Ontbeertaster (2306) - 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 (1578) - 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 (1781) - 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 (671) - 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 (544) - 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 (2985) - 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 (1146) - Margaritaville, 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.