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


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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LA International Beer Competition 2014, Silver Medal, Experimental Beers

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
drstatic (1) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
blackmetal (123) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
A true stout with an overt black licorice taste. Quite sweet but too monotone and forceful going down and aftertaste lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4653) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
(1 Litre swing top) Pours a brown head with a black opaque body. Nose is pure black licorice. Black Death in intensity. Overly sweet, a knock out of alcohol and malt wrapped in anise. Works because its so distinct but not something I'd regularly take on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPod

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brleo (78) - - SEP 12, 2013
Ok...if the more common stouts out there seem like Bud Light to you, then give this behemoth a whirl. Though still not as dark or chewy as St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout for example, this imperial licorice stout is absolutely savage in its heaviness. Pours black with a brown foamy head, aroma is intense licorice and anise. Though the palate is lighter than I thought (not necessarily oily/chewy), itís a heavy brew. Taste is akin to sweet licorice cigar, lots of anise aftertaste. For what it is, itís good. Just not something I would want to drink often, or even a lot of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Ridiculously large swing top bottle. Thanks for sharing, Kevin. An unrounded licorice bomb. Licorice in the nose is similar to other licorice beers Iíve had, tending towards brewers licorice and none of the candy intensities. It gets close, but not quite there. Sweet and strong, with an overwhelming amount of licorice flavor. Out of balance with the spice really. I could see having a nip of this in a tiny snifter, like you might drink Jaegermesiter as a digestif, but itís mostly a novelty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1818) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Megadestroyer pours a creamy and viscous opaque black with a thick, creamy tan hea. The head subsides in just a few minutes leaving some splotches of lacing on the snifter. A thick wafting aroma of dark licorice and star anise floats out of the glass. A rich, robustly roasted malt and notes of dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla are noted. The nose has a pungent licorice note that could be hard to get past for many beer drinkers. Sweet and rich roasted malts up front with a big licorice flavoring hit the palate right away and doesnít subside. More licorice and anise flavor right through to the finish with robust and potent roasted astringent notes. The 10% ABV is unnoticed by the palate but has a thorough warming sensation. The licorice lingers long into the aftertaste and doesnít subside for some time. On the whole, I felt this was a fantastic beer though rather unapproachable for many beer drinkers and perhaps even a few Imperial Stout lovers. But for the niche market of licorice and imperial stout fans, this hit the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
Drinking this now. Black, tan head. Nose is deep sweet licorice. Flavour is the same. Really, this is a one-note licorice drink, no chocolate or coffee or vanilla or malt or roast or whatever else is normally found in this style, except for a bit of roast in the finish. I honestly find anise to smell and taste like licorice so I canít comment on where specifically that dominates. Flavour makes the thick viscosity seem gooey. I can say the licorice is really good quality, not like those cheap "Goodies" but more like Dutch drops. Iím a fan of licorice so I can drink this in moderation... if you donít like it, stay away!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyrish (92) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Shared with Lagerboy over a game of whiffle. Pours like dark molasses. Creme Brulee head. Light carbonation Smokey burnt. Reminiscent of panda licorice. Heavy star anise nose. chewy thick palate. An intense rendition and great example of a licorice stout indeed. Thanks Lagerboy!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1380) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
1L capped swingtop shared with Eyrish and three others at the West Bay Whiffle. Deep dark black with an impressive foamy Carhart beige head which settles and mostly lasts. Powerful and intense burnt dark roasted malt and black licorice aroma and taste, some treacle and earth. Soft carbonation, full body, moderately hopped. Roasty bitter finish. Like Winter Whiffle, definitely not for the faint of heart, and DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1008) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Dark brown with light tan head. Aroma is all licorice, very nice. Opens with heavy licorice but fades fairly quickly. Not a lot else going on. Medium body and carb. Pretty nice beer.

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