JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown beer with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly tart and chewy with a distinct nose of licorice and clove. A touch of mint and more anise character. There is a bit of light vineous tartness on the front. Flavour shows a lot of candied fruit and heavy spiciness. Cooked caramel, clove, coriander and a touch of lemon. A fairly hot peppery flavour on the back. Light chewy cherry/sweet toasted malt flavour. Heavy spice and woodiness and a lingering bitterness.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Botteresse Noire. Aroma of anise, other spicy notes, candy malt, roasted malts and nuts, light chocolate. Flavor highlights the candy aspects of the malt, rock candy meets sweet pastry, and is balanced more than firmly by an array of spices, seemingly mostly from the spices themselves, not yeasty notes. On the one hand quite sweet, on the other hand, admirably balanced. A tasty and unique treat.
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of spices upfront with roasted malt and roasted nuts, and dark fruits (fig especially) in the background. Flavor of sweet fruits, some breadiness, and spices. A bit on the sweet side but otherwise tasty.
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, marked as La Botteresse Noire, with a rather comely-looking lass on the label - pours a very dark ruby, with a lot of chunky floaties - a lot of sweet raisin in the nose, treacle, nutmeg, brown sugar, overripe dark fruits - the flavor is sweet dark fruits (loads of fig, raisin), tempered by bitter herbs and warming spices - some british barleywine-ish character comes in the form of treacly sweetness, light oxidation, earthy, prune-like flavors - finish of chocolate pudding, warming alcohol and lingering herbal bitterness - fairly well-balanced and tasty - someone ought to add an alias for the La Botteresse Noire, though.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of dates, mustiness, caramel, and raisins. Flavor of dates, yeast, anise, and other spices.
mar (4790) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. dark brown pour with an amber bottom. nose is wood and nuts. very carbonated with a heavy fruit flavor that is backed by nuts.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, colar hazelnut in color with tan head, aromas of raisin and plums, flavors of sweet licorice and brown rice, average finish
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep, dark brown, red hues, beige head. Aroma of some dark fruit, some farmhouse. Flavor of some dark fruit, malt, some funk. Mouthfeel is medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, it’s pretty good.....
BMan1113VR (7835) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small off-white head fading over a hazed brown body. Aroma of banana esters, chocolate and leather. Taste is chocolate and esters. Alcohol well hidden. Watery mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brune with a creamy tan head. Spicy fruity spritz pepper and apple aroma. Cinnamon and some yeasty spices. Sweet cane sugar with vinous hints and some apple like sweet and tart flavor. Some alcohol warming that is well masked by the spiciness and moderately sharp carbonation. Decent brew.