TomTron (395) - 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!
mabel (6865) - 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
(w/ DuctTape, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.
radiomgb (2392) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in colour with a thin but lingering beige head, light lacing.
Aroma is of coffee, liquorice, roasted malt, light sweetness.
Flavour is heavy on the liquorice, roasty, creamy and quite sweet, light coffee, some bitterness and some alcohol.
Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation.
Finishes long, bitter, warming with lots of liquorice.
It’s good. I like the direction that the anise takes this beer. Gives it a nice big body.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a nice frothy brown head. Smells like coffee, caramel, and licorice. Taste is heavy on the coffee, dark chocolate and caramel, with the anise being kind of a subtle background player. Light fuit flavors as it warms. 2010 vintage, drank on 10/17/2014
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"i am surprised to like this as much as i do (based on two shared bottles). haven’t had it head to head with the classic yet (which is one of my all time faves) but this is deeelicious. aroma is the strong point. the licorice like anaise, chocolate and roasted malt is great. subtle oak also comes through in the feel and flavor. i for one am glad they did two versions of this and OG. neither was better than the original imo, but both were very very good!"
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Bottle: Funny story, I actually thought this was the regular Stone IRS when I bought the bottle (wasn’t paying much attention clearly) only to get home & realize it was the anise version. I do not enjoy anise in this capacity. Not at all. Jet black pour, small amount of sediment with a thick, deep-tan & leathery foam on top; nice retention. Nose is all roasted malt, anise, & licorice. Tastes like biting into a goddamn Star anise pod. Black licorice, anise, mint, medicinal front to back with a mild dark fruitiness of figs, raisins. But mostly anise. VERY sweet, quite cloying. Overdone, not to mention I hate the flavor to begin with. Creamy body, thick. But really hard for me to enjoy this one. Just not my thing, at all.
hopwine (392) - Bend, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cherry and pomegranate acidity, anise accents, spicy Belgian yeast, roast, mild vanilla, moderately bitter chocolate. Moderate tannins, lighter mouthfeel for abv and style.
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014-07-23. Black body with a nice modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is richly anise, over a dark malty core. 7++ Flavour has rich dark malt core, good amount of anise character throughout. Fairly bitter, bitterness lingers. Moderate Belgian yeast undertones. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3++ Nice but the anise is a bit strong even for me, and I quite like anise. Bottle via Bartowel trade with dmitsI>
VastActiv (3084) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 30122011. Colour is black with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, anise, sweetness, coffee and roasted malts.
Habanero (2756) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with an average brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, anise, coffee, wood, licorice and roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Impy.