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Brewed by Brasseur De Montréal
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Brewed with absinthe.


0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrothQwaffer (4) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011 does not count
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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlainG (1349) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2011
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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2729) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2876) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
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.


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