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


on tap

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
LA International Beer Competition 2014, Silver Medal, Experimental Beers

Hooker's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, - FEB 25, 2012
Jet black colour with thick tan head. Rich licorice malt nose. Creamy mouth feel of licorice and roasted coffee malt. Lingering bitter coffee and licorice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Thin medium brown head of varying sized bubbles. It looks as if the cap was not super secure on this brew. Came off very easy and the brew looks to be a little bit flat. Lots of black licorice in the aroma with some molasses, dark roasted malts, lactose and a bit of root beer. Color is basically black. Flavor is creamy and very smooth. Soft buttery malts up front then changes into the licorice in the middle and finishes strong roastyness. Moderate alcohol presence and warming. Lingering sweetness and licorice as you drift off. A pretty tasty and decent brew. Different but i like licorice so all good with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice aroma. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1728) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle. Man this is a thick beer. Black as used motor oil. Two finger head that quickly disappears and hardly any bubbles after. Taste and aroma are very strongly licorice. I love licorice but after the first glass it’s a little over the top. Nice beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 7, 2016
Appearance: clear deep brown, one fat finger of fluffy beige head, excellent retention and minimal lacing. (4/5) Aroma: liquorice, roasty malt, coffee and chocolate, burnt sugar. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Full slightly oily body, moderate-soft carbonation, drying and warming lingering bitter finish. (3/5) Surprisingly well behaved for a massive behemoth, like an 800 pound gorilla who could rip your arms off and beat you to death with them, but instead wears a top hat and monocle, and argues philosophy with you. He still gets his way, mind you, because you’re terrified of him. Well, this beer has its way with you, eventually. How could it not? In one bottle, you’ve got the same alcohol content as a six pack of “normal” beer. But then, why be normal, right? And I love black liquorice, so this is definitely my cup of tea. The liquorice does come through loud and clear, and yes, dominates, but again in that understated fashion that allows the roasted malt coffee and chocolate tones to be present without being completely swamped by the liquorice. High sweetness is impressively balanced by the high bitterness so that it never becomes cloying. (14/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5171) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours opaque sable with a thick tan head. Licorice dominates the aroma but gladly shares the stage with toasted malt and a hint of mocha. Flavor features plenty of licorice, as well as roast malt, coffee, molasses and chocolate undertones. A bit sweet, but good. Mouthfeel offers decent fizz and body. Get destroyed - and please, please call a cab, or Lyft, or Uber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Large shared bottle with a flip top ceramic top. Pours thick and dark with a good head. Aroma -back licorice and fainter black bread Flavor - dominated by black licorice but with the stout showing as well. The licorice prominent but is not as strong as in, say, black jelly beans. Lightly sweet at an appropriate level. Overall: easily recomended for fans of licorice and stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsd08460 (839) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Aroma: licorice, earthy, smoke, chocolate, Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, licorice Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, deliciously different

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle - 1L swing-top. Black pour with a thick, dense, tall brown head. Licorice, roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate and molasses int he nose. Taste is big black licorice notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses and burnt caramel. Body is medium to medium-full with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Sticky as well. Ends with more black licorice, roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10244) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 18, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 I’m a fan of black licorice, so this had potential for me, despite the middling scores. I am always amazed that people spend what they do on a beer, and then put in the review of a chocolate stout "I hate chocolate" or they hate hops yet rate hundreds of IPAs. I was wondering if the lowish scores here reflected a large number of people that just don’t care for black licorice, or something else. Anyway, starts off nice. Big black licorice and roasted malt aroma. Looks great...black with thick brown head. The flavor and feel is where it went south for me. Too over the top in the flavor...almost medicinal in quality and overly bitter. Not bad, but not something very good in more than a taster size...which makes the 32 oz format seem ridiculous. The worst part for me was the anise burn at the back of the mouth and all the down my throat to my belly, that ruined what could have still been a pleasant flavor. Overall, had some good things going for it, but didn’t want to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, chocolate, biscuit, toast and salt. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Decent but too much licorice for my taste.

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