darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of George. Pours a Deep black with huge nose of herbal licorice and basil. Flavor is interesting, the herbs hit you first. With sweet fennel and mint being most apparent. The licorice blends with the deeply roasted malt adding another of roasty complexity. Finishes lightly bitter and herbal with lingering nutty roasted notes. Very neat treatment of a great beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the bar side of the brewery on December 30, 2010.
Pours near black with a good tan head. Not sure if this changed much since the Anniversary Extravaganza, but I thought it was spot-on when we came back. The aroma was really, really nice almost smelling the an Andes mint as the mint and chocolate characteristics of the beer really came through with the fennel, licorice, and basil lingering more in the background. The taste was nearly just as explosive with a beautifully-done mint presence. Good sweetness and minty freshness in the feel. A bit too much to drink a full pint of, but this was a really nice beer.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-Body is a very dark brown, nearly black hue. Served with a one finger or so tan head that fades to aq thin collar that remains thin but lingers on for awhile. Hints of vibrant red can be seen when this brew is held up to the light.
S- The tea and mint can be detected and accent the profile of DA-which is pretty mild with plum raisin, anise, chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt coming through deep in the background.
T- Initial flavor is quite smnooth and balanced with an equal balance of roasted malt, vanilla, anise, licorice. The initial flavor is pretty much the same as regular DA but a lot milder and a hint of tea can be detected deep in the bakcground The flavors remain mild for the finish but just a hint of refreshing mint comes through on the back on the palate and lingers briefly.
M- Low to medium carbonation a medium weight body. The body is very smooth but noticably thinner than regular DA.
D- This is an interesting, refreshing spin on DA- and the slightly lighter weight body and addition of the refreshing mint make it slightly easier to consume.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-05-2010 23:31:48
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler... Pours new moon black with a small, fat-bubbled, khaki head. Decent retention. The bouquet is an interesting assortment of herbs that synergistically come together to fashion a sassafras tea-like scent. Full-bodied with a thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The chocolaty, herbal flavor supplies a boatload of singed cacao nibs and bittersweet herbal tea. Deeply roasted, bittersweet herbal tea finish. Big-time thanks to darkguardian for sharing this rare, hard-to-find treat.
JStax (3346) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is dark black with a tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, nuts, and some mint. Taste is much like the aroma with the coffee and chocolate in the forefront with a light minty taste coming through in the finish. I don’t really get any of the basil, but the licorice and sweet fennel I can taste lightly in the middle of each drink. Heavy beer. Much more than a sample of this and you would have no need to eat anything during your visit to this brewery.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
The beer is quite black leaning in color and has a brown tinged head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, a floral character that leans towards chamomile, some anise notes and some green herbal touches to round things out. As I get used to the nose more of the toasted whole grain character and dark-roast notes start to come out and there also seems to be spiciness to this beer that is not unlike that from rye.
The flavor is very herbal tasting, but there is lots of anise like flavors to it up front that mix in quite well with the herbal notes. The finish has a huge, creamy, dark chocolate character that is characteristic of a big stout. The anise note actually continues in the finish and mixes with the dark chocolate and dark malt notes quite well. I am definitely digging the rich, sweet, dark malt character that forms the backbone of this beer. The body is quite rich and chewy; this is definitely a sipping beer, but it is not so thick as to be cloying.
This is quite a nice beer, the spice doesn’t quite overwhelm the base beer richness. Actually, especially given that a spice dominance like that found in this beer, actually works for this particular beer; I found myself enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I would have expected.
JaBier (5094) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Jackie O’s 5th Anniversary Extravaganza. Pours a brown/black color with a medium tan head. Nose is licorice, chocolate and spice. Licorice hits you first, then some spice before the chocolate takes over. Finish is spicy and roasty.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. Pours brown-black with a thin light beige head that dissipates quickly. Spotty rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chai tea and mint. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, licorice, mint and coffee. The finish is coffee and herbs. Above average overall.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark apparition Tea-bagged. on tap at jackie o’s over one of the previouos release weekends... Appearance is same as the rest... Aroma of tea and herbalness
to coincide with menthol minty qualities... Flavors are very much the
same with more of the sweeter profile with the aforementioned minty
menthol and herbalness. Sweet and medium bodied. Too medicinal and
herbal for my liking.
alexsdad06 (6307) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Jackie O’s 5th Anny. party. Pours dark brown/black with a small beige head. The nose is strongly herbal with an emphasis on mint. Hardly any of the stout character comes through which is disappointing because I love the base beer. The herbs again dominate the flavor leaving little of the base beer to be found. Medium plus bodied. It is definitely worth a try because it’s different. It just isn’t my thing.