RhetoricalAns (522) - 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 (6211) - 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 (510) - 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 (3717) - 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. It’s full bodied with a soft mouthfeel and a little alcohol noticeable. Very fine brew.
sudomorph (840) - 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 (522) - 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.
italianjohn (2447) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a frothy khaki/light tan head and light sticky lacing .... aroma of chicory/licorice, roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruity belgian yeast and some earthy hops .... taste is bitter and of dark chocolate, licorice, earthy bitter hops, dark fruity yeast, roasted malts and light wood /star anise ..... body is thin and the abv is hidden pretty well .... finish is bitter and roasted with a spicy hop ... nice earthy licorice stout with dark roasted flavors and some belgian character
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. Similar flavors. Slightly bitter and ashy. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Slubgob (212) - West Hartford, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap into sniffer. Ink black, thin cream head. Hard time getting a nose, might be a bit cold.in the mouth surprisingly fruity, lot of prune in the mid palette, kind if hoppy upfront. Finishes with malt which, unfortunately, comes across as cardboard. Fair.