Hate to be boring and give this 4 out of 5 in every area, but that seems about right.
Thanks to my sister for bringing this in a Bell’s box to me from Michigan for Thanksgiving.
It pours a lovely brown with quarter-inch head that fades to easy lacing. It remains dark, but it’s not motor oil pitch – maybe just a thinner darkish brown/black. It smells mainly like a stout with coffee and chocolate – typical burnt malt stuff – and not too much of the licorice that it says it’s brewed with. Then again, when was the last time I smelled licorice?
As you drink it, you definitely get the stouty malts, but there’s also a nice bitterness and a tartness behind it. Kinda like putting a sweet tart in chocolate. Maybe that’s… licorice? In terms of the mouthfeel and drinkability, it’s a medium bodied stout at 6.0% abv. It’s not so overwhelming that you have to sip it, but it certainly does feel like pigging out on candy.
I’m a fan, but not going to be craving this tomorrow.
Grade: B+ (4 of 5)
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-02-2010