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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (820) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
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. Its 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. Im 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stantheman (613) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Alibi Room in Gastown. Wow! The licorice really comes on strong here. Its okay, but I prefer slightly more complexity in my stouts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
Sammy Grey Cup 2012. Black with brown head. Big bitter black licorice aroma. Delicious black licorice flavour. Maybe my favourite Howe Sound beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
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 Im 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (592) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
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. Im not a huge fan of licorice but this one is balanced very well.


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