JDBaker11058 (1915) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: near black with one finger of creamy, rocky light tan head, with good legs and decent lacing. Aroma: very herbal aroma, with mint, anise seed, licorice, earth, rosemary, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste: smooth and chocolatey, with black licorice, a hint of vanilla, sour cream, and black bread. Finish: roasty, with a bit of herb garden and licorice. Palate is full and rich without being thick; the beer is not a sipper, and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Notes: Didnít much care for the aroma--too herbal--but otherwise this was a darn solid beer. Not usually a fan of gimmick beers, but this one stands on its own merits. At least its not a Scandal tie in or something.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml brown bottle, corked. Black pour, good sized lumpy looking brown foam on top. Nose has a bit of roast. Taste has big roast and dark chocolate and a bit of a licorice. Aftertaste is same with big notes of dark choclate and roast. Mellow mouthfeel. Quite nice, no sign of the alcohol. enjoyed this one a lot.
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. The aroma has lots of toasty malt and some chocolate along with licorice. The flavor is toasted malt and chocolate throughout along with what must be the anise. It has a long sweet finish over a medium-heavy body.
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pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Canalís. Pours out a well....prettymuch black color with a big, fluffy tan head. Aroma is of molasses, vanilla, light licorice, dried fruits, light roasty notes and some chocolate. Taste is very complex, dark roasty malts, light earthy notes, molasses, vanilla, burnt grains, licorice/anise notes and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Really solid beer, to compliment an awesome show.
drpimento (3082) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely stout! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, brown head that slowly settled and a bit of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, dark ripe fruit, spices, bananas, hint of roast. Flavorís substantially different than nose, with roast coming out much more, along with dark malts and carbonic tang. Quite dry. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, very long, and has some alcohol warmth. Very good drinking beer.
Nsanders (994) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL. Black with a tall mocha head. Belgian yeasts, soft black licorice, ash, and malt aromas. Taste is lightly sweet with a mild dry bitterness to balance. Body is heavier with a foamy feel.
dfinney23 (2672) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a thick, long-lasting head. (Thatís what she said.) Aroma is very roasty with licorice and chocolate. Taste is similar with stronger unsweetened chocolate notes and a bitter finish.
AirForceHops (6088) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle. Pitch black with superior head retention. Nose is Ommegang house yeast, chocolate, hints of anise and light smoke. Flavor adds mostly the same, smoke, licorice, hints of chocolate and coffee. Also the brewerís yeast came through with some spiciness. Mouthfeel and body is medium to maybe a little thin, with a creamy coating over the tongue. The flavors mingle very well together. After sipping this I remember how much I enjoy this brewery. Some craft beer nerds may say this brewery has gotten to bigÖ I canít argue that maybe true but for $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle; this is really good. Iím happy to drink this and Iím glad I got another bottle in my cellar. If you like Belgian stouts, grab a bottle!
douglas88 (8339) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Belmont. Pours a black color with a large beige head. A light fruity spicy nose. Dry, cocoa, metal and big Belgian spices even some banana. Liquorice and anise. Good.
onceblind (7146) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a thin sticky beige head. Nose has some molasses and roasted coffee as well as a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate. The flavor is great, with a start of dry ish chocolate malt biscuitiness, some roast, and a bit of earthy dark coffee notes. A bit too roasty for its own good though.