Sarlacc83 (2439) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle from John’s Market.
A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing.
N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa.
T: Oxidized, but it’s not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and there’s a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour.
M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours dark brown with some head, more than expected. Malt, dark fruit and caramel. Has held up well, not a style I love even when its in its prime. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber at RBSG . Clear reddish brown pour with a white head. Sweet, but not OJ sweet. Plum. Very good. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of a little dark cherry & malt. Flavor is slightly oxidized anise and heavy wheat. RobertDale (6988) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes dark brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and toffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast, and caramel. Very good.
jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Sampled at TWCP Beer Fest 2013. It poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma was a bit of roast, very sweet and nutty. The taste was some porter-like elements, spices, caramel, dry yeast, quite sweet but not cloying. A nice brew. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is toffee with not much else. Some malt sweetness, brown sugar and soy flavor. It's ok.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone zvikar (6575) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours black to brown with a beige head, aroma of honey, dark bread, plums, vanilla, wood and brandy, flavor of dark bread,, plums, chocolate, alcohol and some spices, medium to full bodied gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bomber, purchased from Keg N Bottle (if I recall) near SDSU. Pours muddy dark brown with 2-3 fingers of nice foamy head that dissipates ever so slowly and laces decently. On the pour, and even through the foam, anise charges out with its usual strength. There are also notes of alcohol, butterscotch, and soy sauce. Taste is initially bittersweet, starting medium, then turning heavy, like a well-sweetened turkish or arabic coffee (no cream, of course). Is there a slightly sour note at the finish, perhaps contributed by the yeast? Maybe. My tongue thinks there is, so that’s what I’m writing here. For me it’s a medium bodied beer, with a oily-to-creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation and a long, bitter-to-funky finish. Really nice stuff. Subtle and strong at the same time, which I find really impressive. So glad I was able to stumble upon it. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle from Tournament Liquor Blaine (I guess Stone delivered a few of these with 12.12.12. a few months back). Pours brown mahogany with a somewhat creamy sudsy off white head that fades and leaves a spotty film and sudsy collar. Aroma is awesome chocolate roasted malt and sugary fig and light dark fruit scents, but the chocolate is strong and surprising! Taste is light raisins chocolate and figs with some yeast and malt with a nice coffee flavor in the finish. Palate is medium and still holds good carbonation and finishes dry. Wow, this is really nice! And the only year that offered a different style other than Belgian Strong Ale!