Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 isn’t 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, there’s a lot of sophistication to this, which comes out well as it warms. Good stuff. Loved the aroma. Bottle.
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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
harrymel (1539) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
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 I’m getting. I expected some of the Belgo yeast to add character here, and maybe it does, but the anise seed is soooo powerful, I can’t 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. I’m 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
AndySnow (4513) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Dark beer with a short lived brown head. Nose with lots of molasses, some wood and a darkness that I’ll 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...
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone".
Only found back scores, not ratings.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
FROM NOTES: June 29, ’12
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.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 isn’t as much of a fluke as others make it out to be.
kaser (3662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like anus. Poured from draft at the avenue pub in New Orleans. Sweet and plum flavor. Not sure how to describe this but not a fan. The wife likes it. Hmmmm
stefannilssons (1512) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Det här var gott, riktigt gott dock komplext och därmed förbaskat svår att precisera. Dock var jag berusad vid intagandet så det här bör tas med en nypa salt.