Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A litre of a story in licorice. Black with a large head, big lace. Black licorice and anise. Looks like a stout but overwhelmed by the licorice taste. Significant carbonation.
presario (4422) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sammy Grey Cup 2012. Black with brown head. Big bitter black licorice aroma. Delicious black licorice flavour. Maybe my favourite Howe Sound beer.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An over-the-top extreme experiment in how much liquorice you can cram into a beer.
How: Bit 1L capped + flip-top bottle. Consumed when
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is quite something, nothing subtle here, I had got such a strong liquorice aroma from a beer. I also got a strong star anise presence in the aroma but Iím not sure if the beer is actually spiced. Taste is pretty much the same. An overload of black liquorice over a bed of star anise. Roastiness here and there. Very sweet, which when combined with the other flavors make for one hell of a candy beer. This is not a very good beer but it is one that is really worth experiencing once, so over-the-top that it is actually fun, I shared my bottle with a few friends and some of us laughed out loud at its over-the-top aroma & flavor. This is my rating number 5000!!!! Wow, what a milestone, so much time spent on ratebeer to get there, this is awesome, probably almost as awesome as having a real life.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
September 30, 2011 with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel. 1 lite swing-top bottle c/o J&K. Black pour, thick looking, with a lovely mottled light brown lasting pancake batter head. Aroma is mostly anise with a backdrop of dark cereal roast and alcohol and some bitterness. Taste is a little more complex - anise, chocolate, plum, more alcohol and wildflower bitterness. Solid body, decent carbonation - starts fruity/boozy and finishes herbal/floral. Simple, but an actually refreshing impy stout.
sulawang (496) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours blackish-brown, small foamy head, a few fast moving CO2 streams. Mainly licorice and star anise on the nose. Drinks with a very creamy-buttery mouthfeel up front, medium sweetness (7/10), transitioning into aromas of licorice root, star anise, roasted malts, with hints of vanilla & coffee, leading to a roasted bitter finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, very nice drinkability. Iím not a huge fan of licorice but this one is balanced very well.
MrFecesious (655) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this a few times. Interesting beer. Pours a deep, dark brown with dark beige cap. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, maybe mint. Taste is very licorice, burnt malts, chocolate, herb liqueur.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark black with lacy beige head. The nose has a punch of black licorice, fennel/anise. With subtle hints of mint, chocolate and jagermister. It has a full body mouth feel. This stout has a very strong anis/fennel flavor with layers of mint chocolate chip. The finish is very medicinal and jagermister.
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Reynolds314 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared by Gloupgloupburp at HF anniversary bottle share... MEGADESTROYER strikes with the fury of 1000 good n plentys. Do you like black licorice a lot? If you do you will love this thing. If you dont you will hate it. If youre indifferent towards it then youll still probably hate it.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Hill Farmstead second anniversary party courtesy of someone. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Licorice, citrus, roast. Medium to thick bodied, lots of sweet roast, more licorice. Roast, licorice, candy. Long lingering licorice bitterness. Not really for me.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Swingtop growler shared by glouglouburp. Bigtime potent in black licorice all up in your face. Some dry milk chocolate and doughy malts. Fine in small doses, but licorice is overwealming after an ounce or so, as may have been megadestroyers intention, who knows.