VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a brownish-orangeish tinted black with a thick, resilient beige head. Aroma is anise, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon. Flavor is anise, black licorice, milk chocolate, mint. Finish is some coffee bitterness, roasty notes. Lingering black licorice and fennel. Medium body, soft, creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. Unexpected, but quite good!
oqnid (85) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
10 mars '13
-->Stout noire, 7.6%, 500ml
-noir absolu, opaque; mousse filet, mince
-nez anis, chocolat, café (cendré), menthol (Jager)
-entrée fraîche, choco/menthe, anis, cendrée
-finale choco noir, cendrée; sèche
Arr=1 via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Boutip (4852) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some good carbonation. Aroma of dry roasted coffee notes with light spices is enjoyable enough. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted coffee which is well balanced and avoids the astringency side of things. Fennel notes are present but not as pronounced as I would have hoped for. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable but added complexity would have been welcomed.
RW80 (768) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,5 l bottle
VAppearance: Verry Red brown color with a1.5 finger light brown head.,that leaves fair lacing.
Aroma: Anise dominating, some roased malts and some licorice notes.
Taste: caramelised malts, licorice notes, chocolate, quite some mint and a lot of Anice.Aftertaste is malty, light bitter with mainly chocolate and vegetable notes.
Medium body, average carbonation.
Tough one, Technical good, but the Anise and mint notes are not for the majority.
tricksta_p (1333) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of roasted malts, sweet caramel, liquorice, lots of anise. Flavour is heavy sweetness, spices, anise. Sticky mouthfeel. Definitely not my kind of beer.
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Red brown color, medium sized light brown head that leaves fair lacing. Aroma is full on anise, not my thing. Taste malts, again strongly anise, some mint, lightly roasty, some liquorice. Medium body and carbonation. Well, this is probably what they intended to brew and I think they succeeded, but it’s not my thing. Too much anise and mint flavors for my liking.
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark ruby to brown colour with a medium to large sized off-white to beige head. Smells anice, iron, herbs, spices, sweet, hint of liquorice. Tastes anice, herbs, spices. I really don’t like anice. Medium to full body, nice carbo.
rodenbach99 (3255) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille. Bière noire avec une mousse brune durable. Un nez de réglisse, d’anis, de chocolat. La bouche est des stout soit chocolat, café avec des notes de réglisses noires. Agréable car les épices sont en second.
Countbeer (4709) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Served in a shaker:
Creamy vanilla beige foamy head on top of a deep dark red ish brown colored beer.
Aromas of herbs, special branch, anise, mint, cloves, milk, some toast, some dried leaves and a light chocolate/coffee tint.
Flavours of herbs and spices, some coffee, some mocha, some chocolate, some anise and cloves, dried leaves, some bitters and malts.
Aftertaste is malty, light bitter, nutty with dried leaves and some chocolate/cacoa with a light spiced edge.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, more than just a medium body and a creamy texture.
Nice beer, spices well balanced.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This fruity and spicy Stout develops just fennel/aniseed/licorice notes within roastiness, caramelized sugars and earthy bread flavors.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged darkness.
-This is surprisingly drinkable.
-Wood is also evoked throughout.
-This was not as sweet as expected.
-The finish is spicy, bitter and roasty.
-Some vanilla is found underneath.
-The spice/herb dosage is successful.