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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Tasted with the Nashville crew in late 2011 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle. Pours opaque dark mahogany with an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is baking spices with milk chocolate and some herbal and roasted bitterness. The flavor is more malt-forward milk chocolate with all of the same baking spices, ginger, and anise, with a very pleasant bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long spiced milk chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6646) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottled 650ml. -from Za Popen’t Ljubljana. Dark brown/almost black coloured, medium sized cappucchino head, roasty nose with whiff of berries. Moderate malty, mild roasty, caramel, berries and spices with touch of chocolate and cherries. Also some spices and alcohol in the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (353) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 12, 2015
Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has spices and dark fruits. Taste is definitely on the sweet side with spices and molasses. Overall it’s a nice spiced stout but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1594) - SPAIN - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle 66cl / Botella 66cl. @ Cervezorama 2.0. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Malts, licorise, chocolate, slighly hoppy and spicy / Malta, regaliz, chocolate, ligeramente a lupulo y especiado.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (4502) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2015
750ml bottles (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown color. Small size, brown head, stays. Malty, alcohol, chocolate, roast, hops in aroma. Sweet, metallic, roast, malty taste. Malty, metallic aftertaste. I don’t like that metallicness mixed with malts, but chocolate is nice. Messy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11822) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2015
660ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
This is too sweet. But I like it. Gently spicy, I think I get something clovey that gives some bite to the slightly treacly sweetness. Looks beautiful, black, and with a large persistent tan head. Again, sweet taste, but everything is so well balanced, and it’s not heavy. Some gentle burntness, some treacle, again there’s a nice spiciness. Says 8.2% on the bottle, I don’t believe that. This slips down like a nice full 6.0%. Just taken top-ups from Anna and Marduk - I’m lovin’ this, and they ain’t. Finish gently burnt, but no harshness. Love the blue and black berries that crispen up the otherwise sweet malty taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3670) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13333) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
figas (9) - - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
Butelkowe. Ciemne, lekko kwaśne, nie w moim typie. Piana ładna, słabo koronkowała.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11982) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1721) - 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.

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