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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
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
138
Avg:
4
pDev:
22.75%
 
 
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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -43.5%
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 +0.5%
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 robroc
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.8%
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 chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -7.3%
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 Mlkluther
3.68/5  rDev -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 -33.3%
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 sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +7.3%
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 ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, almost black color with copious tan head that resolves quickly. Smells strongly of anise/black licorice, roasted malts, coffee. Leather. Tastes sweet malty forward, pleasant but not overpowering black licorice flavor, cocoa (semi-sweet), caramel and brown sugar provide a nice sweetness to the profile, coffee and just a hint of piney hops on the back end with a pleasant if a bit cloying finish. A rather sweet stout – mouth feel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to prevent it from being syrupy.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I was hesitant (I don’t particularly care for black licorice) – and honestly had not seen that when I picked it up at the store. But I was pleasantly surprised, though the anise smell is strong, the taste is well balanced, pleasant, and the licorice component/anise is well complemented by the other flavor profiles.

Great beer. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again. I wish it came in a small bottle (perhaps a 4 pack) because that 10% abv will sneak up on you!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and black licorice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, and black licorice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the black licorice characteristics come though much better in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black. The nose had definite licorice and anise, with a molasses sweetness on the edge. Licorice comes forward on the taste followed by the molasses and malt. There is a definite hoppy bitterness but not as much as the advertised 78 IBU may suggest. I enjoyed this beverage but can see someone who doesn't like licorice may not appreciate this much.

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Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a jet brown-black color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a snifter.

The aroma wafts outward before I place my nose near the glass: very strong black licorice and anise.

The alcohol is strong on the back of my tongue. I possibly get a bit of hop bitterness from the mouth feel.

Taste: Deep, rich, licorice and anise. I drank this beer slowly, and put it back in the refrigerator for 5 minutes a few times. After a while I could taste the roasted malt character of this beer.

I switched to a Imperial pint glass for comparison: the snifter brings out the aroma, licorice -anise taste, and roasted malt more intensely. In a imperial pint glass, which is shown on the brewer's page, the beer is lighter bodied , with more of a malty mouth feel,
and pours a bigger head.

Drink this beer slowly in a snifter. It has a Grolsch bottle cap, so putting it back in the fridge will preserve the aromatics.

The beer well goes with a meal: I ate a spicy chicken dish which greatly enhanced its flavor.


This is my first Howe Sound Inn& Brewing company beer. They finally are being distributed in my area. I am looking forward to tasting more of their beers.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you don't enjoy black licorice, AVOID AT ALL COSTS. If you like black licorice, GET THIS. All other stouts that encorporate anise, I have a hard time picking it up besides the subtle anise notes that are apparent in many other stouts by nature. This beer is full-on chocolate covered black licorice and I love it. The bottle, however, is a bit intimidating. A one liter behemoth of a swing-top bottle. Danger.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev 0%

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 BaalDagon
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well... couldn't help but to pop the top on this behemoth of a bottle of pure pleasure! WARNING: If you don't like black licorice, STAY AWAY! As the label clearly states... its a Licorice stout! To start with, I am at complete room temp as I was advised. One might also start this brew off in the sink when popping the top... I got a little overflow as the carbonation proceeded to equalize the pressure. What came out can only be described as "black gold!" First up; the ultra sweet flavors of an uber roasted malt rocked my taste buds as hints of molasses and brown sugar rounded out my sheer pleasure up to this point. Next, following closely to the malted flavors an aromas is the wonderful smoothness of a well blended coffee! Mind you... a dark roast, but so incredibly butted to the malt that I almost missed it. However, once my taste buds grabbed a hold of the subtle current... every sip after seemed to pull it out even more! Thirdly, and living up to its name... ANISE! LOTS AND LOTS OF ANISE! Lastly, is a slight hoppy bitterness that tones the sweetness of the malt and sugars to PERFECTION! What rocks the most is that the longer it sits in your glass... the smoother it becomes! My next WARNING is that it IS a high grav brew @ 10% ABV, so be careful... IT HAS A KICK! Don't let that scare ya off though as Howe Sound Brewery has done a wonderful job in masking the alcohol in the wonderfully rich and vibrant flavors and aromas that the "Megadestroyer Double American Imperial Licorice Stout" provides

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Photo of seand
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark black with a fair amount of tan head. A solid layer retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Sweet strong and nutty, with heavy notes of anise.

T: Again, sweet and strong, and the anise comes in at the middle through the finish. Nicely put together overall.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid stout in a great bottle. Save some for later, because it will hit you hard!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with two finger head and minimal lace with an aroma that is sweet and boozy although I must say it is mostly anise/licorice but I do get some touches of molasses and a bit of roasted/charred malts as well. Beer is thick, chewey, bready, has good balance for a while between the dry, roasted malts (bordering on burnt) and licorice and touches of dark chocolate with a slightly boozy finish. This is a good beer but, aside from the 1 liter bottle being too much, the licorice starts to overpower everything as I keep drinking and it is not something that I could keep drinking as time went on.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Jeffo
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Cheers! We drank a relatively fresh 2012 vintage in the summer of 2013 and I found it much too licorice forward. I have higher hopes for this 2011 in January 2014.

From a 1L capped swing-top bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
IBU: 75
23 Plato

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Clear black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam cap. A slight ring with a few dots of wisp remain but leave no real lacing down the glass. Decent looking, but a little too light in color, much like their Pothole Filler.

SMELL: Light roasted notes, dark chocolate, light molasses and some anise on the nose. Definite licorice, but not the bomb that the 2012 was a while back. This one is actually really well balanced at this point.

TASTE: Light licorice with some roasted grain and sweet molasses up front, then some dark chocolate bitterness and more roasted grain at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste is roasted with bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and molasses, and some definite minty anise flavor. Like this nose, this vintage is quite well balanced at this point and actually quite enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Good feel. Just like Pothole Filler actually.

OVERALL: I liked this way, way more than I thought I would. The fresher 2012 vintage was pretty much a drain pour for me, but I easily finished this whole 1L over the course of an evening. The anise has subsided considerably (or perhaps it was more in tune to begin with), and what we have now is a very nice imperial stout with some hints of licorice in there for good measure. Nowhere near the undrinkable anise bomb I was expecting. If you've got a 2011 and are waiting for a good time, this is the time. Thanks again Rutager!

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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 JasonLovesBeer
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, somewhat inky, pretty thick. Even at the edges there's not a lot of light getting through - what does shows a dark reddish brown. Head was modest, medium brown.

S: Huge licorice / star anise - it's really nice but a little one dimensional too. Some hops and alcohol prickling as well.

T: The licorice is more balanced on the palate, combined with brown sugar - this is still pretty sweet despite the 75 IBU. Some sweet cherry and plum perhaps too.

M: Syrupy thick, not as thick as say a Dark Lord or anything but beyond the average RIS.

O: I would love to try a barrel aged version of this, I hope Howe Sound does it sometime. It seems to contain the sweetness (and the hops) to go the distance. As it is, it's delicious anyway - especially if you like licorice!

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