Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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142 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BDTyre on 01-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.53%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
26
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Tmappin
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yasky
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of takusan1000
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ItsYourBoyBlue
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmasher85
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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%
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 GRG1313
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KShophead
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheGoyan
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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 DrBier
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of artemh
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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 imfinished
2.15/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Too intense for my taste.

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Photo of brother_kenneth
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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