bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can. Pours opaque almost black with a thick tan head, which slowly fades to a thin skim of foam over the top of the glass. Aroma is very roasted, almost burnt (not bad, smells good actually) malt, with a fairly strong licorice/anise aroma that pretty much smothers anything else that may be in there. Flavor is fairly nice, but actually a bit lighter that you’d expect from the aroma. The initial flavor is of a strong stout, very much coffee and roasty, bitter flavors, but that fades fairly quickly leaving an acidic, hoppy, licorice finish. Palate is on the harsher side. Overall it’s an interesting beer and one I wouldn’t mind drinking more of, but too one-dimensional to be really exceptional.
mnmike (1056) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brew pub in Okoboji. Anise is the name of the game here - love it or hate it, it’s there. i like it.
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
16 ounce can, pours dark. Licorice smell and taste. Not a fan... But I hate licorice!!!!
---Rat via Beer Buddy for iPhone
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can into glass at dek bar... pitch black pour.. Brown head... Weird funky fruit coffe aroma...taste is cocoa....meh.. Kinda boring
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
16oz. can. Nose of dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, faint coffee and sweetness, a touch of something like leafy herbs or even mint, and a fair bit of anise makes itself known here as well. Dark brown-black in color, with a fine, creamy, lasting, light tan head. Flavor is really quite heavy on the anise character, especially for my tastes, there is some pleasantly roasty malt and chocolate behind it, but they become hard to pick out very quickly. Mild dosage of bitterness at the finish, some herbal hop character and a certain unusual tanginess appearing late. Smooth, creamy, semi-dry and gently acidic mouthfeel, body is medium. I’m not one that appreciates black licorice much, period. I’m just one of those folks. I wouldn’t typically consider this a problem per se, but the thing is: I would not have picked up a 4-pack of this stuff had I known this were the case here. There is nothing that relates to this being brewed with anise anywhere on the packaging. It’s got the alcohol content, the IBUs, where it’s physically brewed, etc., but no mention of "brewed with star anise". Note to the brewer: Don’t forget to include this type of information on your packaging, in fact I would recommend that with brewing adjuncts of any kind, including any herbs, spices, etc. It just helps to know what you’re buying. I ended up drinking about 1 can of the 4-pack and gave away the rest.
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours basically black with a large fluffy white head and good lacing on the glass.
Blindfolded I would guess this was a witbier, spiciness and orange are initally dominant. Some nice roasty character, Fairly sweet smelling, but y’know first impressions are the worst impressions.
The flavor is overly dry and a tad sloppy, mild earthy hops show through, but Anise is a pretty key componient to the flavor profile.
It’s weird, and needs (likely) to be re-vamped.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Perfectly black body with a thin light tan head. The nose is coffee with a strange mint note. That mint note appears to be anise, but I thought mint when I first smelled. Notes of milk chocolate. The taste is like milk chocolate mixed with some cheap coffee. There is also a bit of orange peel citrus along with the anise to finish it off.