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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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"INFUSCO" was inspired by a unique yeast's ability to gently weave character and flavor into the beers it ferments. A sweet body balanced with a big alcohol warmth and a touch of hops. Lingering rich flavors add to the complexity. Try aging this one for a year or two at cellar temperatures and compare the flavors that will emerge. For a "SLOW" experience pair this with smoked cheese, baked whole grain crackers, blackened peppercorn rib eye steaks, rich dark chocolate, hazelnut crepes or a fresh dark wrapped maduro cigar.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium amber head. Aroma of anise, dark fruits (dates, berries), light smoke, and herbal tea. Flavor of dark fruit, anise, clove, and caramel malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle... Opaque, extremely dark ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Big-time esters in the aroma... dark fruit, sassafras tea and a rumor of mint. Light smoke phenol. The earthy, herbal flavor provides good bitterness with, again, sassafras and a touch of mint... just a whisper of that smoky phenol on my palate. Full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and subtle carbonation. Lengthy, sweet and then bone-dry finish. Odd, this one, but not at all bad. Interesting... tasty! Kudos to growler for shipping this one to Florida!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2642) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a very dark brown with a small beigh head. Aroma of roasted malts, light caramel, yeast, and a hint of brown sugar. Flavor is strong dark licorice with caramel, roasted malts, and some spices. Not a licorice fan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap. Poured a deeper brown color with smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, spices, licorice, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, spices, licorice, roastiness and some caramel. Light alcohol in both the aroma and taste. The waiter said this was like a porter and I would have guessed a dubbel...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Post-Mondial Tasting. Spicy rootbeer nose, deep brown, large toffee head. Tastes like rootbeer, assorted spices. Light bodied, uniquely bitter. Good

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Looks like a light porter. Very dark amber. Beautiful. Nearly black. Smells like black licorse or Jagermiester. Not very fond of it so far. The taste is like black licorse a little bit. Which I hate. If you like Jagermiester and/or black licorse youíll love this beer. Itís an ok Belgian Strong Ale. Little alcohol taste to it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bomber - Poured a very dark brown/black in color with a medium tan head that faded to a ring at the top of the beer and some lacing. Aroma is a nice mixture of spicy Belgian yeast, some roasty malts, molasses or caramel and just a hint of anise. Flavor mirrors the aroma fairly well, but with more emphasis on a bread dough-like yeastiness and a stronger dash of the licorice. Alcohol is not readily apparent until the beer hits the tummy... then it provides some pleasant warming. I agree with other raters; this beer needs some aging to further mellow and blend the flavors... However, that being said, this is a good beer now and one that I enjoyed and would repeat soon.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2007
2007 bomber drunk on 7/18/07
First of all if this isnít bottle conditioned, this is one hell of an appearance. Huge, cascading, dense tan head is very stubborn and provides quite nice lacework. Body is a dark brown with deep violet tints on the edges. Clarity is medium-high to high.
I donít know if this is a fresh batch of bottles (this beer was first released quite a while ago), but it certainly tastes like they put a fresh batch of anise in it, and lots of it. The classic "over-spiced beer that would otherwise be quite delicious". This texture stands first and foremost as the best trait here and would probably hold up against some of the better bottled Belgian beers. Tight carbonation in perfect amounts creates a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Behind the anise is well-attenuated, lightly crackery malt with caramel and toffee drizzled on for good measure and balance. No tacky yeast, not even that estery or phenolic (though this amount of spice would probably dominate any actual phenols in the beer). It does get a bit thin and dry by the finish, not just due to the spicing, but also from some stronger-than-average alcohol warmth. Clove phenols do emerge in time, further drying things.
Aroma is lightly sweet (caramel, raisins, sweet dough) and the malt mixes with the spice to produce almost a pumpernickel/cardamon sort of note. Not as dominated by the spice, is the aroma, but like the flavor, there is some latant alcohol sharpness with warming/breathing on the finish.
Perhaps after a year in the cellar it would lose some of the anise flavor, but the beer is already quite dry and Iím not positive the dark malts wouldnt oxidize prematurely as well. Commendable.
The deviation on the ratings thus far is very interesting...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Cocoa and molasses in the aroma., with some licorice too. Complex and interesting. The licorice really comes out in the flavor too. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Wow, just when I was about to give up on this brewery forever, they go and make this - dark burgundy pour, with a small ring of white lace - lightly smokey aroma, with notes of berries, leather, and some spicy character - crisp and somewhat tart, with notes of raspberry and other fruit skins - hints of cocoa, cloves, anise - a gentle, woody smoke flavor mingles intself in throughout - notes of cinnamon and dried flowers - alcohol warmth compliments the wood and smoke flavors - this is a really great beer, and is most certainly the best Rock Art Iíve ever had - if only more of their beers were this good.


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