thb (644) - 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.
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
341ml bottle. Pours black with one of the darkest heads I’ve seen on a beer. Cocoa, espresso, dark malt notes with heavy medicinal notes, and a noticable whack of spearmint. It smells alright, but I can’t say it’s a combination that works. Definitely a strange combo taste wise. Begins with a bitter tang, with some citrus sharpness, which fades and opens up into the stout. Dark malts, earthy molasses, with a piney, and medicinal herbal finish. The combination of the stout, and absinthe just doesn’t work. They’re two contrasting tastes that kind of have a orange juice / toothpaste thing going on. I just can’t recommend this because well, it’s not good. I would however, love to try their straight up stout.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
341 ml bottle - near black on the pour with a billowy mocha head. Aroma is, er, interesting, but given the description of the beer, probably what you’d expect. Anise upfront with some chocolatey notes in the background. Anise, sourness, bitter roast bite at the end in the flavour. Hmmm, not really loving this. Not sure who came up with the idea, but let’s call it an interesting failure.
robinvboyer (2756) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark pour, good sized beige head. Very earthy aroma, lots of licorice from the absinthe, and some light sweet roasted malts. Mouthfeel is good, and carb is spot on. A BiG earthy flavor, like a mouthfull of dirt. It lasts for about 2 seconds and then goes into some sweet roasted malts and more licorice. The dirt come back in the finish. I cant shake this dirt!!
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2011
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Well, here’s an example of two things I think should never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever be blended together, beer and absinth (yet I like both of those things). Pours an opaque brown with a small tan head. The aroma has tar, coffee, anise, and of course, absinth. Nauseating. Flavour is even worse, more nauseating, and with a rough slightly sour edge to the stout characters that make me think there’s a really sub-par stout underneath, that the brewers decided would be better off blended with a liqueur to hide the fact that the base beer sucks. Or they got really drunk off of absinth one night, and one guy was like, "Oh my gawd! Oh my gawd! You know what we should brew!? YOU KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD BREW!??", in that really drunken Quebecois way, and the next day they found a fermenter full of some horrible, sloppily put together stout, with a bunch of empty absinth bottles laying around that no one remembered. It’s just awful, I got three sips into it and knew it was more than I could take. Looks like I’ll be returning something to the Lickbow.
FrothQwaffer (4) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, with a greenish hue. Soft tan delicate head with aromas of black unsweetened licorice and 85% dark unsweetened chocolate some herbal and a touch of anise. Flavors follow though on the palate with a medicinal astringent quality at the base of the tongue. Over all velvety feel in the mouth a rich licorice stout. Well Done.
AlainG (898) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
D’un noir opaque, cette bière ne m’a pas charmé côté odeurs. J’y ai détecté des effluves de caramel brûlé ou de toffee. Elle se reprend côté goût cependant, sans toutefois brasser la cage. La variante anisée, qui rappelle le pastis, se manifeste assez bien, accompagnée d’une touche de menthe. Assez étrange comme palette, mais tout de même plaisant.
DuffMan (5778) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Near black pour, low tan head that retains poorly. Herbal medicinal chocolate aroma. Palate entry is intense black licorice, followed by bitter bakers chocolate, ending with a minty bitter note. Very interesting, well crafted stout.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle, pours a black colour, however, there is an awesome green hue beneath the thin tan head. Liquorice allsorts aroma, tastes nicely bitter with the aniseedy absinthe. Quite malty with a chewy, oily mouthfeel. Not bad!
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Benjii at cgarvieuk’s tasting. Pour is brown-black with red highlights. Nose is massive aniseed/liquorice (I find it hard to distinguish between the two!) with some slight herbal notes, too. Pretty sweet, with a hint of chocolate. A very decent stout, with a big liquorice/coffee bitter kick on the finish.