yespr (45447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2011
From tap at Saint Bock. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is distinct star annis and dark roasted malty. Thick malty, absinth and star annis en masse. Dark malty and roasted, spiced to herbal. Thick malty and roasted to liqourice. Ends dry and dense liqourice. cgarvieuk (24499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
bottle at home ... black ... thin lacing (murky green tinge)... licorice allsort on the nose ... dark roast ... huge licorice .. soft roast malt ... light toffee ... ligth bitter ... its lots of fresh licorice .. a decent licorice stout. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
On tap @ Les Brasseurs de Montreal. Black pour with a finger of khaki foam. Roasty and slightly ashy aroma. A lot of coffee grounds and some roasted nuts. The flavor is sort of on the bitter side. Kind of herbal. Plenty of licorice and some ashy. A touch of soap and green apple on the finish kind of ruins it, unfortunately. Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thick brown head. In aroma, bitter chocolate with loads of licorice,, rye bread, very nice. In mouth, a sweet powdery chocolate with light licorice, caraway, alcohol warmth, very nice. On tap at Hivern’ale, Jan 25 2012.Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
Earlier Rating: 7/18/2009 Total Score: 3.4
A deep dark stout with a thin dark moka head. A light licorice aroma, with chocolate and coffee. In mouth, Pernod meets a rich stout, with chocolate mint. A very happy mix. On tap at Mondiale 2009.
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - dark black colour with a little dark beige foam left; strong coffeish nose with fair notes of absinth; quite full-bodied with a subtle carbonation, slightly oily and pretty bitter; long chocolatey and coffeish roasted finish - an astonishing combination which wonderfully works (even with someone like me who is no big fan of absinth
hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a black color with a small sized tan head. Licorice, some herbalness (especially in the aromas and I’m guessing that is the Absinthe), roast, and chocolate. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
A gimmicky stout, yet a good one! Pours black with a small retained head. Absinth clearly in smell, we know it, we get it and it works. A nice diversion, though the stout behind it is basic. Worth seeking out. DuffMan (10434) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle. Near black pour, low tan head that retains poorly. Herbal medicinal chocolate aroma. Palate entry is intense black licorice, followed by bitter bakers chocolate, ending with a minty bitter note. Very interesting, well crafted stout. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
2009-06-05. Black body with a modest tan head. Strong aroma of licorice or anise, herbal undertones. (7+) Flavour is similar with less anise and more of the herbal character, not unpleasant at first but it grows quickly and becomes way too herbal to drink much more of it, like a weak Jagermeister. Average palate. Starts beautifully and finishes much less subtly. On tap at the brewpub, Montreal
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Aniseed/licorice-like absinth flavors pervade this huggable Stout base, as vanilla sweetness and delicate roastiness round off a 5% abv sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-tinged blackness.
-Cushy effervescence increases drinkability.
-The flavor profile is intense for a 5% brew, so I cannot say this is as drinkable as your typical 5% Stout, but all flavors are well presented and likeable.
-The bitterness on this one is obviously vocal, but remains palatable, which was not the case with DDC’s absinth strong ale (the only other absinth-flavored beer I’ve had).
On tap at Vices et Versa.