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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgajdaczewa (1723) - Katowice, POLAND - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 W aromacie dzieje się dużo, jest czekolada gorzka, sporo czerwonych owoców, przyprawy - przypomina to quadrupla, choć nie jest tak intensywne. W smaku jest wyraźna słodowo - owocowa słodycz, porzeczki, wiśnie, poza tym wyraźna kwaskowość nadana przez ciemne słody, ale i ona jest w posmaku winno owocowa. Do tego dochodzi wyraźna gorzka czekolada i kawa z mlekiem, wszystko spina przyjemna waniliowa nuta.Lekko rozgrzewające. Gładko pijalne mimo woltażu, co czyni to piwo niebezpiecznym. Bardzo smaczne!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
On tap at Beer Rev, pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Full nose of dried fruit and roasted malt. Addition of chocolate in the flavor with some vinous fruit and chocolate. Somewhat dry finish. Hides the 8.2 very well!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3638) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (989) - NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Svart farge med lyst beige skum. Lukter karamell, brent malt og alkohol. Smaken preges av sødme og modne kirsebær. Fruktig og fyldig ettersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (3256) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Svart med lys brunt tykt lavt skum. Brent sjokolademalt, mørke bær, gjær, alkohol, kakao, mye på gang her. Noe bær også. Smaken er overraskende rund og fin. Fruktsmaker og bær, tørket frukt. Syrlig lett bitter avslutning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (556) - 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 15/20
Mora2000 (6157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, mint and roasted malt. The flavor is similar with a lot of mint and wintergreen accompanied by some chocolate, roasted malt, light spices and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
On tap at Beachwood for the Highwater Release night. Pours with a clear bronze hued body with a large, khaki tan head. Aromas are of cardamom, bready, cinnamon, clove, nutty, spicy, malty, cola. Flavors are nutty, malty, molasses, medium spice that lends a brightness. Dry, low spicy bitterness in the finish. Great, late in the season winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Sampled on 1/28/2012. This spiced/herb ale pours a very dark reddish brown/black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, spicy with a hint of ginger. A medium bodied spice/herb/vegetable ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and herbal. Mild carbonation. Malt forward, but not sweet. An interesting mix of spices. Its herbal, earthy, and spicy with a touch of hotness. Very smooth and mellow. Nice sipping beer. This beer would make a great Winter Warner session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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