juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Growler from the brewery. I was told this had double salt licorice added to the Maduro and Winter Warmer blend. This pours a chestnut brown color topped by a small cream colored head that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows hints of chocolate, roast, earthy hops, and lots of black licorice. The flavor follows with a touch of roast, dark fruits, earthy chocolate, black licorice, and some added sweetness and hop bitterness from the Winter Warmer on the finish. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation with a bitter sweet finish. Not my favorite of the maduro treatments, but definitely an interesting one if you like licorice. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Thanks to JuiceIsLoose for sharing. I’m thinking about calling this the Sambuca of beers. Strong black licorice in the nose and flavor. Odd how the roasty flavors and malts from both of the original beers are dominated by this licorice flavor. A good brew, especially if you like black licorice. DialSquare (5119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Growler from the brewery courtesy of Wilkes. Dark brown pour with a medium light tan head. Licorice is dominant in the aroma and taste. Dark fruits, caramel malts and brown sugars sneak through eventually. Lightly bitter dry finish. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Sampled at CCB. Pours brown. Nose is cocoa, toasted grain, earthy hops, hints of smoke. Flavor is roasted malt, subtle coffee, hints of fruit esters, caramel. Decent mouthfeel. Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
On tap at the brewery Dec 31. Dark amber colored medium body with a diminishing spare head. Heavy malt, moderate pine and resin notes. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness. Enjoyed.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
On tap at CCB. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights with a light tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted and malty with notes of chocolate, light ripe dark fruit, toffee, molasses, hints of cereal and nuts. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, toffee, brown sugar, light roast, some earthy and hoppy notes. Medium body with a pleasing malty finish. Interesting blend -- seemed more maduro than winter warmer.
MeadMe (1680) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Sampled at the brewery
A: Pours a nice dark brown hue with a small cream colored head.
S: Hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and brown sugar. A light pine sweetness could be picked up as well.
T: I would guess this one is more Maduro than Warmer Winter. Nice chocolate and coffee flavors. A bit more body from the Warmer Winter along with just a touch of hops.
M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.
D: Pretty good. Good beer, not great.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Growler. Black with ruby shade to it. Almost no head or lacing. Smell is licorice. Taste is some licorice, chocolate, coffee. I think this would’ve been better fresh but still enjoyable. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
From a growler. Pours a clear, deep ruby that looks dark brown or amber in the glass with a one-finger, dense yellow head. Aroma is very nice. There is Kahlua, Godiva liquor, some roast, dark chocolate. Taste is less boozy or rich as the aroma would make you think. There is some dark chocolate and cocoa, iced coffee. A bit light-bodied (it is a Maduro base). Dry and bitter throughout. I know that the CCB guys added something else in the mix besides just blending the two beers listed in the description so maybe degarth, et al can edit for completeness.