Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice StoutMegadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,960
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,908
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 13.1%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
153
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Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  24
Gots
  28
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviews by TheBierdimpfe:
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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 oberon
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGoyan
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of opieo
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jmasher85
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let's see: a beer called "Megadestroyer" that is an imperial liquorice Stout...it delivers exactly as expected. I'd call it damn near the most accurate and fulfilling beers I've tasted in terms of delivering on its promise. And of course, I drank the whole swingtop behemoth in one sitting.

Strong as hell at 10%, and it's a 10% you really feel, it smells overwhelmingly like licorice. Yeah, there's some of the usual roast and coffee and cocoa smell too, but seriously, licorice. And the taste of this foamy, jet black cowboy matches. Boozy, though not too much burn. Chocolate comes out a bit stronger, but don't you worry, still plenty of anise in there. Like I said, this bad mother delivers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.26/5  rDev -43.1%
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 likeablepaper
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robroc
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 AaronLamb
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisHBC
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite beer right now. I typically don't like higher alcohol beers, but this one just seems to go down so smooth, without that slightly harsh alcohol kick some others have. The licorice smell is stronger than the taste, though it is still the dominant factor, but it also seems to smooth everything out too...I you like black licorice you have to try it.

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Photo of HKFrostyLips
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Licorice nose and flavor is licorice, some malt, smooth. Good - not a wussy beer. The high ABV is hidden. $10.49 for a 1L flip-top bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
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 sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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 IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 1 L brown bottle. Pours out a dense opaque black hue, impermeable to light. Tall dense spongy beige head that retains well and eventually settles to a thick cap.

Intense molasses and sweet black licorice on the nose, along with sweet dark malt and notes of chocolate and coffee.

More intense sweetness in the flavour, almost cloying. Yeah, sweet black licorice dominates (seems more like anise to me though, perhaps some sarsaparilla root as well), with dark malt, mild chocolate, and molasses, with some dry cocoa and coffee rounding out the finish. Astringent dark malt and alcohol appear in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, velvety and slick texture, also dry and astringent on finish, with moderate carbonation.

A real heavy hitter, and it delivers with everything mentioned on the label (hell, in the name alone!). 1 L is a bit much for anyone to tackle on their own, a friend or two to help out is well advised, or the remainder would make one hell of an expensive but kick ass marinade for ribs. Worth seeking out, however only if you enjoy licorice, as that most certainly is the powerhouse in this stout, hands down. That aside, certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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 ericj551
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDTyre
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of BColton1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Derek
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 153 ratings