BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2006gripweed57 (2301) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a deep mahogany with a nice creamy tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is unique and interesting to say the least with notes of ginger, dates, toffee, star anise, liquorice, menthol, eucalyptus, wintergreen mint, herbal hops, and dusty yeast esters.
The flavor palate mostly followed suit with heavy spices on both the front and finish of the brew with a undertones of sweet malt somewhere in between. Very much in the Anchor Special Ale genre of spiced holiday beer even though this is not identified as a winter seasonal. Just enough spice to make you back away for a moment but not so much that you run away in fear. The mouth feel is dry, chalky, mineral and very woody like with such an overplay in spice. I honestly dig this beer much to my surprise. I will try it again to see if it is as good as first impressions make it out to be. (which reminds me, I still need to re-rate Traquair Jacobite Ale which is also a spicy brew that I did not care for the first two attempts at rating it).
This needs to be in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category! Not for the faint of heart or palate.
Once again the admins were quick to make the change, THANKS!
From old tasting notes. Mahogany reddish brown color topped by a bubbly beige head. Spicy aromatic malt nose is redolent of molasses. Delicious spicy malt flavor hints at cloves and licorice. After swallowing this brew, me feels warm and mellow. Very unique and interesting. DarkUsual (12) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2017
Spicy, dark beer. Very tasty and a really interesting beer. Would definitely drink it if available.
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Spicy with cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom. Kind of a Christmas feeling. Nice but only i small amounts john44 (3048) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Nov 2009 - Dark Brown in colour with Reddish tinge. Very spicy; clove, nutmeg, etc. Malty; roast malts, toffee, caramel. Fruity (dark fruits). Hoppy. Spicy roast malty throughout. Dry spicy peppery finish. Rather unusual tasting beer. (2009-11)
Mikljon (12) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
A gift from Bill S.
Dark brown with thin head. Nose is raisin and plum pudding, cinnamon along with a bit of earthiness. Taste starts with burnt fruit, a little chocolate and roast malt in middle. Finishes dry and fruity (cherry and plum); bitter aftertaste. Syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation, tannic aftertaste. Very complex. I liked this one.
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Ealumann (3) - ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016 does not count
Superb rich tasting dark ale. A hint of spiceness sumply makes you want more. Shame it isn’t on tap. ianwelby (1367) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Clear deep red beer with a beige head. Malty scent. Flavour is mostly malty fruit, maybe apple, and then a sourness I can’t place. Not overpowering though. It’s a hearty, drinkable beer. mabuzzer (797) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
500ml bottle from Mainsgill Farm Shop. Dark, reddish in colour, creamy ran head. Malty berry aroma, taste is sweet berries, spice and a touch of aniseed. Very tasty nybol (1765) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
En fin kompleks smag af maltene, der er flere noter af forskellige krydderier. sdmmb (1826) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2015
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Bierhuis in Ossett. Enjoyable spiced dark brown ale.
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