illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pitch black with a cocoa colored head and slight red hues with backing light. Nose of roasted coffee with some cream and sugar. Some licorice and bourbon character as well, similar overall to coffee liqueur. Flavor is very similar to the aroma but there’s a huge roasted character with moderate bitterness and nice dryness. Very interesting and tasty. A very good beer and another step in the right direction for Uncommon Brewers.
Capa (3612) - DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Very dark. Aroma is powerful and full of dark fruits, roasted malts, some cocoa, light anise, and milk. Flavor is much the same with the anise slipping away and a light coffee note taking its place. Full and chewy body. Such a complete beer but I could drink it all night. So very nice. doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses and cola syrup. Rich texture with notes of dark fruits, some citrus, vanilla and brown sugar with a port like finish. This beer is made with Star Anise and Black Licorice. I wouldn’t have been able to discern either flavor without consulting the bottle but the combination results in a very unique and memorable taste. DoubleEh (15) - - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a black brown with very slight hints of amber, large frothy head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing to note. Mostly Coffee and chocolate malt in the nose... Little bit of licorice there. Taste is chocolate and licorice up front giving way to a bitter coffee and a little bit of booze. Medium bodied, a little over carbed I thought ... Think it would have been nice as a nitro but still very smooth and drinkable. Overall a great beer
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On tap @ Crowbar. A deep dark black beer and the head is quickly gone. It had a lovely color when it stuck around though, deep dark brown in color. On the nose it’s quite lovely to be honest. Really packed with dark, sweet flavors. Some boozy thing also, lots of dark Belgian chocolate, a ton of liquefied licorice, and even a little bit of vanilla! Oh yeah, it’s a flavor bomb. Of dimensions may I add. As dark roasted as they come with a ton of dry 80%cocoa powder. Dammit. It’s like chewing on a chocolate bar that has been added something slightly acidic and vanillaish. The licorice is just extreme to the max. Warming dark aftertaste that’s refusing to let go. A thick and chewy mouthfeel with a prickling carbonation level. Lovely stuff 25.05.2013
jackafholmes (1024) - - DEC 25, 2014
Can from hop hideout, sheffield. pitch black small tan head. Aroma reeks of liquorice, also has treacle and tar. Taste is liquorice/treacle sweetness and roasty malts bitterness. Slight prickle and oily body. Excellent stuff. Think I’ll pick up more baltic from now on, although this does get a bit sickly after the first half. bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Draft. Dark blackish color with a winey/beige head. Aromas of dark malt and red wine. Fulll bodied with mild carbonation. Flavors of really dark toast, port wine and light spice. Develops sturdy and persistent chocolate in the finish. Anise seems present. Not dry, but why should it be? Plovmand (8682) - Grindsted, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2010
On tap at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Shared with Borresteijn and DSG. Thanks for a wonderful time, lads! Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, spices, chocolate, vanilla, anise, dark fruit and liquorice. Wow! Light spicy flavour with notes of liquorice, roasted coffee beans and light chocolate. Very good. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Can. Pours black, thin tan head, quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma is malt - maybe a hint of the anise and licorice? Taste is roast malt, smooth finish. Nice beer. Hopfemandli (108) - Zug, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2013
On tap @Erzbierschof - very dark brown with huge lasting beige head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hints of lemony freshness. Taste is roasted malts with traces of coffee and dark chocolate. Has an old fashioned flavor. Some sweetness combine well with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Some more bitterness is missing. Top fermented.