crazyvin (1996) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A thin looking black body with a tan head that had marginal retention. Aroma had a strong licorice presence, a generic roasted malt profile and a more than subtle mineral ice quality. Flavor had nice roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. Mint seemed to be a bit too much and no real sense of alcohol. A little light on the palate.
BigFatOgre (13) - Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really liked this at first, but halfway through the bottle it fails in every aspect. Astringent taste with some mint and chocolate and burnt coffee notes.
magsinva (904) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Brusin Ales - I did not enjoy this one. It comes off as astringent. Just the wrong kind of mint. I was hoping for Andes mint and got mouthwash. Sigh.
DiarmaidBHK (3581) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Big artificial mint notes on the nose. It combines a mint thing with a burnt malty thing. Finishes thankfully doesn’t last long. Eh!
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 ml bottle poured into tulip-style English pint. Inky black color with a fleeting khaki head that recedes completely after a minute or two leaving no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is licorice, slightly medicinal mint, and burnt chocolate. Flavor follows suit, with the licorice giving way to the herbal mint notes and ending with a long burnt coffee bitterness. Admittedly I don’t like licorice, so perhaps I should’ve steered clear of this. Even if I did like licorice, though, I’ve never heard of it being paired with mint, and I think there’s a reason for that. I love chocolate mint, so I took a chance on this. It didn’t pay off.
closey22 (992) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark opaque black with little tan rimming head; sweet malty roasty aroma with hint of herbs; flava is rich malty spicy of anise, licorice; feels creamy medium thick silky with slight tangy astringent bite; finishes sweet and of notable spice/herb
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark brown/black color with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, mint and licorice. Similar flavors that just don’t do it for me. Medium to full body with average carbonation.
BeerFunGuy (752) - California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong licorice aroma. Strong licorice flavor. Very different but kinda too weird. Was told to age it a couple months and am not sure it helped.
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Sammy (8954) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Growler and gill. chocolate and mint aroma, thick looking very dark brown body. Turns out to be thinner dry irish stout with tons of mint - which is green.
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Krampus bomber from UDBeernut, thanks!) Pours a jet black color with a very thin tan ring for a head. Aroma is as advertised, with an abundant amount of mint and chocolate being perceived. So these are both here, but the mint kind of morphs between being medicinal and being candy-like. One minute you’re smelling an Andes candy, and the next you’re smelling cool mint Listerine. It’s interesting, I’ll give it that. You can tease out a bit of that black licorice smell they mention in the description, but takes a bit to show up. The flavor is a full on blast of mint, with flavors reminiscent of those mint candies distributed at weddings and graduations, mint toothpaste, maybe some faint fresh mint, chewing gum, and more mint. Little bit of chocolate attempts to peer through the mint mist, but it’s pushed aside by more mint. Some booze heat towards the end to accent the medicinal mint qualities picked up in the aroma. Finishes kind of chalky, boozy, minty, and roasty. You are left with a certain freshness in the mouth, and I can’t say I’ve ever experienced that before when drinking beer. This is an odd one.