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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 120
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 22
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-08-2011

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 120
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extreme black, tan head. Small, creamy bubbles linger on the glass.

Smell: Huge roastiness. Some chocolate and coffee but definitely a lot of licorice. Very little hop aroma, given its 75 IBUs.

Taste: Has a distinct flavour of salted black licorice, but without the saltiness. It's dark malt flavours are sweet and identifiable while the adjunct licorice is at the forefront.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and light on the palate, given the hefty nature of this beer. Lots of malty sweetness and some decent bitterness that comes through after the sweetness subsides.

Overall: Great imperial stout by Howe Sound. Added bonus of coming in a 1L swing-top bottle...Great for sharing, or for saving to drink over a couple (few?) nights.

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Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason

Jet black with some dark brown spots, thick tan head, and nice lacing along the glass. Smell is full of liquorice and anise but not so much that it dominates, still a good amount of roast and chocolate here as well as coffee, black liquorice towards the end again that leaves a bit of a fruity scent. Taste is roasty with tons of liquorice but again never seems to dominate due to the fact that there are giant roast and dark chocolate flavours here and to a lesser extent coffee, finishes bitter sweet with a liquorice aftertaste. Light carbonation, sticky medium body, almost felt like cough syrup consistency at times as well. I liked this much more than I had expected since I am not the biggest fan of black liquorice or anise flavours, rather enjoyable and something I would probably pick up my own bottle of, the second best liquorice beer I have had behind Labyrinth.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, opaque, black pour. Two finger tan head. Lacing is decent.

Black coffee, dark chocolate and a huge amount of licorice. It's really potent.

Dark chocolate, coffee and copious amounts of black licorice. It's fairly one dimensional in the sense that the licorice dominates everything else.

Full bodied, low carbonation and sticky on the lips.

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Photo of kjyost
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 L swing top bottle shared at a recent bottle share. Poured ~6C into a 5 oz sampling glass. From notes.

Pours as thick and opaque as oil with a tan head that drops and laces lightly. Tons of liquorice on the nose though not much else as it blocks everything else out. The body is much the same. Roasted notes in the finish with perhaps a hint of mint? A really odd finish and flavour to this beer. Definitely fennel seed flavours here causing a vegetal finish. I know it is advertised as such, but why so much liquorice?

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Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swinging pop top poured into tulip 16/3/12

A near black with just some red highlights at the edges, large light brown head has great retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving lots of unorganized lace all over

S licorice pops out pretty strong but not the final product but the root itself, reminds me of the licorice root I'd buy in the candy store in Banff as a kid, there's a little molasses and coco and a fair bit of fennel, cola and root beer

T mimics the smell pretty well, a little more earthy root notes, do they use licorice root in root beer? I'm getting more root beer notes then I would expect, reminds me a little of absinthe with the anise but without the booze, that reminds me there's no booze detected with this one

M not overly heavy for a beer this dark but decent carbonation helps its cause, still no booze and a lingering aftertaste is of nutty char

O very smooth stuff all around, looks great smells and tastes great, not much to complain about... unless of course you don't like licorice if that's the case avoid like the plague

Imperial licorice stout is quite accurate in this case, a great heavy hitter that could convince you its a lightweight if you ignored the warning signs, mellow stuff well worth looking for, cheers chickenm for sending me this bad boy

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Photo of BashOnABike
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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,

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Photo of LampertLand
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Howe Sound "Megadestroyer" Imperial Stout @ 10%
A-served cold into a chalice poured jet black with light tan head
S-black licorice aroma star anise , molasses , hint's of coffee
T-bold taste of anise and molasses over roasted coffee , smooth nothing bitter here
MF-full bodied at 10% , but the alcohol blended with dark malts leaves the palate slighty dry , have another sip
Ov-a true winter beer , enjoy

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/2" mocha head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Heavy scent of black licorice and some yeast.

T: Huge amount of black licorice and some yeast up front which transitions to toasted malt, coffee and some alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: An easy drinking Imperial Stout whose drinkability is dependent upon how much the taster likes black licorice.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a year for RIS in BC what with Singularity from Driftwood and now this. Essentially the Pothole Filler RIS combined with licorice this is a totally unique beer that has tons of depth and an incredible smoothness from the licorice. You have to love licorice to like this beer but it tastes like the best black licorice combined with the already complex chocolate and roasted malts from the stout. One glass is just right as the big flavours and high ABV make the big bottle either a multi night drink or one to share

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Photo of Derek
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lace.

S: LICORICE! Black strap molasses, more licorice, hints of underlying dark caramel, roasted nut & coffee. When I smelt it, I thought it'd be a little one dimensional (licorice).

T: Yes the licorice comes through, but there's a plethora of other flavours: black strap molasses, burnt caramel, roasted nut, espresso, biscuity malt, rye bread, very nice spicing (the hops aren't identifiable, but I'd guess there's some Willamette). There's a slight vinous quality (figs, dark caramelized raisins, dates), but the alcohol is really hidden under all the flavour. The bitterness is not at all harsh, and the crisp finish is surprising for a brew of this strength (and body). Exceptionally well-crafted.

M: Full body is smooth with a light roasted acidty, slight drying finish.

D: A surprisingly good drinker.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An awesome combination. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee and nice anise and sweet licorice explode in the bouquet and taste of this brew.

Predominantly licorice root in the nose with a bit of milk chocolate and some green anise. Chocolate and licorice root mingle in the taste with hints of molasses, anise and even grape juice in the taste. Almost a root-beery taste. Very enjoyable. Low, but ever-preseny boozy warmth

Smooth as it warms, but too carbonated when cold. As tasty as this is, I think at 10% in a 1L bottle this is something to share. Indescribable taste - if you like anise and licorice root and beer this is a must. Get it before it is gone.

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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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