nuplastikk (5035) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 11.2oz grenade bottle. Pitch black, maybe a hint of brown. Big, fizzy beige head. Smooth milky dark black licorice and fruity chocolate malt tones. Sour and tart notes create an exquisite balance, perfectly masking or incorporating the big alcohol. Perfectly mellow, an awesome sour creaminess. The spices are perfectly incorporated as well. A masterpiece of a beer, somewhere between a Belgian Porter (is Poorter the only one?)a really classy Belgian Xmas Ale, and a Caribbean Milk Stout.
bb (7401) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Almost black beer with a nice light tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light yeast. Chocolate and toffee malt flavor with yeast. Medium bodied. Chocolate and toffee lingers with light yeast and light vanilla.
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark with a tan head. Aroma smells of spices and a little yeast. The taste is excellent, heavy yeast, some spices yet sweet. This is one great beer.
kapusta (88) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brownish/black gush of liquid began to flow over the cap when opened. Aroma is sweet, bread dough scents with some sweet spice. I did not initially think anise, but it is there after more sniffing. Taste is delicious, alcohol is well hid amongst the spice and sweetness. Very smooth, with some estery notes. A real treat for the senses.
argo0 (12042) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, best by 9/2010. Gushing tan head, but looks lovely when it gets into the glass, atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, candi sugar, roast, light chocolate, Belgian yeast, burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, chocolate, spice, Belgian yeast, light burnt caramel, anise. Smooth medium body, light effervescence, alcohol well contained.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours out clear brown with a very tall lumpy bubbly head that was kind of fizzy and beige in color. the body is almost black or dark dark brown with very little light penetration at all. the aromas are super spicy. i am smelling toffee, caramel, cola, some sort of peppers and it is really complex in the nose. some ripe fruits from the jungle, plums, a lot of candi sugar, and a nice alcohol note. some many aromas to name. it is bubbly across the tongue and not to smooth and a pretty potent booze note on the tongue. it is indeed very spicy, and i do mean spicy. there is some anise, black liquorice, overripe banana, slight chocolate, and sweet malt. not getting to many roasted notes so i am curious on how they got this color. the aftertaste makes the tip of my tongue tingle when it finishes and is pretty rough and strong going down. interesting beer and should be a winter seasonal in my opinion on how this goes down.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Surprised it’s not in the database already, but this is definitely not the blonde, brune, or ambree. Pours pretty much black with big foamy beige head. Smells heavy and strong... lots of roasted malts, licorice, and dark burnt grains, burnt sugar. Bit of soy sauce and possibly some ashy notes. Some day-old coffee ground notes. More-or-less a Belgian stout. Some earthy spices added on the palate. Surprisingly not boozy. Palate a bit prickly. Much better as it warms. Solid.