Eructoblaster (4597) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle - 341ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and a thin beige creamy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with anise and roasty hints. Taste is robust, complex, and well balanced. it carries roasted coffee, anise, and herbal notes. It ends with a long, strong bittersweet finish. Very interesting. godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2010
let me start off by saying that this is perhaps the most difficult beer i have ever had to rate. it has all the qualities you would want in a good beer, except the taste is putrid: 341ml bottle from SAQ. pours opaque black with a thick creamy brown head that lasts. aroma is completely dominated by black licoric. i get some coffee, chocolate and roasted malts in the bouquet as well, but licoric is the obvious focus of this beer. the taste is where this beer really disappoints me. horrible. it is way too overpowered by fennel and black licoric type flavours which i’m not too fond of to begin with. mouthfeel is excellent however. velvety, slick, full bodied and not too carbonated. it’s a shame, because aside from the absinth part, this would be a great stout. however, flavour is the most important part of a beer, and this one did not deliver. drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Bière de type stout à l’absinthe et épice de 6.6% d’alcool, couleur brun noir peu mousseuse, bien houblonné, arôme de café. sseb69 (2061) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Mondial 2010. En fût. Bouteille 341 ml. 6.6%. Couleur brune très foncée, noire, mousse beige, brune. Arôme de chocolat, absinthe, un peu de café. En bouche, l’absinthe est présente, notes de chocolat, herbes. Je n’aime pas particulièrement l’absinthe mais cette bière est très bonne. Bonne qualité. Spab (4428) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
341 ml bottle from Premier Wine & Spirits (Halifax). Pours a dark slightly reddish brown. Aroma has strong anise with some toffee and dark fruit in the background. Taste starts very fruity/licorice-y but gives way to a strong, somewhat harsh, herbal bitterness with a bit of mint. There’s some subtle chocolate and toffee underneath. Sticky mouthfeel. There’s a lot of interesting stuff happening here but the result is not as inspiring as it could be.
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle, 6,6%, dark black with beige head, arome of anise, arak, or my own favorite pastis. Having the chance of drinking absihthe in spain, this is good stuff, mellow, long , wow !!! cyrenaica (1192) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
I tried this beer on August 18, 2010 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid black woth a this tan head. The aroma was overwhelmingly anise with roasted malt, coffee, and caramel all taking a back seat. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy. The flavour was again roiasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.....and anise. I’m not a huge licorice fan, so the power of the anise took away from the enjoyment of this beer, but anise aside, a solid effort. DerWeg (1785) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 Black-brown, dark tan cap. Anise-like aroma with some sweetness. Taste full and sweet with some roast, malt and anise. A little coca and espresso tries to fight through this. Not a huge stout so the herbal spice tends to dominate. Fruits are like grape and prune. Mixed feelings here - a bit sticky and overdone for a medium-intensity beer. BOTTLE RE-RATE - better aroma and flavor and they are finding a balance. striking aromas and flavor of anise. The herbs are not astringent and the smooth sweetness of the stout compliments the Absinthe flavors. I’m getting some roast and light lemony acidity, hint of sweet coffee. Seems to have more flavor then druaght at the brew pub. Chewy flavors and nice sticky/dry feel. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2010
Black colour with an off white head and lace clinging to glass. Weird aroma at first, quite fruity with liquorice. Rich smooth texture. Flavour of fruit and liquorice once again. Cherries and mint. Weird beer but rather nice. Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
Pours up a solid black with dark tan foamy head. Smells dominantly of absinthe (aniseed, cumin) with some roasted maltiness underneath. Taste is likewise dominated by the absinthe but the stout comes out a little better. That aniseed licorice taste lingers forever. All and all an average brew with an interesting concept. Definitely worth a try but I don’t see it becoming a staple for many.