jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Draft at brewpub. Black. Nose and taste of mint leaves, black licorice, tea, chocolate malt, basil and Indian spices. Minty licorice dominates the palate. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. Pours brown-black with a thin light beige head that dissipates quickly. Spotty rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chai tea and mint. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, licorice, mint and coffee. The finish is coffee and herbs. Above average overall. deyholla (12289) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the brewery during the 5th anniversary party. Poured black with opaque edges and a grayish-brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a strong mint note with some licorice with a dark grain, chocolate and coffee backing. Flavor started with dark grain and dark chocolate but was overwhelmed with a strong mint note. There was a bit of licorice and alcohol in the finish. hopscotch (11238) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Growler... Pours new moon black with a small, fat-bubbled, khaki head. Decent retention. The bouquet is an interesting assortment of herbs that synergistically come together to fashion a sassafras tea-like scent. Full-bodied with a thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The chocolaty, herbal flavor supplies a boatload of singed cacao nibs and bittersweet herbal tea. Deeply roasted, bittersweet herbal tea finish. Big-time thanks to darkguardian for sharing this rare, hard-to-find treat. alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Draft @ Jackie O’s 5th Anny. party. Pours dark brown/black with a small beige head. The nose is strongly herbal with an emphasis on mint. Hardly any of the stout character comes through which is disappointing because I love the base beer. The herbs again dominate the flavor leaving little of the base beer to be found. Medium plus bodied. It is definitely worth a try because it’s different. It just isn’t my thing.
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at the Jackie O’s 5th Anniversary Extravaganza. Pours a brown/black color with a medium tan head. Nose is licorice, chocolate and spice. Licorice hits you first, then some spice before the chocolate takes over. Finish is spicy and roasty. JStax (7179) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is dark black with a tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, nuts, and some mint. Taste is much like the aroma with the coffee and chocolate in the forefront with a light minty taste coming through in the finish. I don’t really get any of the basil, but the licorice and sweet fennel I can taste lightly in the middle of each drink. Heavy beer. Much more than a sample of this and you would have no need to eat anything during your visit to this brewery. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma was of lots and lots of licorice, light tea, and light roasted notes. Flavor was pretty much just strange licorice, almost impossible to get past to find anything else, way too strong of a flavor to make this enjoyable. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at the bar side of the brewery on December 30, 2010.
Pours near black with a good tan head. Not sure if this changed much since the Anniversary Extravaganza, but I thought it was spot-on when we came back. The aroma was really, really nice almost smelling the an Andes mint as the mint and chocolate characteristics of the beer really came through with the fennel, licorice, and basil lingering more in the background. The taste was nearly just as explosive with a beautifully-done mint presence. Good sweetness and minty freshness in the feel. A bit too much to drink a full pint of, but this was a really nice beer.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011 FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
The beer is quite black leaning in color and has a brown tinged head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, a floral character that leans towards chamomile, some anise notes and some green herbal touches to round things out. As I get used to the nose more of the toasted whole grain character and dark-roast notes start to come out and there also seems to be spiciness to this beer that is not unlike that from rye.
The flavor is very herbal tasting, but there is lots of anise like flavors to it up front that mix in quite well with the herbal notes. The finish has a huge, creamy, dark chocolate character that is characteristic of a big stout. The anise note actually continues in the finish and mixes with the dark chocolate and dark malt notes quite well. I am definitely digging the rich, sweet, dark malt character that forms the backbone of this beer. The body is quite rich and chewy; this is definitely a sipping beer, but it is not so thick as to be cloying.
This is quite a nice beer, the spice doesn’t quite overwhelm the base beer richness. Actually, especially given that a spice dominance like that found in this beer, actually works for this particular beer; I found myself enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I would have expected.