alexsdad06 (10640) - 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. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Dark apparition Tea-bagged. on tap at jackie o’s over one of the previouos release weekends... Appearance is same as the rest... Aroma of tea and herbalness
to coincide with menthol minty qualities... Flavors are very much the
same with more of the sweeter profile with the aforementioned minty
menthol and herbalness. Sweet and medium bodied. Too medicinal and
herbal for my liking.
7/4/7/3/13 Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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 ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Dark pour with minimal head. Aroma is roast and aggressive spice.
To much mint and licorice for me. Interesting treatment to say the least chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at Jackie O’s into a tulip...Of the DA variants this was one of my least favorite, interesting attempt but in reality I just don’t think the flavors work well together...Looks at da...The aroma is strange with tea come across too strong, notes of chocolate, raisins and spices come...The taste loses a lot of the tea but it is still present. While tolerable in the aroma this becomes pretty difficult to drink for me, notes of tea, vanilla, roasted coffee..
FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 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.
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. Beerman6686 (6607) - 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. Dogbrick (13547) - 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. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Growler courtesy of George. Pours a Deep black with huge nose of herbal licorice and basil. Flavor is interesting, the herbs hit you first. With sweet fennel and mint being most apparent. The licorice blends with the deeply roasted malt adding another of roasty complexity. Finishes lightly bitter and herbal with lingering nutty roasted notes. Very neat treatment of a great beer.