I made the extract version of this back in the fall and was quite disappointed. I am relatively new to brewing, however, so I don't want to exclude the possibility of operator error; it may very well be my fault. What I got was a brew that was decidedly the wrong color (not nearly as dark as Trois Pistoles) and overwhelmed with a powerful astringent/licorice flavor. Several months of aging have not improved it, and I think I'll probably end up pouring it out. I've since moved on to all-grain brewing and concede that the all-grain kit may be a different beast altogether, but considering the investment lost on the first batch I probably won't order it. I may be more comfortable with one of AHS's in-house dark strong ale kits.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.