Blind Spot
High Water Brewing

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From:
High Water Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 14.88%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
16
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 25, 2016
Added:
Jan 21, 2012
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SCORE
84
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Rated: 3.25 by GRG1313 from California

Jan 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has spices and dark fruits. Taste is definitely on the sweet side with spices and molasses. Overall it's a nice spiced stout but nothing special.
Oct 11, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours brilliant black with a tan 2” head that grips the sides of the glass.
S: Fruit aromas, spice, herbs and dark malts.
T: Spicy, fruit and dark malt, chocolate with plum, raisin, grape, hint of wine, light sweetness. Flavors are soft and not harsh or burnt.
F: Medium to above on the carbonation. Medium on the body.
O: An interesting beer but the herbs and spices would shine with lighter malts and the heavier malts might do better with different herbs and spices.
May 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by zestar from California

Aug 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by GClarkage from California

Jul 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by archero from Texas

Sep 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by GraduatedCashew from California

Aug 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
A- pours black with a small creamy white head that has decent retention, leaving a small layer floating in top

S- lots of spices coming through, getting cooked vegetables, nutmeg & ginger, cooked spinach and some herbal spices

T- the spice flavors follow the aromas with cooked spinach and vegetables, slightly tart mid-palate, nutmeg, roasted malt with a touch of chocolate on the back end. This one just seems all over the place

M- medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- this seemed like an herbed beer that was trying to be a stout. The flavors just didn't blend well for me. It may have paired better with food rather than on its own
Jul 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by mxchap from California

May 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by largadeer from California

Apr 06, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by jmccraney from Washington

Mar 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 16, 2013
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Reviewed by Fatehunter from Oregon

2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured a thin head on a black colored body.
Well, the ginger comes through strong in the smell. The cardamon and the roasted malt are there too.
The taste is roasted malt at first and then the spices take off with the rest of the profile.
The texture is smooth with a crispiness and moderate carbonation.
The does not do it for me. The smell is way off and the taste has to many spices.
Feb 25, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by chippo33 from Vermont

Feb 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Oct 14, 2012
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Reviewed by brotherloco from California

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber. Released January 10th 2012. Served in a tulip.

Pours an opaque dark brown with two fingers of dark beige foam. Settles to a thick ring. Bits of lacing.

Aroma of a lot of spices. Ginger seems to be the strongest with licorice right behind that. Some sweet chocolate malt backs things up.

Flavor seems to match the nose quite accurately, although not as sweet as I was expecting. Middle and finish are quite drying and spicy. ABV is buried in the flavor, but you feel warmth after several sips. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall the feel tilts towards thick, but only slightly.

A "winter warmer" in July. Why not?
Jul 21, 2012
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Reviewed by ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of holiday spices with some clove, cinnamon, and ginger. There is some dark sweet and roasty malts beneath with a hint of dark fruitiness.

T - Starts off with some holiday spices with some cinnamon, ginger, a hint of sweet dark fruit, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, a bit of roasted malt come through with some more spices and a bit of of light fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet lightly roasted malts with spices, dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice malt and spice balance with good complexity. The finish has a great mix of being sweet and warming.
May 01, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by capolo2k

Apr 19, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by laymansbeerfan from Minnesota

Feb 28, 2012
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Very pleasant mouth-filling carbonation. A deep brown in the Brigand globe with nice foam. Sweet and spicy at first sip. Quite a mix of Christmas cookies and spice cake. Raisins and ginger, a little candied fruit. Quite aromatic.

Big beer but not alcohol tasting. Quite a mix of dark malts and some charred flavors. Buttery as well as bitter in the aftertaste. Dark caramel and nuts.

22 oz bottle from the Olive Tree in Ocean Beach.
Feb 17, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by popery from California

Feb 07, 2012
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Reviewed by Srsly from California

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Mohawk Bend

A - Dark brown with off-white head that doesn't last especially long.

S - Smells mostly like winter spices, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and more. I get some sweet malts underneath too. Very solid for the style.

T - Bigger than I expected based on the nose. Tastes similar to the way it smells, but more intense. A lot of gingerbread cookie flavors and sweet caramel-like malts, with a hint of roastiness to it too.

M - Much more smooth and solid than it might have been, especially considering its 8.2% ABV. Heavier than I expected, but in a good way.

O - An excellent spiced winter ale,one of the better examples of the style. A little heavier, more substantive than Anchor's Our Special Ale, and I think I actually like it a little more.
Jan 30, 2012
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Reviewed by brokensail from California

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours dark brown in color with a small light brown head. There is an overwhelming aroma of licorice to this. The ginger and other spices are there, but the anise really overshadows them. A bit of roasted malt and chocolate is present, maybe a touch of toast. The flavor has a similar intense anise/licorice flavor to it, which works if you are a fan of that. Lots of roasted malt and a bit of vanilla, actually. Not bad, but not really my favorite.
Jan 22, 2012
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Reviewed by Halcyondays from California

4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a small off-white head presumably from all the spices. No real lace.

S: Real nice nose, heavy on the grains of paradise and citrus. Gingerbread for sure, very Christmasy.

T: Great spiced malt flavour. Again, lots of gingerbread and orange. Christmas cookie like. A higher gravity Old Fezziwig if you will, I certainly will.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, smooth, spicy finish.

O: This is well balanced and thank goodness not underattenuated. It's just where it needs to be. This is a great winter beer, I just hope they release this before Christmas this year.
Jan 21, 2012
Blind Spot from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 26 ratings