Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 On tap (Gainsbourg): Poured a pitch black color stout with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of absinthe is quite powerful with light roasted malt notes also discernable. Taste is a good mix between strong absinthe notes with some strong notes of anise and some good notes of roasted malt with light sweet finish. Body is about average with light creamy texture and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the absinthe notes which are distinct but not necessarily overpowering.
2011 bottle rating - Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spices and absinth is well mix between some roasted malt with light note of lactose. Taste is also very smooth with a nice mix of herbs and spices with some clear notes of absinth and a quite sweet lactose finish. Body is quite creamy and full with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice balance between the different ingredients.
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bouteille de 341ml, robe d’un noire intense, arôme d’herbe et de café, goût chocolaté et très anisé.
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent one a little storng but nice in shape and features. Creamy and black foam. Nice thickness and aftertaste.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a brownish-reddish black with a resilient beige head. Smell is weakly roast. Taste is very herbal - leafs, chlorophyll, and smoke roast and chocolate. Finish is quite a bit roasty, quite a bit of black chocolate bitterness. A hint of liquor in there (maybe the absinth?). Also some leafs and herbal bitterness. Light to medium body. Very good, unique, unexpected stout! I was pleasantly surprised!
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- mint, slight roasted notes, huge medicinal qualities, oak, barrel qualities
Appearance- mostly black with a very thin white head
Taste- medicinal upfront with some sharp minty sweetness, slight roasted hits in the middle with a touch of chocolate, more medicinal on backend with a clever touch of sweetness to end things
Palate- on the thinner side with an overcarbonated mouthfeel
Overall- Somewhat impressed I think. A good friend of mine brought this back with him from Montreal and knew to hook me up. It’s not something that I could or would drink everyday but it was pretty cool to try.
Minderbinder (1860) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark brown with medium brown head, some lacing. Aroma is of absinth (herbs), chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is of herbs (absinth), chocolate, +roasted malt, spices, sligth bitterness. Mostly artificial impression. Palate; Medium body. Overall: Not too bad, but artificial taste.
worldbeertaste (1654) - AUSTRIA - AUG 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark black with no tint and a quick dissapearing brown head. Smells of a nice roast with an herbal absinth element, nice malt character with licorish. Medium to thick body. Taste of malt, and clear herbal absenth element, nice stout roasty and liqourice. With a dry bitter finish. I dont really like it. Its strange. But its still a interesting stout.
MichaelLawrie (51) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a good, strange, one-note beer with a very prominent herbal/liquorice character. You’ll either love it or hate it. I happen to love it.
thorongil2 (1242) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 (bottle) clear very dark brown colour with small brown head; aroma of licorise, coffee; sweet flavour, thick palate, pretty good (unless you hate licorice)
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly anise and black licorice with some roasted malt. Would not really consider this to be a "stout" as the bottle suggested... It’s pretty much a stout base with loads of anise and licorice added in. If you’re a fan of those flavours you’ll like this beer. It’s unique and has a distinct unforgettable flavour. Enjoyable--but not for every day consumption.