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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5818) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4167) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5503) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13620) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8544) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3203) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopTsing (449) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1149) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Tap. Pitch with tan head and lacing. Definite licorice aroma- candy! Flavor follows but also tastes a little chocolaty. Slick mouth feel, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours near black with an attractive tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a hefty dose of black licorice. The Belgian yeast is overcome by the other heavy tastes, so is not really a factor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2574) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottled. Odd, but good. Dark pour with Anise, licorice, bread and wood taste. I think the Anise might be a tad toom much...it sort of throws off the balance. None the less, it still has a good flow to it. You really notice the alcohol at the tail end of the sip.

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