Boutip (5079) - 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 (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, 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 (2416) - 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 (737) - 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 (70) - 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,
andrewturba (1165) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Reimer96 (1471) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Tehhairy (5) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
drstatic (1) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
blackmetal (175) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A true stout with an overt black licorice taste. Quite sweet but too monotone and forceful going down and aftertaste lingers.