Ipaluvr082 (21) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
This baby Pours black like it?s namesake with a heavy light brown head. The aroma is intense earthy licorice, tending toward a candy rather than root. The taste is dominated by sweet Licorice hiding a subtly thick oatmeal stout in the background, pungent. Definitely a novelty beer likely best enjoyed in a small snifter as an appertif, then again black sambuca is pretty damned good. After drinking a little more, this is sickly sweet, definitely swill. Actually I concur with one of the other raters, Iíd definitely rather have a pug bite my balls than drink another sip of this, even the sink complained when I tipped it out,
andrewturba (894) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a large creamy light brown head that slowly settles and leaves a lot of lace. Aroma is assertive black licorice with some sweetness. Flavour is sweet, black licorice, roasted malts, alcohol, and mild-medium bitterness on the finish. Very different but thereís just something I like about it!
Reimer96 (1017) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a frothy brown head and some nice sticky lace. Aroma of anise and light roasted malts. Taste is anise, roasted malts, alcohol and more alcohol and booze on the finish. Overall a complex beer that is well balanced for what it is however Iím not too sure how many people would enjoy this. Loads of black licorice and alcohol round out this beer a d itís definitely not for the faint at heart... I want to say itís terrible yet I want to keep drinking it.
Tehhairy (5) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a nice dark head, can immediately smell the licorice. Has an awesome earthy musty licorice flavour, not too sweet. I could drink this anytime.
drstatic (1) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Okay, people. Itís time to be honest. This beer is awful. I had it back in December of last year and apparently it did well enough to get a re-release. Donít drink this swill. It tastes like someone melted down black licorice in a pot and poured way too much grain liquor into it and then just bottled it up.
People who say this beer is good are complete liars. Even if you love licorice to death, thereís nothing good about this beer. Honestly, if someone recommends this to you that means they donít want to be friends with you anymore. Itís the first beer Iíve ever had to pour out.
Iíd rather have my pug bite my balls than drink this awful swill again.
blackmetal (112) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A true stout with an overt black licorice taste. Quite sweet but too monotone and forceful going down and aftertaste lingers.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(1 Litre swing top) Pours a brown head with a black opaque body. Nose is pure black licorice. Black Death in intensity. Overly sweet, a knock out of alcohol and malt wrapped in anise. Works because its so distinct but not something I'd regularly take on.
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brleo (64) - - SEP 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok...if the more common stouts out there seem like Bud Light to you, then give this behemoth a whirl. Though still not as dark or chewy as St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout for example, this imperial licorice stout is absolutely savage in its heaviness. Pours black with a brown foamy head, aroma is intense licorice and anise. Though the palate is lighter than I thought (not necessarily oily/chewy), itís a heavy brew. Taste is akin to sweet licorice cigar, lots of anise aftertaste. For what it is, itís good. Just not something I would want to drink often, or even a lot of.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ridiculously large swing top bottle. Thanks for sharing, Kevin. An unrounded licorice bomb. Licorice in the nose is similar to other licorice beers Iíve had, tending towards brewers licorice and none of the candy intensities. It gets close, but not quite there. Sweet and strong, with an overwhelming amount of licorice flavor. Out of balance with the spice really. I could see having a nip of this in a tiny snifter, like you might drink Jaegermesiter as a digestif, but itís mostly a novelty.
patricks110 (1554) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Megadestroyer pours a creamy and viscous opaque black with a thick, creamy tan hea. The head subsides in just a few minutes leaving some splotches of lacing on the snifter. A thick wafting aroma of dark licorice and star anise floats out of the glass. A rich, robustly roasted malt and notes of dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla are noted. The nose has a pungent licorice note that could be hard to get past for many beer drinkers. Sweet and rich roasted malts up front with a big licorice flavoring hit the palate right away and doesnít subside. More licorice and anise flavor right through to the finish with robust and potent roasted astringent notes. The 10% ABV is unnoticed by the palate but has a thorough warming sensation. The licorice lingers long into the aftertaste and doesnít subside for some time. On the whole, I felt this was a fantastic beer though rather unapproachable for many beer drinkers and perhaps even a few Imperial Stout lovers. But for the niche market of licorice and imperial stout fans, this hit the mark.