TomTron (427) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 "Odd Year Release". This is the first beer I decided to "age" and it’s been sitting in my beer fridge for right at a year now, so I felt it was a good choice for my 100th review. Pours a coffee black with a tiny brown head. Aromas of licorice, chocolate, coffee grounds, and some dark fruit. Tastes incredible, and seems to have mellowed out a bit over the past year compared to the regular Stone IRS I had bought at the same time. Oak comes through a tiny bit and it has a big time alcohol warmth. Very sticky on the tongue as well. This beer has some serious attitude. I’m going to assume that the lower ratings this beer has been getting are due to it being too young. Overall this is a solid imperial stout, only beef with it is the Belgian yeast doesn’t really shine. SLAINTE!
GarrettB (1236) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here too, the date of my notes are unknown and unrecorded. But the color of the brew deeply impressed me, summoning Japanese vocabulary like "makkuro" - deep, deep black and abysmal. And the smell is a bouquet of black licorice, sweet vermouth, sweet raisins and tempura sauce - a frenzied blend of deep, roasted Japanese flavors and English candies. While cold, this brew supplies a mild carbonation and a timid flavor, like a bold Pepsi, but as it warms the flavor quickly begins to explode with flavor, especially on the back end. The front gets more of that tempura-laden umami, but the anise remains strong and on point. Whatever the temperature, the booziness never quits, and yet the sharp alcoholic nature of this brew plays well with the other flavors. This is a heavyweight, swinging it’s limbs without a care for the damage it cause, but the taste is fine, and well worth the exploratory pour at Stone.
Tinco (586) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle from own cellar. Pours a nice black thick liquid with brown head. Aroma is rich ofmliqourice, chocolate, dark fruits and roasted notes. Slightly sour with lemon and ashy notes. Liquorice and chocolate. Nah, a bit too aour for me but still a solid stout with rich mouthfeel. Cheers!
rdixon77 (1591) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating, dark black pour, khaki foam. Rich chocolate and roasty malts dominate, but licoricy anise and Belgian spices are definitely present. Sweet and spicy and boozy. Big beer, but fun.
TEJA (1742) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lasting brown head. Very blackcolor. Black liqurish aroma. Sweet liqurish taste with a bit salt and a huge body. Clinging bitternes with some sweetness.
Joakgust (1141) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, herbs, vanilla, molasses and coffee. Flavor is malty with notes of chocolate, molasses, caramel, herbs, coffee and sour spices.
ansalon (2034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a fairly large foamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, liqourice, vanilla, spices and brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, liqourice, spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep black color with a thin khaki head. The anise overpowers the aroma, and the oak sneaks in with hints of cocoa and roasted malt in the back. Taste begins with roasted malts and black coffee, underlined with a bittersweet dark chocolate and a touch of dark fruits. This is followed by a big kick of anise through to the finish. Some of the oak appears midway. Medium to full body with a soft, medium to low carbonation.
Roger60 (120) - - JAN 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
SB Växjö, flaska 2011 tror jag. Ligger i frysen för att skakas om lite :-). Framme nu. Troligen död men vi får se...Har en bunt Carnegie som ligger till sig... Fantastiskt skum mörkt och hotande. Choklad russin svagt av koriander. Bygger nog bakfylla fint. Citrus och anis (suprise). Fyller munnen med smak och nosen med arom. Skulle sparat ett år till.
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[6549-20140723] Bottle. Crumbly cheesy grains and toasted marshmallow brûlée flavour. Black body with a quick foamy light tan head. Light anise-infused coffee hinted grains flavour. Full body. Interesting but the Belgo makes it strange-o. (7/3/7-/3/13) 3.3
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Theydon_Bois (12869) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Stone Liberty Station, 13/11/14.
Black with a decent tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is rich roast, aniseed well evident, spice, chocolate, toffee.
Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, spice, aniseed, light yeast notes, dark malts, chocolate.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close tempered with sweet and sour notes.
Decent enough impy but a fair way from top draw.