Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Dark brown. Big liquorice aroma, anise...dame on the palate...it’s a strong, slightly oily impy with lots of rich malts and a huge anisey blast, bit of booze. Not all that refined but I don’t think that’s the point. ljthiessen (1350) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
On tap at Barley Brothers, Winnipeg. Black pour with an attractive mocha head. Aroma of black liquorice and allspice. More liquorice in the nose than the flavour though, which is nice. I don't mind black liquorice, so I found the flavour to be nicely balanced with caramel and chocolate notes, especially at first. Eventually the liquorice takes over a bit. Nice full-bodied flavour though - a little boozy, a little dry. Completely unique and definitely some good things going. jefcon (1878) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Anise on the aroma, and coffee and malt in the background. Very deep and rich color in the glass, with a forward coffee palate and rich chocolate malts. The licorice is a fine-tuned accent on the beer, sped along by the high gravity. Short palate for an imperial stout, but great flavors, very friendly to the palate. jtclockwork (16690) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste is heavy black licorice, molasses, brown sugar, smoky ash, star anise, roast chocolate and vanilla bean. Medium body. nearbeer (5456) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2014
1 L. swing-top. Opaque ebony with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Aroma is licorice, anise, espresso with cream, and a note of graham cracker. Tastes of espresso, cocoa, licorice, anise, caramel, sour cream and charred green herb. Finish has some lingering notes of soy, mint, blackstrap molasses and tobacco. Heavy body is chewy and soft with a medium but smooth carbonation. To the sweet side, but has enough roasty-acidic astringency that keeps it from ever becoming sticky. The alcohol is well hidden. I would have liked this better without the huge licorice/anise nose, it was just a little too obnoxious after a short while, although the combination seems to have added some nice complexity to the taste.
bhensonb (15342) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
1 L fliptop from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark brown with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma is just anise. Med + body. Flavor is dark malt, treacle, chocolate and pretty much anise. The chocolate is sufficient to balance the anise. Or at least nearly. However, for those who dislike licorice, this would seem to be one to avoid. I’m getting a little burn, and don’t know if that’s heat or hop. I think this one would be really interesting after some time in a bourbon barrel. bulldogops (2701) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Rating #986 - February 16, 2014 - 1oz sample from a 1L swingtop, $10.39 CAD at Coop. 10%. Might be my lowest rating for an IS to date. Dark black pour with a weak tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is black sambuca. Black licorice dominates on the palate, and I can’t get over it. Really unpleasant. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Nearly black in color, brown head. Loads of licorice, anise, roasted malt, ash, asphalt. Pretty much just ok. dreamflower (791) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
A striking beer. Completely black with a beautiful caramel head. The liquorice aroma comes through in the taste as well and I find it complementary to the style. An enjoyable sipping beer, but by the time I was finished drinking it the liquorice may have overpowered me to the point where I’d had enough. northropfrye (3643) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 For my personal taste this isn’t fabulous but that’s because I hate black licorise so it’s me not the beer. That being said this succeeds in achieving a balanced black Licorise stout and is very unique as I’ve never had anything with quite this flavour profile. Successful if not for me.