BillKismet (3341) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, cidery brown with a hazy body and firm cream top. Piquant roast and cardamom aromas. Roasty body with the predominent flavor component being cardamom. Otherwise, this lacks complexity. Dry cardamom finish.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Elysian Fields for SBW. Pours super dark brown with mocha head. Cardamom is the dominant aroma but chocolate and smoke are also present. Cardamom dominates as you drink but the sweet roasted malts are present. Unfortunately, it’s dry on the tongue and has a long bitter finish.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at fields for SBW. Clear dark brown hue with an aroma heavy on anise, licorice, jagr, cardamon. slightly biscuity. taste is clean with a light bitterness.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap@Brewpub. Cardamom aroma. Opaque colour, beige head, good lace. Sweet, light roasted, hint of chocolate, cardamom. Sticky mouth feel. Flavourful but too much with the cardamom and stuff for me.
robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a jet black with a small beige head, and good lacing.
smell of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, spice, and orange peel.
taste is smooth and creamy, cocoa, some smoke, spice, a perfume aftertaste, and roasted malts, ends somewhat bitter.
pede7 (5) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yep. Coriander and Cardamom are the two main spices. Black pepper notes in there too. Just had a taste of this one--don’t recommend getting a whole pint unless you’re going to share.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Elysian Capitol HIll. Enjoyed this while philosophizing on the state of women’s sports and lesbianism with a couple classmates. We were also attempting to figure out which girls from class were lesbians. I am a grad student in Sports Administration and we concluded the sports with the highest influx of lesbians are: softball and basketball. Disclaimer: I love everyone and have no problem with lesbians. Beer pours muddy brown with a beige creamy head. The aroma is an interesting mix of chocolate, roasted malts, and spice - cardamom and coriander I think. Rather spicy almost reminded me of something I probably had at Pumpkinfest. The flavor is initially filled with spice then followed by tasty earthy roasted notes. As the beer warms the spice works very well with the roast and softens a bit. Roast and chocolate are predominant after it warms and the beer has an earthy dry finish. Smooth light carbonation Interesting yet enjoyable.