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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Blind Spot - Dark Specialty Ale: Blind Spot is ideal for the colder months, but perfectly enjoyable any time of the year. Fermented with a traditional English yeast. Wonderfully robust, full-bodied with a rich and warming finish. We have added a light dosing of dried ginger, cardamon, grain of paradise and star anise to the whirpool for some enjoyable spicing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
Californian spice beer; probably a vintage bottle of a few years old, but as is often the case with Americans, no date is mentioned anywhere. Very dark and somewhat hazy burgundy colour, bordering on black, under a light brownish beige, moussy, stable head. The aroma shocks me at first: complex alright, but everything but pleasant. My nose is attacked by a mixture of burnt paper, damp cellar, wet cardboard, sewer water, earth and a ton of spices, varying between rotting ginger root and mouldy cardamom seeds... Other impressions include bitter chocolate, cigar tobacco, brown rhum, bell peppers, caramel, peanuts, brambleberries, raisins, cedar wood, coffee liqueur and indeed an ethereal hint of star aniseed which becomes more prominent and more aromatic as it warms up. With such an exaggerated amount of spices combined with mouldy off-flavours, I hesitate to take a sip... Taste is more bearable, yet intense: candied fruit sweetness in onset, a bit syrupy even, candied dates, banana, overripe pear, with a strong, complex, resinous spiciness coming up quickly and dominating the rest of the palate; the ginger, cardamom, grain of paradise (reminiscent of coriander seed) and star aniseed are all discernible, but admittedly I’d have more trouble identifying them if they weren’t explicitly mentioned. Anyway, very, very aromatically spiced indeed, on top of a thick, deep, chocolatey malt sweetness, full and creamy body and hints of roasted, ’cold coffee’-like bitterness; the initial candied sweetness lingers a bit in the finish, where the aromatic spices keep persisting as well with a drying, very resinous effect, along with some spicy hop bitterishness, lingering but soft roasted bitterishness and a fair deal of warming, liqueur- or rhum-like alcohol. I was horrified by the off-flavours at first, but they luckily completely receded after a while, making this ale more balanced and more attractive. Still, an overdosis of spices, as is clearly the case here, is something I have difficulties with; I have encountered the same ’spice bomb’ effect in some Wallonian beers as well as a few other Americans, and I am convinced these beers would benefit from a bit less. All things considered, I still managed to enjoy this once I got used to it, the rich chocolatey maltiness is very satisfying and the damp cellar and mould odours which attacked me at first, were probably due to bad storage in the online shop where I bought it, so I’ll give it an above average rating nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, ginger, cinnamon, licorice, star anise, roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, citrus, ginger, cinnamon, licorice, star anise, roasted malt, sugar, chocolate. OK beer. KRS 150814.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
figas (8) - - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
Butelkowe. Ciemne, lekko kwaśne, nie w moim typie. Piana ładna, słabo koronkowała.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11551) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle at home. Dark chestnut brown with a fluffy off-white head. Dark malty aroma with chocolate, caramel, dried fruit and a touch of licorice along with various spice notes. Sweet malty flavour with roasted notes, chocolate, licorice and light coffee, along with spice that tends to get a little dominating after a few sips

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1265) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 5, 2014
Botella de 65 cl en el lúpulo en febrero de 2014 sabores maltosos y herbáceos con un cuerpo medio de 8.2 vol. Original.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bov (10204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 22, 2014
from Erzbierschof - pours a very dark beer under a long lasting creamy beige foam; nice lacework; aroma of marzipan, molasses and ginger; sweet and rich; full-bodied, spicy earthyness, lot of residual sugars and a long aftertaste of plums, molasses and mocha - quite cloying

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nudiebear (177) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle.. Poured opaque dark with no head to speak of. Aromatics of peppermint, ginger and after eight chocolate. Tasted mostly sweet with fresh notes. OK

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14775) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle, 22oz. A very dark brown beer, topped by a creamy, light tan head of moderate size. The aroma has a light spiced touch, some licorice and roasted malts, and a good dash of chocolate and treacle. Dark sugar too. It’s full-bodied and lightly warming, soft and almost sticky sweet on the palate, Lasting finish with licorice, treacle, chocolate and spices. Not sure about this one. Sure, it’s nice, but perhaps too sweet. Well, it’s nice. 140815

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate and hint of licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a ginger, chocolate and hint of licorice finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6298) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, licorice, ginger and roasted malt, Flavor is sweet and malty with some brown sugar, ginger and spices. Medium body, average carbonation.


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