocolate, hints of spice, slight caramel note in there as well. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, lots of roast, slight dark fruit, hints of caramel, spice, finishing fairly bitter, roasted.
Blairgus (2727) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
29 Sept 2011, tap at the brewery. black and thin w/ thin tan lacing. smells like a wet charred log or charcoal. fizzy med body. charred wood/dark cofee beans w/ a bit of astringent bitterness. actually, it’s very bitter black coffee. pretty nice
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour on this one is quite nice. A deep, dark brown color with a very fluffy tan head which dies down a decent amount but leaves some nice lacing.
S: The nose is incredibly heavy on the licorice notes, but that is to be expected. There are also some molasses and roasted malt undertones.
T: The flavor has a little bit more balance to it than the nose does. While there is still plenty in the way of licorice, a bit more of the molasses comes through along with a touch of toffee and some roasted malt.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: I enjoy licorice, but you really have to be a fan of it for this beer. I think a little bit less in the way of the star anise in the brewing process would make this beer a lot better.
JohnnyJ (4536) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Bistro. Clear brown pour, small off-white head. Roasted malt, lots of licorice, molasses, and some peat. Interesting beer, the licorice really stands out.
antioch (6) - Riverside, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the tasting room. Pours a very dark brown and smells of black licorice mostly, some aroma of roasted malts come through too. Anise is a very dominating aroma though. The taste was that of the licorice, but had the feel of a nice porter. Good beer, interesting.
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; pored a dark brown/black. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, and more licorice. Flavor of black licorice, eath, leather,wood and roasted malt. A little strange but nice.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery, this black pour had flavors of molasses, roasted grain and anise.
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bootleggers. Both version. Dry, eatery, chocolate coffee. Taste is similar nice and caramel, light vanilla. Prefer the XXII version.