beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub-Black pour w/almost no head & decent lacing. Flavors of molasis, licorice & balsam pine-had a bit of a Sambuca flavor to it, no doubt from the star anise. Had some chocolate as well. Very different, but I enjoyed it. I would not drink it all the time, but it was a nice change of pace/after dinner drink. Long full finish.
GMCC2181 (1583) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the rehoboth brewpub. Poured into a lager glass, black, small head. Funky aroma of licorice and molasses. Taste was close to the nose. Intially the licorice and pinetree taste hit your tounge. Then a funkey bitterness (but not hops) is in the after taste. I could also taste a hint of coffee. The molasses is strong, a little too strong, which kind of throws if off balance. The more I drank the more I didnt like it...The texture and carbonation levels were average. Definelty a unique beer by dogfish. But to be honest I would not get it again.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the most crowded night ever at the Blind Tiger. Typical cask pour, little head, very loose and light carbonation, rather deep black. The aroma and flavor of this are loaded with licorice all over, though a heavier, molasses type, rather than jellybean in your face style. There is a touch of sweetness and a little bit of roast, but this is pretty one dimensional. It works well but the licorice could have been toned down a fair bit.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ BTAH. Pours opaque black, with a one finger, big bubbled head. Nose is licorice, some espresso and baker’s chocolate. Taste is full - roasty espresso anda bunch of licorice up front, bit of acidic astringency around the edges, but smooth and full overall, with hints of cocoa complementing the espresso. An almost herbal, slightly bitter finish. Quite an interesting beer. The licorice may have been a on the high side for me, but I’d certainly order this again from cask.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at blind tiger. What seems like 90% of this beer smells and tastes like licorice. If licorice, birch, rum, and a light malt is what you want, this is your beer!
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Blind Tiger. Pitch black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is completely loaded with bright pine/spruce resins, licorice and a soft cocoa/dark chocolate back note. Fairly herbal but also with a lot of coffee and plummy molasses as well. Flavour is quite rich and sweet along with a nice licoricey anise flavour on the back. Herbal and rich with lots of wintery pine/spruce resinousness on the back. It’s a very unique brew and one I’d love to have a bottle of on a cold day.