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

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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LA International Beer Competition 2014, Silver Medal, Experimental Beers


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2013
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.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DuffMan (6643) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4144) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (921) - 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 (6108) - 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. 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.

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 (1687) - 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 (634) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8527) - 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 (4608) - 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.


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