drjay44 (2938) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. caged and corked bottle. Pours a thick, well retained beige head, with extensive lacing, over a blackish brown (SRM 35) body....nose is coffee, lighter chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel.....taste is heavy roasted malts with coffee, dominating chocolate, very light hints of anise, with slight sweetness, finishing with a combined roasted malt hop bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, carbonation low with light acid. The dark roasted malts are the dominant force in this beer. The anise and licorice are present but quite hidden. This is a beer that needs to breathe to get to its best. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent stout, strong ommegang yeast character, roast, chocolate, dry finish. Good not great.
zvsn (989) - ISRAEL - JAN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Pours brown-black wit a nice tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, toffee. Taste - sweet, dried fruits, raisins, toffee, roast and light smoky notes. Rather full bodied, creamy texture. Pretty good.
RhetoricalAns (551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with thick rocky head, dark tan in colour. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Bitter taste with prominence on the dark chocolate.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black (appropriate), with only a hint of ruby highlights. Lace is big, loopy, and spoke-like. Nice!
Aroma is mocha with a trace of spice and an herbal note. Subtle.
Taste is unusual, with the licorice root and star anise making their presence known. The chocolate and coffee notes are there, and become more pronounced as this drink warms, but the woody, herbal, earthy elements are the "stars" here. A tasty stout with a twist, but not one I'd revisit anytime soon.
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AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with lasting tan head. Dry chocolate, anise, dark pumpernickle bread, yeasty aromas. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Light roast, milk chocolate, earthy dirt flavors with some caramel, licorice, anise___good.
lukin (516) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Deep black, espresso head, very bubbly. Licorice, espresso/coffee, some butterscoth, Well balanced, nice lively carbonation. Good.
patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap - Pours black with a small lingering tan head and ample lacing. It smells of roast chocolate malt. The flavor has sweet chocolate malt, roast character, ample hops, and a roasty, bitter finish. Itís full bodied with a soft mouthfeel and a little alcohol noticeable. Very fine brew.
sudomorph (893) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with as Mocha/tan half-finger head with nice lacing. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, star anise, and a touch of fruitiness. Taste is a nice roasty bitter/sweet with some fruitiness, coffee, and dark chocolate on the finish. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Clean in the mouth with nearly an effervescent carbonation. Overall very tasty with a great carbonation. Cheers!
pras (528) - Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt. Flavor was more of the same. Nice and rich, not too much alcohol, very enjoyable.