paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
On tap at The Laundry, Fenton, MI...a hugely complex concoction of herbals and dark chocolate covered raisins. It had my attention with every sip as it readily asserted itself. Looking forward to drinking this again... daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Very dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma is sweet and reminds me of a spice cake mixed with fruitcake. I get lots of prunes and raisins. Flavor is sweet up front, loads of raisins, a light tart note creeps in and finishes with a very light bitterness. This is a very neat beer. Enjoyable. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
16 oz. can. Dark brown near black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of anise, candi sugar, chocolate, raisins and plums. Pretty startling how fruity it is. Flavor is strong on the anise and dark fruits: raisins, plums, currants, grapes. There are notes of chocolate as well as mild toffee notes as well. Some notes of dark bread and candi sugar. Mouthfeel with relaxed carbonation and medium to full bodied. Finishes with a bit of nyquil. Interesting beer from a great upcoming brewery. superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2012
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours very dark hazy reddish brown color with a good 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of molasses, anise, caramel, raisin, plum, grape, roasted malt, nuttiness, candi sugar, biscuit, pepper, and yeast spices. Some pretty nice aromas. A little much on the anise, but has some good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, plum, raisin, roasted malt, grape, anise, chocolate, candi sugar, biscuit, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, grape, caramel, candi sugar, anise, roasted malt, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. The anise definitely is more toned down in the taste, and gives a slight tartness to the brew; which is quite nice. Nice balance and complexity with flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale! Nice flavor balance, with a good amount of roasted chocolate character. Really enjoyed this one. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
On tap at the Shark’s Club in Howell. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a smaller sized head. Dark fruits, anise, licorice, and fruity.
deyholla (11503) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2012
Can. Pours a clear deep brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a lot of dark grains and anise with a strong backing green raisin note. Flavor has a good amount of dark grains, candied sugars and anise with a strong green raisin backing. ryanfolty (2539) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Date: March 24, 2012 Mode: Can Source: DalzAle tasting Description: Dark brown pour with limited head. Aroma and taste was black licorice (anise), really couldn’t get past that with this one. DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Can shared by MBrausen! Dark brown pour, minimal carbonation and an anise nose. Flavor is also tons of anise, some sweet vanilla and plummy malt. Not bad, but not something I’d revisit. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2012
16oz Can. Thanks Sean! Aroma immediately reveals a bizarre combination of Belgian beer and spice. Really surprised. For a brewery that managed to so deftly hide almost all of the flavor in their beer, this has a lot of stuff going on, namely star anise and raisins. Thin and it leaves a real palate smearing spice on the tongue. A strange and uncomfortable combination of flavors and texture. drdisque (830) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Michigan Winter Beer Festival. I normally find "winter warmer" type beers to be a mess of spice and sugar and this beer was exactly what I expected.