Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
From a 1 L brown bottle. Pours out a dense opaque black hue, impermeable to light. Tall dense spongy beige head that retains well and eventually settles to a thick cap.
Intense molasses and sweet black licorice on the nose, along with sweet dark malt and notes of chocolate and coffee.
More intense sweetness in the flavour, almost cloying. Yeah, sweet black licorice dominates (seems more like anise to me though, perhaps some sarsaparilla root as well), with dark malt, mild chocolate, and molasses, with some dry cocoa and coffee rounding out the finish. Astringent dark malt and alcohol appear in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium-full, velvety and slick texture, also dry and astringent on finish, with moderate carbonation.
A real heavy hitter, and it delivers with everything mentioned on the label (hell, in the name alone!). 1 L is a bit much for anyone to tackle on their own, a friend or two to help out is well advised, or the remainder would make one hell of an expensive but kick ass marinade for ribs. Worth seeking out, however only if you enjoy licorice, as that most certainly is the powerhouse in this stout, hands down. That aside, certainly worth seeking out.
03-02-2013 05:34:50 | More by IronDjinn
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev +11.7%
Although not a black licorice fan by any means this be was calling my name out today so i grabbed it on a whim.Pours mor of a deep dark brown than stout black with a thick creamy lighter beige head that settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.It smells almost like black licorice extract...that much licorice in the nose,some molasses and a hint of vanilla is present as well.A nice full creamy feel is almost airy in the mouth.Alot of beers say they are flavored or enhanced by a certain thing and Iam left wondering where it is,this one not at all.Licorice really hits home in this beer in the aromas and flavors,a bit of coffee roast and vanilla round out the palate along with some warming alcohol.This beer is no joke,I hate licorice but like this beer,go figure.The Jagermeister of beer?Maybe.
01-02-2014 21:46:18 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from 1L bottle into snifter:
A: ~1/2" tan, foamy head, which dissipated moderately quickly. Dark cola appearence. Messy, tan lacing
S: Coffee, licorice/anise, vanilla, faint nutty. A little mild, considering the snifter pour
T: Much like scent, but much stronger. Almost salty, reminescent of Baltic Porter. Coffee, licorice, nutty with a boozy aftertaste.
M: Low carbination, fairly foamy with a boozy bite, short on tongue.
O: A very good, heavy beer, but not as unique as I hoped. Not too heavy body, and disguises alcohol well. After flattening out a bit, though, the anise really came through,
03-11-2012 04:27:19 | More by BashOnABike
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
1L capped, swing-top bottle. This is one bad-ass label, the name and austere Soviet iconography setting the tone with a sledgehammer.
This beer pours a dictionary-definition black, with the slightest of slight pencil-thin basal cola 'highlights', and two beefy fingers of densely foamy, rocky beige head, which leaves perfectly consistent drop-down speckled drip patterns of painted lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.
It smells of musty, dusty, Zellers-going-out-of-business black licorice, middling dry cocoa, bittersweet cupboard-bound raw molasses, soft day-old coffee notes, and a latent black fruit infused caramel malt - good, sure, but a bit over the top, and I can't believe I'm saying that. The taste is ethereal anise, with a near cousin, more quotidian packaged black licorice essence, sweetly grainy, slightly roasted caramel malt, syrupy root beer, understated sugary molasses, a touch of espresso, and duly under-appreciated earthy, musty hops. The 20-proof booze is more than capable of keeping its hedonism well under the radar.
The bubbles are present, and mostly perfunctory, to no ill end, the body an adequate medium weight, and tacitly smooth, the hops and slightly metallic alcohol choosing this particular point to make their debut. It finishes a whole lot more dry than anything up to this point, the licorice character having a hard time differentiating itself from an ouzo cameo.
A big, big, big, (did I say big? Ok, then) beer, of the Imperial Stout bent, fo sho. The licorice and anise (the difference is real, I know) is readily noticeable, front and center, really, with the other flavours eventually just a futile exercise of pissing in the wind, it seems by this point. Not the most complex of offerings for the style, but agreeable enough in its weight, a suitable Saturday Night Special, as ever was.
03-03-2013 06:32:15 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
A litre of a story in licorice. Black with a large head, big lace. Black licorice and anise. Looks like a stout but overwhelmed by the licorice taste. ROasted malt in secondary.Significant carbonation. Jason's bottle from his BC friend. A fun beer, a novelty.
11-25-2012 16:07:42 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
A - pitch black with a thumb of brown head, held at a thin cover with decent random lacing
S - big licorice root aroma backed by strong espresso and some molasses
T - the licorice is in your face along with a rich black strap molasses flavour, cold pressed coffee along with more subtle roasty flavours bring up the rear, make no mistake this is a big boy beer with big boy flavours
M - chewiness in tempered by the high ABV, has a strong bitterness of both the licorice and coffee, finishes with a warm feeling in your chest
O - this beer is huge all around, and the licorice is more pronounced than any i've sampled, definitely made for beer geeks and not for the faint of heart, and finally big props for collaborating with a cool company like Megadestroyer!
04-25-2013 03:16:52 | More by joemcgrath27
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
So this is my first real review, so sorry for any "amateur" terms or mistakes :P
Poured from a 1 liter bottle into a pint glass. My pouring hand wasn't used to pouring this amount of beer, so it definitely quivered. I should probably work out more often.
