BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy and pillowy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is clove, star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices with chocolate and roast malt with light licorice notes. Flavor is heavy spices with moderate dark malt and fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
DSG (12153) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown-colored with a beige head. Aroma of winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and more), malt, caramel and some vegetal notes. Sweetish flavor of malt, caramel, candi sugar, spices, a bit of alcohol and a dry finish. Medium-bodied. Really not my thing.
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Good head retention. Lots of candy banana coming from the glass. Also caramel malts, citrus, spice. an herbal note and a faint touch of umami. The taste is intense herbal notes, caramel, bread, treacle, spicy finish. Medium bodied. Solid beer.
Dogbrick (11605) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at 101 Beer Kitchen. The beer pours an opaque brownish-black color with a medium tan head that dissipates slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy with some toasted malt in the background. Medium to full body with flavors of burnt malt, cinnamon and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is sweetly spiced with an earthy, malty aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical. Poured a black color with an off white head. Dark fruits, spices, ginger, citrus, and fruity.
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one was a bit spicy for me. The spices overpowered the malt and the hops leaving it just a messy beverage.
Meilby (10967) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650ml @ Motel Room, Motel 6, Kingman, AZ
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, biscuit and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long spiced and orange finish. Medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: December 27, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy layers of lace
Aroma: sweet dark belgian aroma, dark fruits, sweet esters, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of clove, roasted malt
Flavor: big spicy flavor, sweet cinnamon, a tad too much clove, dark fruits try to balance the spices but have no sweetness to back it up, bitterness follows the spices for a spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: ** /4
Stuu666 (10826) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, lots of spice, aniseed and liquorice, bit too much alcohol.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.