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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PriorL (2776) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Vintage 2011, odd year version. A: Black ale with cherry hedging and excellent clarity. Single finger of light mocha foam falls to a thin sheet of the same. No lacing. S: ANISE SEED TAKES 90%+ OF THIS AREA. As I really dig deep, I can reach in for some roasted notes, but again, the anise seed is exactly what Iím getting. I expected some of the Belgo yeast to add character here, and maybe it does, but the anise seed is soooo powerful, I canít seem to really enjoy everything this beer could offer. Sometimes, just as I start to smell this, it reminds me of root beer, but then it just becomes overwhelming anise seed without any attempt at balance. T: Soooo, this is like anise seed tea, carbonated. There are some burnt coffee flavors in here. Iím tasting some of the belgian yeast in the finish, but overall the Anise is just too powerful to really enjoy an entire bomber of this beer. It reminds me of Raki, a turkish liquor that is also really strong in the anise seed flavors, and to be sipped over the course of quite some time (this is also quite thin and refreshing and flat). M: Thick and creamy feel with lower carbonation and a dry finish. Really a nice combination and the finish allows for resonance. Too bad the resonating flavors are offensive in intensity. O: This is really disappointing. I think this idea could really be great, but the execution here is a bit monolithic in profile of the flavor. The look and feel are great, but my olfactory and gustatory sensations are offended, this was a drain pour for me. Serving type: bottle 06-26-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) Strong black licorice aroma right off the bat. Malts, wood some dark chocolate, sweet, roast, but mostly dominated by the anisein the overall smells. The look is dark latte colored head, black in color. The taste is better balanced than the smell. Swee

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3743) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2011 bottle. Dark beer with a short lived brown head. Nose with lots of molasses, some wood and a darkness that Iíll attribute to the anise. This is not so much a black jelly bean anise flavor but more of a Good -n- Plenty. There is enough sweetness to balance but the whole thing is very big. Lively on the tongue but heavy on the palate. Interesting experiment...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (2881) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 11.01.2014, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is kind of strange sweet spicy, dak malts, anise, yeast, hand lotion, spices, citrus, mint. Taste is kind of strange sour-ish and sweet, yeast, dark malts, anise, citrus, spices, hints of cardboard. Medium bitterness, thin amost medical harsh mouthfeel. Just weird, not even close to my cup of tea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Really interesting beer. The anise comes out most pronounced in the aroma, but even at that point there is complexity in the chocolate, roasted malts, and woody notes. The Belgian quality is somewhat secondary, except for how the body isnít quite as rich as a great Imperial Stout (I had a Bells Expedition, aged 5 fives, immediately following this, and it was much more vanilla and a bit thicker.) Still, thereís a lot of sophistication to this, which comes out well as it warms. Good stuff. Loved the aroma. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no specific bottling date other than it being a 2011 release. I got the bottle at a Christmas party (thanks to whomever brought it!).

Appearance: Opaque, ink-black body. No visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, brown, soapy/foamy head which laces and retains well enough.

Smell: Huge black licorice notes along with toffee and some chocolate. No roasted malt or alcohol.

Taste: You donít tend to associate Belgian character with American-style imperial stouts. So, itís definitely interesting that Stone choose to experiment with a Belgian yeast strain plus anise on their usual Imperial Russian Stout base recipe. The result is a stout thatís only slightly different than the usual brew, though sweeter and less bitter. Itís possible this palette isnít what it tasted like in 2011, though three years of cellaring doesnít seem to have harmed it at all.

Up front I get a strong, fruity flavor of black cherry and blackberry. This is quickly followed by a strong sweetness of black licorice and a Tootsie Roll-like chocolate flavor. Not much in the way of bitterness, and certainly no hop taste to speak of. There might be some coffee-like bitterness hiding in the background that shows up in the aftertaste, but for the most part thereís not a lot of bitter flavor here. I was actually hoping for a lot of roasted maltiness, but it seems to have faded. As far as the Belgian quality goes, itís difficult to pick up on since the base brew is so strongly-flavored. A hint of alcohol at the end imparts some rum and vanilla flavor, which is nice. Overall, itís a sweet brew thatís tasty and satisfying, but far from amazing.

Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout was its thin, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Thatís probably due to the yeast strain, though it is a nice change of pace from the usual stick-to-your-teeth viscous mouthfeel of most stouts of this nature. Itís no challenge to drink as it goes down smoothly with surprisingly (and somewhat disappointingly) little aftertaste. Almost no alcohol warmth, either, which is surprising considering the beer is quite hefty at 10.5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 23, 2013
FROM NOTES: June 29, í12 Poured from a cellared 2 ounce bomber into a pint glass. A: HOLY ANISE/LICORICE, BATMAN! Maybe some roasted malts, but did I mention anise...? A: Pours black with a finger-width tan head. T: Follows the nose with BIG TIME licorice/Anise Flavor and a hint of malt but gets a bit rough and strong after a second or two. Finished with the subtlety of a punch in the balls and a lingering aftertaste that you will not soon forget. P: Shockingly thin body and feels over-carbonated. O: Their Imperial Russian Stout is other-worldly GREAT, but this is a bit rough, like licking an ashtray and filling your sinus cavity with Anise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Man in the Moon, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Liquorice, aniseed, raisin.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Liquorice, chocolate, aniseed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Aces and ales in 2011 bottle. Black pour with a thin milk chocolate head that settles around the edge of the glass. Nose is strong Oak and Belgian yeast. Not getting a lot of anise, maybe it died off. Taste is sweet chocolate mixed with Belgian yeast and a big backbone of oak in the finish. The anise/licorice is still there a bit, but must have died off since bottling. I really like this. I can understand why people prefer the normal RIS, but this isnít as much of a fluke as others make it out to be.

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