daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black in color, brown head. Loads of licorice, anise, roasted malt, ash, asphalt. Pretty much just ok.
dreamflower (768) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A striking beer. Completely black with a beautiful caramel head. The liquorice aroma comes through in the taste as well and I find it complementary to the style. An enjoyable sipping beer, but by the time I was finished drinking it the liquorice may have overpowered me to the point where Iíd had enough.
northropfrye (3250) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 For my personal taste this isnít fabulous but thatís because I hate black licorise so itís me not the beer. That being said this succeeds in achieving a balanced black Licorise stout and is very unique as Iíve never had anything with quite this flavour profile. Successful if not for me.
cards04 (2648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice stout. All black licorice. Nice anise aromas and flavors. Dark roasted malt flavors too. I liked this.
Thisis12ptfont (1107) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
This thing is just a mess. There is no balance whatsoever. So overly boozey and licorice itís nearly impossible to take down. Absolute disgrace to Imperial Stout style. Donít buy this.
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of liquorice with sweet malt backbone. Taste is dominated by liquorice with some sweet malt and black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Liquorice is an interesting ingredient but over-dominant in this case. Not sure why they insist in bottling this in 1 litre bottle.
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled sample. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin head. Fair head retention. Aroma of intense licorice, mint, bitter hops. The taste is strong licorice, mild toast and chocolate. Thin-medium bodied. Definitely a love or hate kind of beer and, well, I donít love it.
ABUSEDGOAT (2589) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, tan head, some lace/retention. Aroma is strong licorice, lesser notes of chocolate and caramel, lightly roasted. Medium bodied, licorice flavor dominates.
pictoman (933) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ipaluvr082 (71) - 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,