Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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LA International Beer Competition 2014, Silver Medal, Experimental Beers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2331) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Black pour, tan head, some lace/retention. Aroma is strong licorice, lesser notes of chocolate and caramel, lightly roasted. Medium bodied, licorice flavor dominates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (444) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Poured from 1L bottle. Black with beige head. Very predominant licorice aroma. Taste of sweet black licorice with some bitter roasted malt. Alcohol mostly hidden. Medium body. Warning: you must like licorice otherwise you wonít like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Ipaluvr082 (51) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
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,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1171) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tehhairy (5) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
drstatic (1) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
blackmetal (112) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
A true stout with an overt black licorice taste. Quite sweet but too monotone and forceful going down and aftertaste lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4475) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
(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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPod

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brleo (68) - - SEP 12, 2013
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.

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