Metalchopz (2198) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at my local Métro store. Huge beige head that stays a real long time, with foamy lacing. Its colour is really dark red, which is seen through the highlights. Huge anise nose overpowering the roasted malt, with lots of spices reminding me of Jägermeister. Smooth mouthfeel with no burning at all. The anise is not as strong in the taste, blending the black licorice with some fruits (oranges, citrus) with hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish. A real easy drinking strong ale for those who like anise and spices.
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:Anis and spicy....
Appearance:Dark brown, light lacing head...
Flavor:spicy,light nutty flavor.....
Jool (183) - - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 750 mL. Brune opaque. Nez et bouche de gateau aux epices. Une bonne persistance et une bonne intensite.
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 750 mL bottle; bottled on 11/28/2011. Pours cloudy and dark brown with a small, off-white head. Nose is gingerbread, anise, caramel, cinnamon, cloves, cordiander, dark fruits, and orange; reminescent of Unicum or Jägermeister with the herbal character. The taste is much like the nose: anise, black licorice, gingerbread, plums, caramel malt, orange peel, cloves, coriander, and a bit of yeast funk. The finish is long and bitter, leaving lots of spice. Mouth feel is chewy with medium carbonation. Gingerbread and anise dominate here like many holiday beers, but the orange, dark fruit, and coriander really round this one out. A deliciously spicy brew that is sweet enough to balance the spice, but not overwhelm it.
punkska101 (848) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with dad. A: nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel. App: dark brown with lasting beige head. T/p: body is thin with a medium long bitter finish. O: Nice like the spiciness on that one. Only thing that I don’t like is the bitterness. I think its a bit too much.
pushkinwow (1955) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Hazy dark brown with a creamy mocha head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Huge spice right off the bat - cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg - mild anise, some alcohol, sweet malt. High carbonation, moderate but fluffy on the palate, alcohol is definitely present, spice continues through, anise becomes more prominent as does the overall flavour profile - almost becomes too much, or at least not as well balanced as it is initially. Finish is also more on dimensional - curious if maybe this could benefit from some time, or if that would just make it a sweet mess. Worth trying, definitely worth sharing over the holidays with some friends or family.
Marheb (1945) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gâteau aux fruits, anis, cannelle, cassonade, caramel avec une amertume d’agrumes sucrés. La finale poivré rehausse également l’assaut d’épice, beaucoup de caractère. Ce que j’attend normalement de ce type de bière mais qui, rarement, est aussi efficace.
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show. sampled a small amount for comparrison. Excellent description that was accurate, something I was pleased to see. Spicy aroma, plums, currents and christmas cake. some malts on the nose to but not too roasted. Slightly sweet and syrupy flavour but the christmas spirit washes over your mouth and warms your belly. Not sure how i’d feel about a pint or even a half but a mouthful was certainly very nice.
cfrancis (2249) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a slight off-white head. Aroma is rich with roasted malts, black licorice, orange and corriander. Taste is a great mouthfeel, loads of black licorice that burns the mouth long into the aftertaste. Light spice and roasted malts in a nice balance. Orange and corriander lighten the palate.
sseb69 (1474) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 En fût au BDT. Couleur noire, mousse beige-brune. Arôme explosif de café, plein d’épices, muscade, cannelle et un peu de fruits. En bouche, un peu de chocolat, fruits mûrs, malt et épices. Finale épicée et douce. Très bonne.
En fût au Festibière d’hiver de Gatineau 20 janvier 2012. Cuvée 2009. Froide ET chaude. Plus d’épice chaude, presque un grog. Froide, plus d’anis. Bonne.