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Brewed by Cliff Quay
Style: Porter
Stowmarket, England

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Regular.
A rich aniseed and roasted aniseed aroma, heralds the warming depths of complex and intriguing this porter with a twist. Deepest and darkest ruby black in colour, with a pale creamy head, the flavours strike in waves, aniseed, roasted grains, sweetness, bitterness combined and then finally an aniseed aftertaste. A marmite beer, you will love it or hate it!


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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, - JUL 14, 2009
Handpull @ The Wenlock. Chestnut brown with a thin off white head. Nose of sweet malts and aniseed. Extremely sweet and watery with aniseed and slight tobacco hints in the swallow. Way, way too sweet and thin for what they’re attempting, more of an aniseed mild. A heavier roast and more body could’ve pulled it off but not this, If you’re gonna try extreme flavours you have to commit but this is just half the effort.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (3775) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 5, 2013
Cambridge Blue Summer Beer Festival 2013, Cambridge

Cask. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, licorice. taste roasted malt, coffee, which is overwhelmed with strong anise. Enjoyable beer, but not for everyday drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium to dark brown colour with a small, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, licorice - anis seed. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, anis seed, spicy, nice balanced. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120505]

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (493) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2013
Cask handpull at the Hole In The Wall, Colchester. Chosen with some trepidation as I’m not a huge aniseed fan, but a taster convinced me. Black beer with minimal white head. Quite a thin body. The aniseed is evident but fairly mild so does not overpower and makes it very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2012
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Copper colour, small white head. Aroma is salted liquorice, some wood and mild spicy and ashy notes. Flavour is salted liqwuorice, mild caramel and some slight wooden notes. Refreshing and quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13110) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2012
cask at reading ... dark brown ... totall aniseed nose ... and totally aniseed ... star aniss flavour ... nice but wierd as the proverbian fuck ..

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Cask at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, 15th June 2010. Pure black with very little head. Nose is aniseed, coffee and if left for a while, cheesy feet. Taste is lots of aniseed, a bit of milky coffee and flat cola. Ok palate. An interesting experiment but not really drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (13343) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
15th June 2010. Cask & Kitchen. Clear dark red brown beer. Short lived cream head. Light semi dry palate. Tangy red fruit, a minty tone and then sweet aniseed. Finishes with some orange squash and some more aniseed. Unusual and tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2009
Guest cask at the Pembury Tavern, London on 27th June 2009. Deep brown with white flattish head. The taste of liquorice and aniseed is an acquired one, but this beer is well crafted and the flavours carry off well. Anyone remembering eating "blackjacks" as a kid will have their memories jogged! Mixture of bitterness and aniseed carry through on a smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4196) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2009
Cask, gravity dispensed, at the 2nd Beer Festival at the Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Tawny brown and rather flat with a ring of white head; aniseed aroma; the flavour is dominated with licorice and aniseed and the finish has even more aniseed - it was at this point that I suddenly realised the relevance of the name - this is just like the Black Jack penny chews that were around in my childhood - pity they weren’t alcoholic!


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