FlandersNed (396) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2015
12oz bottle. Dark garnet hue-nearly light blocking. Moderate, dark tan head. Artificially flavored black licorice nose. Earthy anise taste. Medium+ body and carbonation. cheap (6263) - CHINA - JUN 18, 2015
Nice black pour from a bottle. Gentle metallic malt aroma. Yes, some mild licorice in there but it blends ok with the porter thang. Decent creamy sizzle that just barely makes the grade. Good body and it does seem to get just a little near the top towards yer face. . dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Not that anise is at all a requirement for a good porter but if you’re going to slap it proudly on the label it needs to be more apparently. It’s there but barely. Otherwise, caramel and somewhat roasty. Not bad. CObiased (570) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
12 oz bottle - pours dark brown with a solid med foamy head. Nice light tar to chocolatey malt structure but light on the body. Very little anise on the palate but rather more on the nose. tfontana (1228) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2015 Bottle from Foods Plus, Plaistow NH. Aroma is strong anise. Appearance is dark red--almost black, slightly hazy with minimal off-white head with good staying power. Taste is subtle up front with a stronger, pleasant slightly bitter finish with slightly sweet anise flavor for balance. Palate is medium bodied, slightly thin for the style, creamy texture with a bit too much carbonation that dominates the tongue--best to let it sit for a bit. Finish is relatively long and felt at the back teeth. Overall, a decent beer that could be more interesting.
Beerdedone (3508) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of anise, roast and chocolate. Flavor was heavy anise, chocolate, roast and a bit of caramel. Too much anise meh dwyerpg (6582) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Any star anise that is here comes right at the beginning. After an intriguing initial sip, this becomes just a below average sweet porter that is hard to finish the whole thing. Magic Hat sure can market there beers, but I just don’t think they make any that are truly excellent. Everything is below average for me. chinchill (5451) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2015
12 oz bottle (thanks Ric).
Excellent appearance with a dark brown body and a verydurable tan head.
Aroma: too spicy and floral.
Initially too good but immediately tasted great anyway. Spicy up front but hop-tinged dark roasted grains and chocolate malts dominate thereafter.
Feel: carbonation may be higher than ideal. rougeau13 (3313) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Dark clear brown with a tan head and light lacing. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and anise. Taste is roasty and slightly sweet with a very mild anise flavor. Medium bodied. SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle from F&E: Poured a dark shade of brown that was nearly opaque while a small foamy head rested on top. Aroma was fragrant with rich roast malt character while a delicate dash of spices greet the nose. The flavor is spicy with notes of cinnamon, anise, clove, and allspice. Almost comes across as drinking a dunkel like beer but with more spice flavor. Possible hints of black licorice lurk in the after finish.