ben4321 (3473) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 16 oz can from Buy Rite, 6/29/12
Aroma: The aroma is fairly subtle for the style, with roasted malts, chocolate, and nutty notes
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with a thin light brown head and light lace-work
Flavor: Tastes lightly sweet and mid-heavy roasty up-front, with some later dry roast, and a little tartness
Palate: The body is medium (though it feels light for the style), with average carbonation, and a dry finish
This is a pretty interesting beer. The nose is a touch on the subtle side, but ultimately the components that are hinted at in the nose are basically the same ones that shine through in the flavor. The tartness though, I only found in the flavor. Overall, I found some things to like, and some things that I didn’t like quite as much, but it really is a pretty solid beer.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malts, spice and a vegetable quality. The flavor is malts, a hint of nuttiness and a lasting spiciness/heat into the finish.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Black, sudsy & airy head, tannish, spotty lacing. Soft roast, milky, some faint licorice and chocolate. Not a heavy example, airy/bubbley, but fairly tasty and clean. Nose shows some bitter root and licorice notes. Has a minor fragrant or tropical aspect... star anise maybe? Body and moutheel are moderate. I was expecting a heavier beer, but this one drinks fine for being lighter. Thankfully not a soy bomb. Different, and enjoyable.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
blackish brown pour. ow head.
a+f= anise!...big time...dust, smoke rubber, sassafras, chocolate and peanut butter. somewhat sharp and maybe too carbonated...5/4/5/3/13
jsmerig (1102) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours near black with bubbly tan carbonation. Looks like soda. Aroma the black licorice comes through but not overpowering. There is a bit of warm malt to go along with it. Taste is dark and smokey yet sweet followed by a touch of the licorice and a bit of souring. Not my favorite style but good.
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onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Oskar Blues Burning Can Fest 2012. Black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of black licorice, dark roasted coffee, black chewy chocolate malts and dry earthiness. Flavor has a bit of black licorice and molasses, with some roasty dark chocolate and some light coffee tones. Not bad!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of dark chocolate and roasted coffee with black licorice, light dark fruit, and a bit of earthy hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some light earthy hops and a touch of lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts with some bitter coffee,, a bit of dark fruit, and some light earthy hops.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice Baltic Porter with a good body and balance.
jonno (2097) - JAPAN - JUN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned on the 22nd of April 2011. Strong vanilla and anise nose. Big fluffy off tan head and dark dark brown pour. LOTS of vanilla and star anise in the mouth, a bit too much for me. Some chocolate and dark malts once it settles. Rich, full body. Really could do without the Sambuca flashbacks though.
kermis (4205) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at CBC. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is malty, light roast, chocolate and licorice. Same aspects in flavour. Medium body and carbonation.
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at CBC, pours black with brown head. Aroma & taste is licorice, roasted malts, coffee, some herbs. medium body, smooth.