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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle from Olive Tree Market: Created a tiny thin layer of head while a dark brown liquid was the beer. My nose doesn’t pick up much other than a minor aroma of roasted sugary caramel malts while a touch of yeast is also apparent. The drink is smooth yet boring with only a taste of roasted malts that give off a slight taste of rye and chocolate milk. Does finish with a bitter chocolate taste that’s somewhat astringent and I lose interest in the flavor of the beer. I wouldn’t buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy dark reddish brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of nuts, toasted rye bread, caramel, chocolate, and mint. Flavor of caramel, toasted bread, nuts, cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle shared by Levi! Dark black pour, lacing carbonation and a spicy ginger aroma. Flavor is dark malt, more strong ginger, anise/black licorice & herbal and slightly sweet honey on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, toffee, cardomom and a hint of ginger. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, licorice, cocoa, light earthiness and a hint of cardomom with a smooth lingering spiced cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6097) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
bottled, thanks to black swan, amber in color with flavors of mint chocolate chips cookies, walnuts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2012
bottle. Pours dark brown, with a reddish hue. Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, very spiced, malty, molasses, sweet gale, roasted notes, acidic notes, T: Christmas, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, malty sweet, liquorice, star anise, heavily spiced, not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of holiday spices with some clove, cinnamon, and ginger. There is some dark sweet and roasty malts beneath with a hint of dark fruitiness. T - Starts off with some holiday spices with some cinnamon, ginger, a hint of sweet dark fruit, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, a bit of roasted malt come through with some more spices and a bit of of light fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet lightly roasted malts with spices, dark fruit, and a hint of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nice malt and spice balance with good complexity. The finish has a great mix of being sweet and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
#1469 bottle; nose is rotten fruit, cream, stale coffee, cola, sour earth, leaves, plum, feel is watery, carb is medium, taste is dried fruit, some gingerbread, sour earth, thyme

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (520) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Black color with thick beige head. Malty and mocha aroma. Very smooth body like a Guinness draft. Sweet toffee and toasted malt flavor with a subtle ginger flavor on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is a bit spicy with perhaps some rye or juniper character. Light anise. Fair sweetness and roastiness presence as well. Nice, robust aroma. Scantly transparent dark brown/mahogany body with a medium light tan head. Decent legging present. Starts quite sweet and sugary at first, with some anise, mild cocoa, and spiciness following. Finishes with a robust roastiness. The English yeast imparts almost a minerally underbody. I found this beer really enjoyable. More along the lines of an English Strong Ale than a Spice/Herb/Vegetable, IMO.

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