poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 L swingtop bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick beige head that leaves sheeting lace. Aroma is full of licorice and thatís all I really smell. Tastes just like a bag of quality black licorice, which is a good flavor in my opinion. Starts out a little sweet before turning bitter. Mouthfeel = creamy, carbonation just right. Overall, an extreme beer that tastes good and isnít over the top for a palate thatís ready for this type of shit. For the uninitiated, stay away.
DuffMan (6643) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
One-liter swing top, shared at the poker table. Very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is overpowering black licorice, with maybe a bit of soy sauce. Acrid black licorice flavour, very one dimensional. It became almost nauseating for me. I couldnít finish my share. I donít think anyone did.
reebtogi (4144) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L capped bottle with a swing top pours deep black in color with a massive mocha colored head with great retention eventually settling to some spotted lacing. Aroma is dominated by licorice with some roasted notes. Taste is also licorice dominant with some roasted grains and chocolate underneath. A solid imperial stout, but would be better if the licorice didnít dominate so much.
dfearnley (921) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Howler to goblet
Licorice, molasses, maybe nutmeg. Deep reddish brown with a bubbly brown head. Taste is sour with black licorice. Nice full bodied with a nice bite at the end.
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
One liter, capped, fliptopped. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy tan mousse that really sticks around. Unbelievably bombastic nose...ultra intense liquorice jetwash of aromatics. Itís like when luke spent the night in the taunton he killed on hoth, and han commented on how pungent they are. This beer turns you into luke skywalker, spending the night huddled for survival inside a taunton made of anise. and paint thinner. Sticking my face in the mug to pick up the aromatics actually made my eyes burn. Iím not saying that to be dickish, it really did made my eyes burn. Creamy thick goopy, oozy body. Sluggish carb. Intense roasty, ashy, peaty, earthy, anisey mid palate. Long ashy finish.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a jet black with a medium brown head and great lacing.
smell is of black licorice, some cocoa, and roasted malt.
taste is smooth, licorice, cocoa, and malt. ends a little tangy.
DeanF (1687) - Nunavut, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great mix between pronounced licorice and dark imperial stout. Huge black body and head, but a sweet finish. This could have been awful but ended up quite spectacular.
stantheman (634) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Alibi Room in Gastown. Wow! The licorice really comes on strong here. Itís okay, but I prefer slightly more complexity in my stouts.
Sammy (8527) - 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 (4608) - 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.