slowrunner77 (6576) - 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). havenít 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 (2944) - 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 (wasnít 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 (485) - 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.
jercraigs (8289) - 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 (3494) - 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 (3015) - 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.
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, soy, dry dog food and a hint of anise. Flavour anise, liquorice, malts and roasted malts. Quite full body. Finish anise, liquorice, roasted malts, hint of coffee.
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Shared by Jeff, thanks!)
Svesse (6735) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, creamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, anise, black rye bread, dried fruit, soy sauce and spices (ginger?). Malty, roasted taste with anise, liquorice, chocolate, black rye bread, prunes, raisins, cacao and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a smooth and rounded mouthfeel. A certain sweetness coming through. Lots of anise and liquorice character, but itís very well balanced despite the alcohol level and the spicy Belgian yeast character. Very nice.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged 3 years (2011 vintage): I really wanted to age this longer, but itís more important that I make room in my cellar. So, with a heavy but happy heart, I am now privileging myself to this heavy but happy ale. Its brown head is still full, but bubbly, and relinquishes itself after a minute or two upon the deep, black-colored surface. The nose is still strong and potent with notes of alcohol and roasted malts, but with a strikingly unique blend of Belgian yeast and anise. Two flavors that are distinct enough on their own to dominate a beer have actually blended very well over three years to create a soft, but sharp, character that is no longer subject to my complaints of either.
Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
Overall, the aroma is soft and sweet, with a touch of alcohol, roasted malts and chocolate forming the base. Itís wildly different once you take a drink, and although itís so strongly flavored at first it really rolls over the tongue in such an almost velvety way that you can forgive what feels like a hoard of Belgian yeast spores dragging bitter chocolate and anise-laden roasted malts across a charred, almost smoky tongue. Itís full, yet light in an almost fruity way, reminding me of a sweet, but full-bodied wine. The Belgian yeast seems to be walking an extremely straight line here, and has yet to tip into any uncomfortable territory. It really is a nice blend of not only the yeast and anise flavors, but also the yeast and roasted malt flavors. Itís bright for such a dark beer, and actually tastes like it could easily age for another few years.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 11-20-2011. When poured, this bottled beer has a medium sized fizzy tan head with a short retention, opaque body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, roasted, chocolate, sweet, and anise. The flavor is sweet, pine hops, malt, roasted, anise, alcohol, and anise. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium-full bodied. This is a sipping beer, some alcohol comes out in the flavor and a beer worth trying.