JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 This beer is very alcoholic and spicy. I taste, some malt, a peppery spices, mace?maybe some nutmeg, allspice. Complex and strong tasting. I got a feeling people love it or hate it. I thinks its interesting,but not delicous. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 2004 version, sampled at the Larry Bell dinner at Brickskellar. Weird beer. One of the weirdest I’ve ever had. Looks like a porter, dark brown with some burgundy red light seeping through the bottom of the glass. Peppery ginger and mint nose, almost like a bad ginger cola or something. I was not drawn to the smell at all, and the more I drank the less I liked it. The spicy mint/ginger almost resembles horseradish and wasabi at times. Has the body of an imperial stout, quite thick, low carbonation, but that doesn’t make up for the mess of flavors that this beer has (I know that’s the point, but it just doesn’t taste good). Has some smoked meat notes as well, with some cloying molasses on the back end.
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
Blind rating. 2004 bottle, batch 6714. Thick, viscous body, dark brown cola colored body. Intense nose of cardamom bread and maple syrup scented bourbon. Seedy tree bark and green cardamom, thick maple throughout, viscous, full, spicy and sage-like, some tingly pepperiness, weird, overdone chewiness. Ginger, too. Not sure what’s going on in this one. I don’t really like it, seems like juniper/gin. Oxidized and stale, some cardboard, some old ale-like wateriness and staleness. Boozy nose is too much to handle.
6/4/6/3/14 = 3.3
(Bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a spare beige head. Aroma of bread, toffee, ashes, and dark fruits. Flavor of toffee, caramel malt, bread, molasses, and charred. yespr (47002) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a fully diminished head. Mild yeasty and alcohol aroma. Flavour is spiced and slight herbal with a nice caramelish note. Lingering spiced and somewhat acidic. Light yeasty too. Mild acidic and yeasty finish with a dense caramel malty note. LilBeerDoctor (4128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle, brewed 2007, batch 8309 thanks to Beerlando. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is super sweet, lots of honey and floral sweetness. Flavor is also quite sweet, similar to the aroma with lots of honeysuckle and flowery notes (not sure what, maybe jasmine?). Interesting for sure. but not that drinkable.
Strykzone (7555) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Medium brown. A spiced nose. That is also tasted. A wild spice ride in the flavor. Not a favorite but fun to try. mcberko (18556) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is fairly exotically spiced, with mystery spices, some caramel malt and lots of syrup, maybe a bit of molasses too. Flavour is deep and rich, with loads of the various syrup coming through, and lots of the spices coming through which are surprisingly really well incorporated. Finishes lightly spicy and maple syrupy, cloys quite a bit. I’m usually not at all a fan of spiced beers, but this works fairly well as a spicy, big heavy black beer of some kind. Quite enjoyable. Clownoisseur (486) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2005 vintage. Pours a murky brown, minimal head, quickly diminishes, minimal lacing. Aroma...wow. Well, lots going on here. Sweet molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, ginger, corriander and onion. Taste is as weird....er, eccentric, as the smell. Very spicy beer. Ginger balanced with a thick molasses...some raisin/fig/maple syrup flavors swirl...then some real earthy undertones. Tastes like vegetable soup! Minimal carbonation makes this one feel like a liquor at times...syrupy, sticky. Long lingering finish. Very interesting beer, but not something I would want to drink with any regularity. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from Todd. Thanks!
A: Pours dour black even though the pour looked lighter. Good cappuccino head with excellent retention.
N: Big nose: Coriander, molasses, cocoa, coffee, licorice, persimmon, orange, and clove.
T: Bitter and brackish. Not much sweetness. Like a fresh Black IPA.
M: On the thicker side. Sticky. Drinks like it wants to be an Expedition Stout.
O: Honestly, this is like an overwrought version of Expy. It’s got character, but Bell’s has shown me that the kitchen sink approach is bad. Though this is better than Batches 9000 and 10K. tom10101 (6223) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle (12 oz). ’09 vintage. Extra from Shaun, thanks! Drank solo @ Hotel Room Tasting because it wasn’t a tick for Mr. Huxley and he didn’t want to drink an 11% Spice/Herb/Vegatable at 10 a.m. #sissy
Appearance: Muddy brown with a small bubbly off-white head and little lacing.
Aroma: Spices, maple syrup, chocolate, berries, boozy notes, honey and herbs. Not as unbalanced as it sounds though.
Taste: Sweet and spicy with chocolate, herbal presence, honey, berries, maple syrup and alcohol.
Palate: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. A bit oily and sirupy mouthfeel. Warming finish. Long lasting spicy aftertaste.
Overall: As expected, this isn’t a masterpiece of balance but it was a lot better than I thought it would be. I *almost* liked it, which is already very good for a beer from the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category. Not exactly easily drinkable.