ansalon (2733) - 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 (2152) - Lewes, 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 (170) - - 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 (8321) - 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 (16227) - 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.
radiomgb (2686) - 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 (5928) - 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 (9400) - 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 (3125) - 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 (666) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, 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.