Ghosttown - Brasseurs De Montréal
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Reviews by Lawl3ss:
3.33/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Chilled 341 ml bottle into shaker pint. No visible bottling date.
Look- A vigorous pour leaves me with half a glass of yoohoo-colored head so dense I'd swear it was a milkshake. Clear dark, dark brown; near black. Good retention, very nice lacing.
Smell- As soon as the bottle was open I got a rich waft of milk chocolate and nougat. After the pour I get strong date and licorice. Taking a second look at the bottle reveals the phrase "with the flavour of absinthe, herbs, and roots.", so I guess the licorice makes sense. Man, how'd I miss that one at the store? I didn't realize this was a spiced stout, and while I usually like licorice/anise, it's actually a bit too bold in this case. As it warms, it takes on a more toffee-vanilla aroma, but the black licorice aroma dominates.
Taste- Similar to the aroma, very, very anise-y with a dry herbed coffee undercurrent. A little sweet to start, but overall pretty balanced. Finishes with more licorice and a bit of char. After-aftertaste is of toasted marshmallow.
Mouthfeel- Drier than expected, something of a dusty, grainy feel after the swallow. Otherwise very mellow, medium body, soft carbonation with a bit of prickle on the swallow
Overall- Pretty unique, but I'd like to see a little more stick, a little more cocoa flavor, and a little less licorice. Absolutely worth trying, but I probably wouldn't get it again. This would be a very interesting beer to pair something with.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2012 00:53:52 | More by Lawl3ss
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Dark brown, mostly opaque but with a slight ruby tinge (between a stout and porter in depth) no visible carbonation. The thick 4 finger chocolate milk head leaves a chunky lacing.
S: Coffee, chocolate, licorice, black pipe licorice, slight candy quality, light smokiness like that of pepperoni, cardboard.
T: Dark chocolate, licorice, light meaty smokiness, cigarette butts. Mostly a slightly sweet stout, very little alcohol burn. Notes of cedar. Black licorice comes in again and again.
M: Thick slightly syrupy body, low carbonation.
O: Interesting beer. The licorice and cedar are interesting, and the fact each sip tastes different makes this one really fun. Almost like a new beer every sip, but it repeats in a cycle. Well done! My first from Brasseur Montreal. I see Absinth- herbs and roots written on it, so that must account for the liquorice.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2014 02:26:28 | More by patre_tim
3.63/5 rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brasseur de Montréal ("BdM"), a creation of Marc-André Gauvreau and Denise Mérineau, opened its doors on March 7, 2008 in the historic Montréal neighbourhood of Griffintown, located at 1483, Ottawa Street. BdM makes 7 beers that are offered year-round as well as a number of specialty seasonal beers. All are served in BdM's resto-bar adjacent to the brewing facilities, where customers can watch the beer-making process during their meals.
While Bucky was stocking up on stouts and porters for the winter, he noticed and picked up a bottle of BdM's Le Stout Ghosttown ("Ghosttown"). Ghosttown came in a brown 341 ml bottle with no visible 'best before' or production date, and contained absinth, herbs and roots..should be an interesting experience because I have no idea what absinth tastes like! Ghosttown poured an opaque black with a thin mocha coloured head that quickly faded to a thin collar of foam around the glass, leaving behind some minor spotting. Its aroma was a powerful black liquorice with undertones of dark roasted coffee, and an elusive herbal smell that I can't quite pin down (absinth?). Just like the aroma, the beer's taste was dominated by a strong black liquorice up front, giving way to that elusive herbal taste and a dark roasted coffee, slightly bitter finish. The mild dark coffee bitterness lingers as an aftertaste. I'm not a fan of black liquorice, but this isn't bad at all. Ghosttown has a mild carbonation and is relatively light bodied (for a stout) with a smooth mouth feel. The verdict...an interesting brew to be sure, and even though black liquorice is not a favourite of mine, quite respectable. Ghosttown sells for $2.95 per 341 ml bottle.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 22:49:52 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.55/5 rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
341 ml bottle into tulip. Brewed with Absinthe, herbs and roots. Pours a nice dense creamy brown head, good retention and thick oily black body. Afterwards leaves little lacing. 3.5
S – from a distance you notice this is not an ordinary stout. Funky lively licorice, Sambuca!!, anise, semisweet roasty chocolate, the absinthe character stands out but with an intense herbal profile, bridge mix, a bit weird to be sure but I’m interested to taste it, earthy herbalness which is quite unique to say the least.
T – hmm, you get the same sort of black licorice, sambucca, anise flavours, but the stout notes which were no where on the smell come to compliment a bit. Intense herbal qualities and aggressive anise/absinthe qualities, the feel is a bit creamy which tries to balance this but can’t really cut it. The ending has some coffee notes, if that were spiked coffee. I can’t hate on trying something different, but the beer is pretty overwhelmed here, and for my taste this didn’t work as well as I would’ve liked.
M – moderate body and carbonation, an oily licorice herbal quality. Sticky molasses finish. Far too thick, hung around forever with the boozy spirit absinthe.
A combination of interesting and unpleasant might fit here. I’m not crazy for absinthe or sambuca, or intense licorice for that matter which is super dominant here, but a fan of those would probably like this. I had really difficulty getting into the beer behind those notes, really overwhelmed it for me and I think there are some interesting flavours going on here at least initially. Little bitterness and a thick herbal quality that starts out really balanced and interesting but by the finish it is the only thing there. I managed to finish this but would not buy it again. Still a fairly interesting diversion off the beaten track and if your interested in that sort of experience you could do worse.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 03:31:35 | More by mick303
2.28/5 rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Appearance: Poured as black as night with a finger of head that produced some lace but did not stick around.
Smell: The background of chocolate and coffee stout is overwhelmed by scents of anise, ginger with light toffee notes. It's good but that anise/black licorice smell seems a bit too powerful, and that's not exactly one of my favourite tastes.
Taste: Starts with a very strong molasses taste with coffee notes which then gets overwhelmed by a black licorice and toffee malt taste. If I was a fan of Black licorice, I'd be more inclined the enjoy this...but sadly I am not. However I'm going to give it some leeway on this one because it is clearly supposed to be herbed beer.
Mouthfeel: Unsurprisingly the licorice taste lingers in a bad, clingy way that leaves your mouth a little bit dry. The transistioning isn't bad, the the carbonation falls flat pretty quick too.
Drinkability: The dryness doesn't help things, nor does the clingy aftertaste. It's medium bodied, which is something I guess, but that licorice taste begins to make me a bit queasy near the end. Still, I managed to drink the whole thing and it avoided a drain pour.
Final Thoughts: If you like Black licorice, than this is your beer, if you don't stay far away. Really this beer is a gimmick beer, it was interesting to try, but it's seasonal for a reason.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2013 02:35:45 | More by TheHammer
Ghosttown from Brasseurs De Montréal
71 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.