obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Strong licorice nose. Mahogany, medium tan head. Licorice on the front and back end. Charcoal at midpalate and beyond. Chewy medium to full body. I like it, but I love licorice and anise. Warning: don’t drink it prior to romancing your partner. Both licorice and beer are libido inhibitors. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at the March Libertine Bottle Share. Pours a deep brown/black with no head. Aroma is anise through and through. Slight chocolate. Taste is more licorice which you really have to like to enjoy this. Not overwhelming but there in enough capacity to make it a big turn off to me. Probably shouldn’t go further. Boris1353 (2) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015 does not count
The licorice finish is strong no coffee or chocolate notes overcoming that, with a creamy tan head and lacing that lasts to the bottom of the glass. You gotta like licorice to like this beer, that’s why I bought it, I do. fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
a little thin on a palate, but otherwise a very solid stout with lots of great licorice notes. Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2014
My 3000th rating. Luckily I enjoy licorice as a candy and as a flavor. the licorice is primary but its very strong. it lingers in the beginning and the end. the malts and hops are constant, but its the licorice that is the star. to one for the fan of the bitter. happy ratings everyone!! here’s to another 3000 and beyond!!!
nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2014
The aroma is licorice and burnt malt. The appearance is dark brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is typical for the site overall good. LordGnome (16) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
I’m rating a litre bottle I bought in a pack. I wasn’t impressed at first and drank half of it then left the rest for three days, so this review is based on the "flat" version served at room temperature.
Aroma: strongly licorice and caramel.
Appearance: Jet black with a brown head that soon dissipates.
Taste: Intensely licorice, coffee and caramel.
Palate: Medium to full bodied, quite a thick texture. Carbonation originally lively but not at time of rating. Decent long licorice finish.
Overall: Definitely worth trying. It’s a very distinctive beer from a brewery that makes some very distinctive beers. In my opinion it would benefit from less carbonation and being served at room-temperature as that allows the full flavour to be tasted. Doesn’t come across anywhere near as strong as its ABV- alcohol probably masked by licorice. Decent imperial stout but definitely not a session beer. I’d drink this again quite happily. MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
I don’t like black licorice but this was in a sample pack. Gorgeous pour and head, nice aroma but docking lots simply because I don’t like the flavour. Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle: chouffe glass:
Black beer brown head.
Aroma of dark chocolate, raisin, liquorice, bay leaf.
Flavours of liquorice, bay leaf, some roast, mocha, bitters and some raisin.
Aftertaste is bitter raisin, liquorice and some mocha.
Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Metalchopz (3679) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Purchased in Vermont. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a light brown coloured head. Pure black licorice nose. Some in the taste, but not as much. Wow ! What a great beer with anise and loads more. Goes down nicely for a high alcohol brew.