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.
Blairgus (2310) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
15 June 2011, bottle at my last cgarvieuk tasting! dark brown, thin brown lacing. liquorice allsorts candy. actually, more liquorice than is in allsorts. med body and syrupy, not very fizzy. decent syrupy aniseed stout. i could actually drink this ON OCCASION and in small portions.
cgarvieuk (12767) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... black ... thin lacing (murky green tinge)... licorice allsort on the nose ... dark roast ... huge licorice .. soft roast malt ... light toffee ... ligth bitter ... its lots of fresh licorice .. a decent licorice stout.
BuckeyeBoy (2404) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Pours out black with some red highlights topped with a tan head. Aroma was black licorice, roast malts, and some more candy sweetness. Taste is all licorice all the way, I just couldn’t get my mind off of that.
probstblueribbon (2701) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
341 ml bottle from SAQ, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a so-so mocha head.
Aroma: Intense real black licorice, some brightness, plenty of other herbal notes (absinthe, I guess), I want to say some black coffee and dark chocolate in the distance but that could be power of suggestion, lime zest, lemon Pledge, odd but not totally unpleasant.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly velvety effervescence.
Flav.: Lemon-lime, lime zest, less licorice than the nose, other herbal notes, lemongrass, slightly peppery, again there seems to be some dark-roasted malt notes WAY in the background, a little fruity brightness, still odd; off-dry with decent bitterness and a licorice-lemon grass, grassy, herbal kinda finish.
I applaud the bold attempt. I golf clap the result.
Tricker (260) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bière noire de 6.6 % d’alcool. Elle possède un goût de café. Elle est particulièrement intéressante, notamment puisque l’on sent bien l’odeur des herbes, de même que l’infusion d’agrumes. Fort rafraîchissante.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with a thick mocha head with above average retention. Aroma is absinth, alcohol, molasses, herbs and some coffee. Flavor is sweet at first with a healthy dose of absinth and herbs, followed by a wave of coffee and a bitter finale with warming alcohol. Medium to full body with a liquorous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty, but not something I would drink everyday.
czar (3660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at brewpub. pitch black pour with a thick medium dark beige head, good retention and lacing. powerful aromas of absinthe - my nose can’t smell anything else. taste is like a shot of an aniseed spirit in your stout. a lot of coffee notes, bittering chocolate and aniseed. velvety texture, oily, full body. very enjoyable if you love absinthe.
GarnotingPete (720) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Étrange bière noire, opaque, voilée par un frêle col brun. D’intenses arômes boisés de café et d’anis. Un peu sucrée et très amère. Un corps généreux, une texture épaisse animée par une douce effervescence. Très longue en bouche. Drôle de bière... Rappelle le pastis...
MXD (303) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with dark ruby shades. Good tanhead -- rather "thick" as well. Average retention. Aroma is anis, absinth, licorice. It’s kinda well-perfumed, so it’s hard to notice anything else. Taste is much more subtle. It’s still a lot about absinth, but much less than what aroma suggested. I don’t really like absinth : this said, I’ve heard of this one a long time ago, and I didn’t saw it in any store before recently (it’s seems to be an SAQ-only product). I think this one is good for what it is, but I knew from the start that I wouldn’t necessarily be a fan.
This one is also really overpriced at 4.35$ for a 341 ml.