Metalchopz (2558) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I usually get my brews from this brewery on the Quebec side, but this one I found at the LCBO. Quite an interesting beer. Pours an almost black colour with very minimal red highlights. The head is creamy, light brown, has great retention and leaves nice lacing. The nose has dark roasted malts, with some molasses and liquorice (anise). Quite herbal overall with some mild sourness. Pretty much the same for taste, with a little cocoa in the finish. The balance between these ingredients is pretty nice and different. Not one you could drink many in a row though.
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Thick brown, opaque, thick foamy beige head. Aroma: Very strongly of anise and licorice, which it shares with absinth. Strong notes of coffee, butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla. Palate: Thick, smooth, slightly dry finish. Taste: Fair amount of bitterness, slightly sweet, slightly salty. Interesting taste. One of the most unique beers I’ve ever had. Certainly better than most "flavoured" beers out there.
yespr (34340) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Saint Bock. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is distinct star annis and dark roasted malty. Thick malty, absinth and star annis en masse. Dark malty and roasted, spiced to herbal. Thick malty and roasted to liqourice. Ends dry and dense liqourice.
rejtable (1683) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very bold beer. Big up front licorice, backed up by a bitter coffee finish. Light creamy inmouth. Pours almost black with light coffee colored head.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours deep black in colour, nice big frothy dark tan head. Aroma is all absynthe and anise, taste is a fairly strong combo of dark, but not bitter, malt and absynthe. Interesting to try, but that’s about it.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours dark black, light head, this one really taste like absinth. its got the dark roasty malts with a nice finish of absinth. If you like absinth I would bet you will like
pootzboy (1615) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle pours a jet black ale in the glass. 2 finger tight sticky mocha colored cap which laces the glass walls. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is roasty-cocoa-herbal with anise undertone. Flavor is a more intense version of the aroma with rich coffee-cocoa flavors blending with the anise-licorice-wormwood-fennel tastes and the resinous hopping. Finish is long and liquid with some drying and bittering to a bitter roasty finish. Very well carried off flavored porter. The Anise compliments the coffee-cocoa malts yet was not over powering
greglikesbeer (34) - Ancaster, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341ml bottle from LCBO. Pours almost black with a creamy, dark brown head. Aroma is overpowering anise/licorice with a hint of coffee. Sour and bitter taste with chocolate & coffee flavors and a ’roasted’ finish. Bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while. Meh.
TheJester (2090) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 mL bottle. Don’t listen to all of the haters; they never gave this one a chance. It’s addictive! The flavours DO work together; the roasty-chocolatey stout and the herbal-anise absinthe in perfect balance. It’s not one for after hockey or on the dock, but it’s good. Don’t give up on it ’til you’ve had at least two.
thb (744) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours inky black, not too carbonated, dark brown minimal head. Aroma: roasted barley, anise, licorice (if there’s a difference). Maybe chocolate? Taste: licorice allsorts. Seriously. Beer secondarily. Earthy - very. Bitter roasty finish. Vegetal. Smells good, tastes good, but overall impression is weird.