Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice StoutMegadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BDTyre on 01-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.53%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
26
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of AaronLamb
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of opieo
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black, thick, no carbonation from my bottle. Licorice was heavy. Burnt grains. Don't think i could drink this often. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle. Appearance: Somewhat thin body for an imperial stout, heavy dark colored brown to black body with a tan head rising maybe half a finger's length. Drops quick to nada after two sips or so with sticky lacing. It's missing a bit of body which I looking for or I would've scored a bit higher.

Smell: Seriously smalls like dessert, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste: Sweet sugar and licorice, complex bitterness which definitely adds quite a unique flavor to imperial stouts.

Mouth: Sticky brew after it warms up, thin body with medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall: great pickup, gave me more than what I asked for. Drink with lust my friends. Salud!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy brown/pinkish 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with okay legs, and not much swirl reconstruction. Flavors of walnuts, dark roasted grains, plums, molasses, prunes, raisins, chocolate, coffee, herbal spices. Heavily sweet with a coarse bitter dark feel. Smooth and oily medium to full body with a light crisp. Strong finish, thick malty roasted feel, some mocha, soft oak, dense ester fruits. Close to a barley wine. Nice intensity, not too excessive. Quite bitter but not overly spicy. Although the smell is way too faint. A little dry and vinous, very rich and highly warming. Decent appetizer. Highly acidic and yeasty, as it warms you get a slight putrid puke like feel that I can't enjoy. Still the flavors are pretty solid and tasty, while the body is pleasant. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a massive, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A fair aroma of malt, licorice, dark fruit, molasses, and a little bit of chocolate.

T: Tasted of a good shot of the advertised licorice, some light malt notes, a bit of dark fruit (plums and raisins, in particular), a hint of molasses, and very definite boozy quality. This is an interesting flavor, but it's certainly flawed. Its booziness is a little overpowering, but the other elements are not bad.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has its flaws, it's nonetheless drinkable. A big, interesting beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.26/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow, did I not like this beer. So much licorice and bitterness.

Pours black. Standard SRM, 1/2 tan head. Aroma was licorice, roast and alcohol.

Taste, eee gad, this is brutal. Heavy licorice, heavy bitterness, heavy alcohol. Dark fruit and licorice notes. Fuck. So much licorice, totally not my thing. Licorice lovers only! It dominates everything else in the beer. The bottle was huge.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the liter bottle, it pours infinitely dark with a brown head, slowly diminishing to a thin ring and layer. The nose detects the licorice and roasted malt. The mouth is assaulted by the licorice taste - as advertised. Wow!

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robroc
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of imperial stouts say on the bottle label that there are notes of licorice, but this is the first beer I've seen that has the word licorice in its name. This beer tastes like black licorice, much more so than any other beer I've had. I'm one of those odd people who like the taste of black licorice, so I enjoyed this, and would buy it again. I wouldn't buy more than one bottle a year, because there are better stouts out there, and this is sort of a novelty beer. But if you like black licorice you should seek this one out to try.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Howe Sound 'Megadestroyer Imperial Stout' @ 10% , served from a 1litre pot-stopper purchased for $10
A-pour is almost black from the bottle to glass with light tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the snifter
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
prost LampertLand

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Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankthat
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle with a flip top ceramic top.
Pours thick and dark with a good head.

Aroma -back licorice and fainter black bread

Flavor - dominated by black licorice but with the stout showing as well. The licorice prominent but is not as strong as in, say, black jelly beans. Lightly sweet at an appropriate level.

Overall: easily recomended for fans of licorice and stouts.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting combo, the licorice is much more pronounced than I would have thought, taste more so than aroma. Pours out like black motor oil, nice fluffy beige head, slick body. Aroma is combo of chocolate licorice and burnt toast. Taste is more robust, tons of anise/licorice. A bit sweet, and lots of lingering burn.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremy7
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nose is lovely. You know you are going to get li price and anise in this one. This is not going to leave you wondering what those flavours are. Whammo - they punch you in the face.

To that end - a little subtlety wouldn't hurt. This beer is a bit much. Though, sharing a big bottle with a couple friends was enjoyable - and enough.

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Photo of dar482
2.67/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma hits of licorice, anise and roots for days with peppermint. A bit of toothpaste.

The flavor follows with tons of licorice, anise, Jägermeister, Unicum. This spice flavor dominates a relatively thin 10% stout. One of the worst stouts I've had this year.

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Photo of likeablepaper
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. I picked this up on a whim while out on Cape Cod. Bought on the marketing name and bottle. I honestly missed the licorice stout text on the bottle and am a little worried as I dont really like black licorice too much, but Im willing to push forward on this beer.
The beer pours jet black into my glass and gives me a creamy tightly packed head of 3cm that never really fades beyond the last 1 cm of foam. There is dense lattice on the glass even before I sip the beer.
Aroma is molasses and some brown sugar, a bit of roasted almost burnt malt. Of course there is a solid hit of anice on the nose as expected, but it is blended with the other scents too, so not one dimensional.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with tingly carbonation that prickles across my palate on each sip. Adds a lot of feel on each sip and gives the beer some good character.
Flavor is very rich and malty with molasses, roasted malt and some dark chocolate. I also get brown sugar and of course a bit of anice. I am surprised that the 10% doesnt show up more in terms of black pepper or heat on the swallow. The beer is drinkable and enjoyable with little hop profile showing up. It is a little sweet but certainly not cloying.
Im glad I bought this and wasnt put off by the anice which was much stronger on the nose than on the flavor. Nice Impy Stout.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this at my local BC Liquor Store as part of a trio pack (this, Pothole Filler and Wee Beastie) that came with a free tuque.

Look: As dark and obscured as can get with two fingers of dark tan head. Medium retention. Leaves a dense and complex lacing on the glass.

Smell: Anis, faint coffee and cocoa. Sweet.

Taste: Anis, more coffee and cocoa. Good hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very complex and well balanced.

Feel: Medium to thick bodied. Light carbonation. A little boosy.

Overall: This beer is all about balance. It is loaded with a lot of stuff and seems like the Alibi Room and Ken Diamond have found just the right proportions. Seriously recommended for "real stoutheads" and those who like black licorice. This beer is not for everyone but if you like it, it just gets better with every sip.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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