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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice StoutMegadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%


Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-08-2011)
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

11-05-2013 04:09:36 | More by LDuke
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seand

California

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark black with a fair amount of tan head. A solid layer retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Sweet strong and nutty, with heavy notes of anise.

T: Again, sweet and strong, and the anise comes in at the middle through the finish. Nicely put together overall.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid stout in a great bottle. Save some for later, because it will hit you hard!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 03:23:50 | More by seand
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-18-2014 04:10:18 | More by oso
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

03-17-2014 02:19:20 | More by KingdomBobcat
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

03-14-2014 03:47:27 | More by KeeganRohovich
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-03-2014 00:24:10 | More by Mattyb79
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +1%

03-02-2014 03:24:06 | More by brotherloco
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

2/5  rDev -49.5%

02-18-2014 07:42:54 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with two finger head and minimal lace with an aroma that is sweet and boozy although I must say it is mostly anise/licorice but I do get some touches of molasses and a bit of roasted/charred malts as well. Beer is thick, chewey, bready, has good balance for a while between the dry, roasted malts (bordering on burnt) and licorice and touches of dark chocolate with a slightly boozy finish. This is a good beer but, aside from the 1 liter bottle being too much, the licorice starts to overpower everything as I keep drinking and it is not something that I could keep drinking as time went on.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 15:43:45 | More by clayrock81
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:43:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-26-2014 21:10:14 | More by andrenaline
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Cheers! We drank a relatively fresh 2012 vintage in the summer of 2013 and I found it much too licorice forward. I have higher hopes for this 2011 in January 2014.

From a 1L capped swing-top bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
IBU: 75
23 Plato

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Clear black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam cap. A slight ring with a few dots of wisp remain but leave no real lacing down the glass. Decent looking, but a little too light in color, much like their Pothole Filler.

SMELL: Light roasted notes, dark chocolate, light molasses and some anise on the nose. Definite licorice, but not the bomb that the 2012 was a while back. This one is actually really well balanced at this point.

TASTE: Light licorice with some roasted grain and sweet molasses up front, then some dark chocolate bitterness and more roasted grain at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste is roasted with bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and molasses, and some definite minty anise flavor. Like this nose, this vintage is quite well balanced at this point and actually quite enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Good feel. Just like Pothole Filler actually.

OVERALL: I liked this way, way more than I thought I would. The fresher 2012 vintage was pretty much a drain pour for me, but I easily finished this whole 1L over the course of an evening. The anise has subsided considerably (or perhaps it was more in tune to begin with), and what we have now is a very nice imperial stout with some hints of licorice in there for good measure. Nowhere near the undrinkable anise bomb I was expecting. If you've got a 2011 and are waiting for a good time, this is the time. Thanks again Rutager!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 13:34:06 | More by Jeffo
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oberon

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:46:18 | More by oberon
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BColton1

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-06-2013 03:09:10 | More by BColton1
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -24.2%

11-25-2013 06:23:03 | More by beertunes
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, somewhat inky, pretty thick. Even at the edges there's not a lot of light getting through - what does shows a dark reddish brown. Head was modest, medium brown.

S: Huge licorice / star anise - it's really nice but a little one dimensional too. Some hops and alcohol prickling as well.

T: The licorice is more balanced on the palate, combined with brown sugar - this is still pretty sweet despite the 75 IBU. Some sweet cherry and plum perhaps too.

M: Syrupy thick, not as thick as say a Dark Lord or anything but beyond the average RIS.

O: I would love to try a barrel aged version of this, I hope Howe Sound does it sometime. It seems to contain the sweetness (and the hops) to go the distance. As it is, it's delicious anyway - especially if you like licorice!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 05:59:32 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for sending this along in a springtime trade, the last bottle standing from that deal, as I begin my bi-annual back-shelf fridge sweep. Big, wide-hipped bottle containing 33.8 ounces of black liquid, with '12 in black marker on the label. Capped, with optional swing-top. I like it.

The pour is black with a surprisingly peppy head curling from the top of the brew. Nose is drowning in several klafters of bad-guy licorice with a side of anise: yizza. Like a molten field of black licorice.

Megadestroyer is singular, as I've never tasted anything in its weight class. Licorice follows the nose down the throat, but it's cut with plenty of hot-tar roast. Anise is a bit stronger than I'd like, & accentuates the oral licorice assault. Slightly sensed leftovers include cocoa, vanilla, with a nice drying bitterness mid-palate. But the end is all about the Red Vines. Very thick. And strangely drinkable, as my sips often turn into glugs, complete with sound effects.

An interesting beer that's hard to judge using conventional methods. Not a beer I need to drink everyday, but a very good one, & a worthy experiment.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:43:26 | More by maximum12
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

09-24-2013 23:39:46 | More by Erik-P
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bernat1971

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-15-2013 07:02:34 | More by bernat1971
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-18-2013 06:28:34 | More by 1stOffender
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:35:54 | More by souvenirs
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mtbeer3649

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-06-2013 08:25:23 | More by mtbeer3649
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Seph

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

05-25-2013 06:55:39 | More by Seph
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours black with half an inch of light brown head that slowly recedes leaving heavy surface layer and lacing.

Heavy aromas of anise.

Flavors are all bittersweet. Heavy on the anise with hints of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet finish with strong but quickly fading aftertaste.

A nice, flavorful beer. I have had other licorice stouts where the licorice is too mild if not altogether unnoticeable. Not very complex, but focuses on it's flavor profile. Excellent when paired with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:16:15 | More by srhoadsy
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-20-2013 04:42:25 | More by Kmat10
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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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