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Scotland, United Kingdom
Herb and Spice Beer
3.61 | pDev: 14.96%
Mar 04, 2019
Jan 19, 2009
Notes: Formerly Speedball

Ale brewed with honey, kola nut, poppy seed and guarana.
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
"Best by 3/25/15"; drank 11/27/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange/purple hue.

Dark tan head; thick lace.

Fresh earth, orange citrus & sweet caramel nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Roasted coffee & mild caramel flavors up front; fresh earth finish. As this warms, mango, milk chocolate & cream notes emerge.

Incredibly complex & fun to drink.
Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Casey_L from Texas

May 03, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

May 22, 2016
Rated: 2.91 by ChrisMyhre from Massachusetts

Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Amedlin18 from North Carolina

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by zotzot from Vermont

Aug 08, 2015
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Batch 209. Poured from a 750 into a nonic, the beer is a very dark, deep, brown coloring with a fluffy, low profile, tan head. Aromas of molasses, caramel, honey, roasted nut, and a subtle sugary sweetness. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with a blend of coffee, molasses, nut, tangy caramel, earthy notes, and a bready backbone. Very rich, on a full, robust, heavy body. The aftertaste is sugary sweet and heavily roasted molasses and honey. Smooth, slow, lingering finish. Good beer.
Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by kkazemi from North Carolina

May 02, 2015
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: poured into a pint glass to a nice shade of bronze topped by a finger of dense cream colored head that fades to a small pool and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of toasted bready malt with some banana and bubblegum aroma with some spice notes
T: taste is bananas and bubble gum with some caramel sweetness, a little spice going on as well. swallow tastes like coke a cola with some caramel malt sweetness and a tinge of spicy yeast on the back end
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. the finish on this beer is refreshing
O: Overall it isn't a bad beer at all. the flavors and complexity aren't offensive but it also isn't anything special. Not sure how I feel about having to drink an entire bottle though.
Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by BoljaBoy52 from Texas

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by SackBlabbath from Kentucky

Feb 05, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by tbryan5 from Louisiana

Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 3.87 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3.85 by valianes from Canada (ON)

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Dec 08, 2014
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22.4 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 7/16/2015. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, honey, cola, herbal tea, light pepper, light chocolate, plum, pear, apple, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, honey, cola, herbal tea, light pepper, light chocolate, plum, pear, apple, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, honey, light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, light chocolate, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced brown ale. All around very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 2 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Daniellehto from Sweden

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Nov 07, 2014
Rated: 4.12 by nicole-mac

Oct 13, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Oct 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Smileitsfreetobehappy from Alaska

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Guitars_and_beer from North Carolina

Sep 29, 2014
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Reviewed by M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass, dark brown with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: coffee, cola, quite sweet, honey

T: cola, coffee, honey, toasty malt

M: medium to full

O: OK, uniquely flavored beer
Sep 27, 2014
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Reviewed by Fargrow from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Dark brown with a tan head.
S: Chocolate, spice, metallic, dark fruits, burnt caramel, pepper. So much going on here.
T: Burnt caramel, honey, ripe dark fruits, leather, apple and pear, chocolate, smoke, growing hop bitterness as the bomber disappears - similar to a black IPA. Wow!
M: Much thicker than you'd expect for a 7.8% abv brew. Very nice.
O: This beer is fantastic. I picked this up at a Binny's in Chicago. After watching Brewdogs I wanted to try one of their originals, and this was the cheapest. I'm so glad I picked this up, and am really surprised it's (apparently) retired. I would definitely recommend this beer.
Sep 27, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by archero from Texas

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 3.72 by thufflife from Missouri

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Dbot from Delaware

Aug 17, 2014
Rated: 2 by wtkphoto from Michigan

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by turntable1973 from Minnesota

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by GRG1313 from California

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by barryjg from Texas

Jun 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 30, 2014
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer is black in appearance but when held up to a bright light the edges of the glass appear to be very dark brown. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts and chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to have a little sweetness from the honey with notes of dark fruits along with hints of kola nuts and toffee. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like a brown ale compared to a herbed/spiced beer so I'm not sure if this beer was aged and this mellowed out the hoppy and herbal flavors. In any event, it was rather easy to drink and had some interesting aromas and flavors.

Note: Batch 209
May 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by afsdan from Colorado

May 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BrewSTL from Missouri

May 20, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by R_J_FearNoBeer from Colorado

May 11, 2014
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