tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with a little red around the edges and a fluffy light brown head. Aroma is dark fruit and toasted malt, caramel, light coffee, and lightly hoppy. Up front on the taste is a rather bitter earthy taste, smoky almost, cocoa, must, some light fruity hops, dark fruits, and rich dark roasted coffee. A little disappointed with this one. The first taste is unpleasant and unbalanced. Has potential though.
Edit, this has gotten a bit better as it warmed up.
jzzbassman (1508) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and Caged 750mL. Pours black with a nice tan head. Roast aromas, caramel, toffee, and smoke. Star anise....thank goodness....is not prevalent. Dark dried fruit and burnt coffee and chocolate, definitely interesting. Finishes sweet and earthy.
BeerGolem (660) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 750 ml. Bought at Redstone Liquor (Stoneham MA). Bought this beer more than six months ago. Pours black with creamy beige head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops, and malt. Taste is on the same level but features some hints of anise. Creamy texture. Strong stout, but not too heavy.
JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a brandy snifter after letting it warm up outside the fridge for a half hour or so. Pours a near black with a big, fluffy khaki colored head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has bitter roast and char qualities, some smoke, and licorice. The taste is earthy, roasty, and bitter. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. One of the better Ommegang beers I’ve tried.
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As a huge ASOIAF fan (and stout fan) I had to give this a go. Drank in a hotel lobby in an Ommegang glass for the full effect. I am not a huge licorice fan, but I tasted more of the hops and caramel flavor. I didn’t detect too much of the chocolate and the Anise kind of hit at the end. Overall, I enjoyed the beer as I do most anything from Ommegang.
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and on tap, again at National. Dark and dusty in appearance and flavor. A bit dusty and not as sexy on the palate as #1.
GothGargoyle (1142) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a light creamy chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate pudding, roasted malts, dates, fig. Medium-light bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, mildly sweet on the palate with some roast on the finish. Flavours are chocolate, toast, dates, mixed roasted nuts.
tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival 2014, Vancouver, BC
Black, roasty and chocolatey with some coffee, berries and spicy notes. Pretty balanced.
Mittenator (1249) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Near black with a beige head. Light malt and chocolate aromas. Starts out ok then goes to battery licking flavor...
keanex (1395) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Black body with a dense/craterlike tan head.
Aroma: Currants instantly come to mind with a subtle nuttiness. Hints of banana, sort of port wine like also, with a hint of caramel. Very nice and complex sweet leaning aroma.
Taste: The intro is much of the port wine like sweetness with a dash of nuttiness. The anise picks up quickly and ruins the beer for me. Black licorice flavors ugh.
Palate: Near full-bodied, soft carbonation.
Overall: Thanks for throwing anise into what smells like it should have been a great stout.
Gravemachine (1) - - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found the beer slightly dissapointing. It starts out with the promise of a great tasting stout, then withers away to a dry dull ending.