dfearnley (820) - 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 (6059) - 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. It’s 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. I’m 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 (1662) - 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 (613) - 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. It’s okay, but I prefer slightly more complexity in my stouts.
Sammy (8354) - 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 (4580) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 I’m 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.
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sulawang (592) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. I’m not a huge fan of licorice but this one is balanced very well.