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Ghosttown - Brasseurs De Montréal

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70
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 29.35%


Brewed by:
Brasseurs De Montréal visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jneiswender on 06-08-2009)
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mick303

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3.55/5  rDev +21.2%
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
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12-02-2013 05:52:41 | More by KrisDLSmith
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TheHammer

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2.28/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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11-21-2013 02:35:45 | More by TheHammer
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

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2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

341ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - black, very opaque, about a finger and half of head.
S - booze, chocolate, black licorice.
T - licorice dominates. Whoa. Start to finish. Not much in the way of cocoa or coffee or anything like that.
M - smooth, not too heavy considering the high abv. More like a porter.
O - I hate licorice. Maybe if it was mild in the beer I could handle it, but this is just liquid licorice man. Don't know if I can even finish the entire beer. Looks nice, but that's as far as it goes.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:43:38 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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DaPan

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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
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
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a large red wine glass.

A: Extremely dark, tarry brown, dark caramel head that quickly dissipates into a whispy, soapy lacing on top

S: Definitely as others review, first smell is of anise/licorice, followed by more subtle herbal undertones.

T: Right off the bat you get some of the herb/absinth type of flavours, which quickly morph into a light roast coffee with a woodsy/chicory taste...this is followed down again by the anise flavour

M: Very light and fresh for a stout, fairly well balanced, not super high carbonation but I agree with previous poster that you get this very prickly carbonation on your tongue like some Lambics.

Overall: Very interesting stout. Can't really compare to a traditional stout, as I think it fits better into the stated Herb/Spiced beer category with a stout base, so I won't grade it compared to other stouts. As a herbed beer it is very unique, some interesting mixing of flavours which blend nicely with the stout/coffee base, without crossing the borderline of being too medicine/buckly's tasting. I agree with some other reviewers that if they improved the stout base to this beer, and toned down a bit of the licorice, this could be a really unique stout. But, between the strange fizzy carbonation, and mix of herbs/licorice and coffee, you might even want to share this beer with someone as you might not feel like drinking a lot of it, even as light as it feels. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one, but if you see it, want to try a very unique beer, then go ahead... it's not bad, and may even be good for your health!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:47:10 | More by 4ster
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Ghosttown from Brasseurs De Montréal
70 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.