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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
artmcd8 (1777) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Not really digging the anise. I know it's in the name but I snagged it before I realized. Plus I couldn't pass it up. I need to get my hands on the regular version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6414) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, hints of dark fruits, slight yeast notes, with a hint of grainy notes as well. Taste is a mix of sweet Belgian yeast and fruity esters, some slight chocolate, coffee, very roast, more anise comes through here, with a touch of spice, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Interesting, but a bit too much going on.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of cascading foam fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was of Anise clove and alcohol. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The awful flavor contained notes of strong Anise. A horrible flavor of Anise which I did not like at all results in a "I would rather not drink again" rating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5518) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2012
650ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Plain chocolate, aniseed, liquorice and roasted malt in the aroma. Rich and roasted taste with some acidic hints and notes of anise, plain chocolate, coffee, salty liquorice and dried fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2012
Bobmer, SB. Pours pitch black with a huge creamy tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is roasted sweet malty anise yeasty spicy. Flavor is acidy spicy slightly sweet bitter dark chocolate licorice, a vit thin body. Fikishes bitter roasted and acidy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle, enjoyed deep in the bowels of The Kernel. Cheers to Scopey for the pour! The appearance is deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is spicy licorice, rich roasted malts, charred wood. Earthy barnyard aromas. The taste is more rich roasted malts, light ash. Licorice and filthy, dirty leather. Somewhat incongruous flavors. Medium body. Rich, silky. Overall, decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle kindly shared by Paul at The Kernel, London. Pours black with a thick, creamy beige head. Dark malt nose with some licorice, alcohol. Medium to big sweet flavor, some burnt dark malts, light rubbery chocolate, strong roasted malts, some earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with dark malts, chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, light rubber, mellow spices. Pretty OK stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7375) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from Cali Road trip. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, milk chocolate, toffee, salted liquorice, light sulphur, soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, spice, earth, light tang, dark fruit, chocolate, varnish, toast, salted liquorice and alcohol warmth with a dry, somewhat spicy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tasty, but not a patch on the regular version.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3062) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
22oz bottle, vintage 2011, deep black color, with a big frothy bubbly tan head, with a yeasty, fruity, good spicy anise, chocolatey nose, with some cocoa, dark bitter chocolate baking bar, licorice accents, and a faint absinthe liqueur, medicinal herb, roasted, black malty note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth smooth, dark bitter chocolate, spicy anise, fennel, licorice character, with some coffee, brownie, chocolate cake, roasted, chocolate, toasted malt, faint oaky flavours, leading towards a warming, roasty bitterness, strong anise spiciness finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopTsing (441) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2012
From the tap came a very dark brew with a thin, dark brown head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, anise, and a hint of raspberry. Full bodied with rich malt and chocolate flavors with a nice hint of anise.


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