Appearance: Opaque black/brown body, with a mahogany head and some lacing, but not as much as expected.
Smell: Licorice smell is the most dominant, yet I sense another lesser smell, something along the lines of a nut of some sort. I'm assuming this could be roasted malts.
Taste: Right off the bat, a very smooth licorice flavor accompanied with a roasted flavor. Neither is over powering and are very balanced. Was pleasantly surprised by this, because I feared when buying this bottle that it'd be a liter of alcoholic licorice. Finishes with a great licorice aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: The standard stout feel. I don't know how to describe it in any further details to be honest, other than that classic stout feel we all know.
Overall: Very content about this one. My first from Howe Sound, and I was a little skeptical about their line because of the liter sized bottles at the very reasonable price of 10 dollars. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a brew off the beaten path, or just a fan of stouts in general.
01-31-2013 06:54:06 | More by ZiggyPop
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
1L bottle bought at Lennox Liquor Store for $9.65 + deposit.
Appearance: black, impenetrable to light, with a massive light brown head that's quite slow to dissipate.
Smell: licorice (from the anise), some booziness, not much else. Definitely appealing, and rather unusual.
Taste: loads of licorice flavour, some sweetness from the molasses. I think it seems less bitter because of the licorice flavour, which either makes the bitterness less pronounced or more expected.
Mouthfeel: thick. Probably about what you'd expect from a beer made with blackstrap molasses. Not overly carbonated.
Overall: with flavour so pronounced and ABV of 10%, this isn't something I'd want to drink often or very much of at once. I kind of wish it were available in a smaller bottle, but it would be fine if you had a friend (or two) to share a bottle with. I'm very glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't have it again anytime soon. I might like it to be a bit more complex, but it is what it is.
06-13-2013 04:35:54 | More by souvenirs
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, very close to black with almost 2 fingers of thick tan head. Pretty nice lookin'.
Smell. Dark roasty malts, some Pernod, a little bit of molasses and dark chocolate. Pretty nice smellin'.
Taste. Nice big chocolaty roasty malts, a little anise, a bit of dark fruitiness. Fairly complex, much more so than I was expecting. Pretty nice tastin'.
Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with medium-low carbonation. Just a little warmth. Pretty nice feelin'.
Overall. Loved this one. Big and rich with a complimenting amount of licorice. Pretty nice beer.
05-01-2012 02:53:22 | More by Rutager
3.39/5 rDev -13.7%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of liquorice with sweet malt backbone. Taste is dominated by liquorice with some sweet malt and black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Liquorice is an interesting ingredient but over-dominant in this case. Not sure why they insist in bottling this in 1 litre bottle.
02-11-2014 03:43:39 | More by Phyl21ca
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
1L swing top bottle...Shazam! Split with my bro in law.
Pours black, all black, with a dark tan head and lots of lace.
The aroma is sure as sh*t licorice.its not too daunting, and there's plenty of roast and chocolate coming through to even the score.
Taste also starts off with a licorice kick, then some chocolate, even a soft coffee note and some brown sugar.
Full bodied, for the most part, but a smidgen lacking in overall stoutness.
Not a big fan of licorice, but it works nicely here and isn't too godawfully overwhelming.
01-23-2013 01:13:53 | More by EgadBananas
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours an opaque pitch black with a nice two finger brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is dominated by fresh black licorice with light roasted malt and a hint of cola. Flavor is fantastic, roasted malt, lots of licorice, anise seed, caraway seed, charred coffee. Finishes with light hop bitterness and lingering licorice. Medium bodied with light creaminess. High ABV well covered, making this dangerous in such a large bottle. Must resist finishing the bottle tonight... A great stout and the best use and integration of licorice in a beer that I have ever had. Outstanding.
01-09-2013 04:01:44 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Thanks to chickenm for this one.
Poured from a 1L bottle and shared with my wife.
Appearance: Really dark brown body, huge thick head that really takes its time, bubbly a bit. Each sip leaves some lacing in its wake.
Smell: Some licorice, raw cocoa powder mixed with actual chocolate.
Taste: Black licorice present but doesn't overpower. Leaves equal amounts of cocoa, milk chocolate and roasted coffee get to play.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, nice smoothness mixed with a bitter feel. Chewy a bit.
Overall: Found the licorice to be a nice compliment without obstructing the other flavors. Wish it came in a smaller format though!
11-05-2012 16:15:11 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
A: Pours jet black with 1 finger of light tan head which dissipates into a thin cap. No light passes through even well held directly to the light.
S: Big blooms of black dutch liquorice with deeply toasted malt. Notes of cocoa powder, roasted coffee and the scent of sassafras, what you would find in root beer.
T: Taste follows the smell, black liquorice followed by cocoa and roasted coffee. Finish is very smooth with a slight bitterness left on the tongue, reminiscent of grapefruit rind.
M: Full bodied and oily smooth.
O: This is a well balanced stout, liquorice is very evident but not overpowering allowing the other flavours of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and coffee to come through. Alcohol is barely noticeable. A very enjoyable sipping beer. Will be buying a second to store and try again next winter.
04-07-2012 21:12:18 | More by FondueVoodoo
Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.