mcox90 (2097) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Pint pour at the source. Pours a chestnut/mahogany brown, to the clear side, with a thin off white head. Light molasses, brown bread and earthy hops on the nose. Semi sweet taste. More of that brown bread flavor, light roasted malt and light caramel. Faint tartness in the finish. Body is a bit thin. Not bad. AirForceHops (7332) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Sample at the brewery 1/25/2014. This wins for best beer sampled on my visit. Dark mahogany color with thin lasting head. Dark roasted malts leading to chocolate, earthy malts and nuts. The flavor starts with traces of cocoa, molasses and roasted nut flavor. Has a light anise flavor toward the finish. The texture is almost syrupy sweet without being cloying. The ABV is hidden and the body is medium, leaning on the thin side. But that doesn’t hurt this brew. I was glad I saved this for last because I had nearly lost all faith in this brewpub. This is a well made brew and I could order this again. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On draft at the brewery, im a big sucker for old ales so i am biased but this one is awesome. Rich and toasty and very ashy with a dry finish. What is really holding it back from world class is that the body is thin, which is unfortuneatly a common theme at willibrew. :(! beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 2, 2012
Chocolately, roasty goodness. Almost porter-like in its color and aroma with a little oily sweetness to it that takes this beer to another level. Very enjoyable for the first two pints, then my palate was screaming at me to stop. joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Draft @ the Brewery. Served in a pint glass, this beer has a brownish/purple color with a fizzy white head. Aromas of malts, dates and brown sugar, this beer is pleasant, warm and very drinkable. More of a malty beer, this has hints of dark fruits, nutmeg, licorice, ginger. The hops give this nice bit. Despite the higher alcohol content, this one was easy to put down. Enjoyable brew.
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Deep dark brown beer. Aroma is lightly sweet. Rich treacle/molasses and a soft hint of dark brown sugar. A light rumminess as well, but thankfully, it isn’t all that chewy. Softly herbal and a little bit sticky. Fairly hoppy on the back with a lot of herbal/earthy notes. There is a little bit of licorice flavour as well. Unusual and pretty tasty. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Fresh growler purchased today 1/18/08. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, some cocoa, burnt maly, lots of nuts, some dark fruit. Taste is initially nutty with a really pleasant complimentary bitterness and nice chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is dense with a bitter finish. I wish the one I homebrewed was as good as this. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Tan head atop cola-black body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, roast, light chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, some earthy, roast, bittersweet chocolate, caramel. Creamy medium-full body, light stickiness. Alcohol is well-hidden. DYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4oz sample at the brewpub. Licorice/anise aroma with some subdued chocolate aromas present as well. A little peppery in the arma that is low on hops. The aroma is a little faint. Moderately hazy dark-brown color with a small light tan head that is rather small. Light lacing present. Sweet, dark chocolate start sprinkled with anise notes. Middle has more booziness that I would expect from a 7.7% beer. This adds quite a medicinal characteristic to this beer. Finishes quite roasty with more chocolate. Sort of tastes like a baltic porter.