radiomgb (2504) - 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 (5543) - 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 (7100) - 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 (3118) - 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 (535) - 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 (8485) - 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 (3952) - 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 (3263) - 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 (3711) - 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 (6916) - Hässelby, 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 it’s very well balanced despite the alcohol level and the spicy Belgian yeast character. Very nice.