Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout – Howe Sound Brewing (Aged 1 Year)

Seasonal Alert

From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout” a Fall Seasonal beer that was aged for one full year in my Cellar.  Big malty beers are great to age and see how they change and transform.  The Megadestroyer poured a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, anise, molasses but all of the aromas are mild.  The flavours have all mellowed out quite a bit to but consist of hops bitterness, roasted malts, molasses, anise, licorice.  There is no alcohol flavour present but there is a bit of warmth still remaining.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% and the IBU is rated at 75.  This is still a good beer but I was quite sad that the malt flavours and licorice had died off so much.  I would recommend drinking this withing the first 6 months to ensure that it still is a Megadestroyer not a minordestroyer.  Megadestroyer is one of my all time favourite stouts because of the licorice and this bottle has changed dramatically.

Commercial Description:  As the name suggests, is not for the faint-hearted. This beer is a strong, hearty stout brewed in a very limited quantity a few times a year.  It is brewed with seven different barley malts, blackstrap molasses, hops, water, yeast, licorice root and star anise. It has an intense depth of roast earthy flavour, with a pleasant licorice aroma.

Food pairing as per brewery:  This big, robust licorice beer goes well with chocolate desserts, oysters and red meats.

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