Mark_Eck (951) - - FEB 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black. Aroma and taste are sweet black licorice and not very enjoyable.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6222-20140321] Bottle. Grainy smoky burnt taffy aroma has a bit of a roasted band-aid note. Black body with a medium-lasting brown body. Taffy molasses and roasted wood chocolate chips flavour. Full body. Really wonderful, but apparently a lot of the hops dropped out as it’s an older bottle. (7/4/9-/4/16) 4.0
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Ferris (7009) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Dark roast and molasses. Deep brown with a very rich nice brown head. Tons of liquorice, molasses and dark bitter roast. Liquorice notes are very nice and add some great complexity. Quite nice.
pictoman (735) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the tap. Black with tan head. Mild roast malt with a bit of chocolate. Licorice and medicinal quality to it that adds sweetness along with a bit if molasses. This quality could put some people off as it’s the dominant flavour, but it’s not overbearing in my opinion. Medium body.
vancookalex (13) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally got around to trying this. Pours black, with a mocha head that disappears quite quickly. Aroma is quite sweet, notes of anise, chocolate, cherry, vanilla...black forest cake? Tastes quite boozy, more anise and chocolate, and definitely molasses. This is a fairly hoppy stout. Good mouthfeel, though, it coats the mouth pretty well. This is better than last year’s offering.
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 2014 bottle, aged 1 year. Very dark. Deep rich burnt chocolate, deep fruits, alcohol. Sweet and molasses, chewy rich malts, good balanced impy. 4 8 7 4 16 = 3.9. I was told I’d like it better after a year, and I did.
Fresh, 2014 bottle: Inky black with a medium brown head. Really fruity aroma, with lots if boozy bourbon character, and a lot of raw wood. The palate is all molasses, such a disconnect from the aroma. That molasses is just dominant. I don’t think it’s a great beer, but I like molasses so I like the beer.
jercraigs (8320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014-03-21. Black body with a nice brown head that fades. 3++ Aroma is alcoholic, dark roasty malt, cocoa notes. Flavour is similar, dark malt core, nice cocoa roast bitterness. Notes of molasses? Some green hoppy bitterness. Average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. Enjoyable, it has held up well. Bottle courtesy of GregClow close to a year old.
mcberko (8670) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out cloyingly sweet syrupy notes and light roast. Flavour is big and bold, thankfully without the syrupy quality of the nose, with notes of roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of cocoa. Highly roasted and caramely. Well-balanced and flavourful. Good stuff.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o GregClow. 2013 vintage. Pours almost black with an average size diminishing frothy light-brown head. Nice aroma of molasses foremost along with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and leafy hops. Flavour: Lots of molasses, lots of hops, roasted malt and a long, slightly harsh finish. Average bodied. Quite enjoyable.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thick opaque black, with thin tan cap. Aroma is rather sharp, not in an alcoholic way, in a molasses and macaroon dough way. Oak chips are evident in the aroma, but the molasses overpowers everything. Intense, big, and sweet. No star anise at all, it is completely lost. The palate is thick and overwhelmed by molasses, so if you like molasses you are in luck. Would go great with dessert. If you do not like molasses you will hate it. Slightly burnt finish. Not a sophisticated beer, but it is enjoyable enough. Hell, if you don’t like it, you can easily baste ribs with this stuff!
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