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.
presario (4533) - 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.
terutt (1) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased from Liberty Wine on 10th. 1L growler shared between friends. Served in red wine glasses.
Ar: Heady licorice, slightly smokey, slight alcohol.
Ap: Black with strong, but thin, tan head. Leaves a decent lace pattern when done.
T: Licorice, licorice, licorice, slight bitter chocolate, a little sweet, and a light roasted finish.
P: Thick, creamy, puts hair on your chest.
Johnsense (701) - - APR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 Pours Black with a brown 2 finger head. Smells of Liquorice, Dark Chocolate and roasted Malts. Taste of Black Liquorice (The good European stuff) 85% cocoa, hint of English toffee, Dark fruits, Roasted Malts - Fabulous! Booze is hidden VERY well here. If not for the strength I could sip this all night.
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 L swingtop bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick beige head that leaves sheeting lace. Aroma is full of licorice and that’s 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 isn’t over the top for a palate that’s ready for this type of shit. For the uninitiated, stay away.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour black with huge light brown head. Aroma big time anise/licorice, roast, coffee, chocolate. Taste plant bitterness, roasty, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee. MF medium to full body with mild carb. Solid brew with awesome aroma the licorice is the star of the show.
jercraigs (7337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011-09-30. Black body with a nice foamy brown head. Pleasant aroma, modest sweet malt, licorice notes smell like a high quality licorice candy. 7+ Flavour is similar, mild sweet dark malt with a good amount of licorice flavour throughout. Very light bitterness keeps it from becoming cloying. Smooth medium to full bodied palate is nice. Solid, the licorice is pretty prominent and how much you like it will shape how much you like the beer. Personally I quite enjoy it, but its a bit much for a 1L bottle! Made for sharing. Bottle about six months old, via manuchampions
manuchampions (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at Alibi Room’s 200th list, Vancouver. I stand corrected! This is not the same beer I sampled at the brewpub. It was certainly more potent and with more intense flavours than what I had there. Pours a deep black with thin almost tan head. Aroma is smoky licorice. Taste is viscous, hug licorice hit mixed in with smoked malt and some bitterness. Lovely lingering finish. Delicious.
garthicus (2591) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Jerc & Mabel, appearance - Pitch black, HUGE thick brown head. Aroma: Liquorice, chocolate, anise, peppermint. Flavour: Wow, anise, liquorice, lots of chocolate and mint, lovely alcohol level too with a wonderful sweet finish. Delicious.
LarryBeast (454) - - APR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
All licorice all the time. Pours thick and black with brown foamy head. Strong flavour of anise and chocolate with subtle hints of plum. A powerful beer worthy of its name.