Iphonephan (6047) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 bottle. Pours black with a hick billowy head. Fruit wnd candy sugar aroma. Flavors of pears.
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color, eggshell head. Nose is light perfumed fruit with a roasty flavor. Juicy flavor that doesn’t match the appearance.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Black saisons can certainly be satisfying and interesting, though it’s admittedly tough to pull off. This one, alas, isn’t even close to either mark (you could, I suppose, make a case for interestingly awful). Dark brown cola pour, excessive carbonation for sure. Strong, sharp anise in the nose, along with root beer, something burnt, and generic spice. Mouthfeel? Sure I’ll give the beer that one. But the taste is pretty awful, with the best moments coming when the beer is merely one-dimensional licorice. Beyond that, we have ash cola, burnt fruitbread, and lozenge. Oof.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Four Witches
Date: September 08, 2012
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, sweet licorice, plenty of spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich spicy flavor, light sweetness relative to the aroma, plenty of phenolic spicyness, licorice, just a touch of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Had a 5 oz taster on draft. Dark colored but very light in the body. Smelled good but didn’t taste that way. Fruity and anise. Couldn’t finish the 5oz. Not to happy with this one.
bigtaster (898) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown/black beer with decent amount of carbonation and large heard that hangs around for a while. Head is light brown in color. Nose has a funk to it combined with a bit of rye malt and licorice. Taste is pure anise, just too much, lacking complexity. Some darker malts come through at the very end. Underwhelmed by this one.
obguthr (5589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cherry, currant, and candi aroma with caramel overtones. Dark mahogany, thick tan head. Black currant flavor, mild coffee notes. Tart overall. Ashy finish. This beer lacks direction and cohesiveness. It just isn’t very enjoyable.
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a black coffee like color with a light brown head. Fairly thin. Smells of coffee and caramel. Slight fruityness with some pears maybe? Weird that there are fruity flavors.
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sample pour... Aroma is full anise, light cherries, dry. Flavor is mild, full anise, berry sweetness, not really pleasant. Lighter body, but that’s the only positive note.
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Musty yeast and light toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with large tan head. Dry musty chocolate toffee malt flavor. Nice body and blending. Very nice.