caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours near-black with a small brown head. Nose is deeply roasty with lots of coffee beans, chocolate, roasted barley, and some hops. Flavor jumps nose-deep into hops, and, dare I say, has a pepperoni-like flavor dominating the palate from front to back. The roasty components are not as outspoken once youíve had a gulp or two. This is one of the lesser offers Iíve had from Stone.
zizzybalubba (1525) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a bubbly khaki head. Licorice dominates the nose with hints of coffee, chocolate, and smoke underneath. At first I taste lots of bitter chocolate but very quickly the licorice comes through. It is a bit overpowering in my opinion. While not bad, I canít say I would try this one again.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a black licorice flavor and finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a dark jet black color with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head hangs around for quite a while leaving behind some thick lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts and potent anise. There is also some oak and Belgian yeast in the background as well.
T - Starts off with a mix of anise and roasted chocolate malts. The anise is pretty potent. Through the middle, a mix of some oak and vanilla as well as a bit of the Belgian yeast flavor. The finish is a mix of all of the mentioned flavors with the addition of a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy. The oak and the booze in the finish warm the mouth alongside anise flavor lingering.
D - Pretty drinkable. The balance is not quite perfect here. The anise feels a bit too strong and the oak a bit too weak, and the Belgian yeast does not seem to make all that much of a difference.
mikesaum (598) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark black with nice tan head, aroma is slight coffee and tons of anise, taste is about the same, smalls hints of chocolate and coffee and huge hits of anise, not noticing the oak much or the belgian yeast, still a great beer, the anise may have been too strong though and covered up too much of the other parts of this brew, aging one so lets see how it matures.
thornecb (4592) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Anise, chocolate and oak aromas. Medium bodied liquid choco good ní plenty from front to back. Lasting bitter espresso anise finish.
SSSteve (3862) - - JUN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with a very small head. milk chocolate aroma with a definite anise scent and some graham cracker. unique flavor with graham, chocolate and anise. reminds me of a christmas cookie. i canít control myself around anise(and basil), so this beer is no exception. awesome. i didnít notice much oak though.
Rustyham (1748) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at a tasting with IlliniSmitty. This was not nearly as hefty or full-bodies as the original Russian Imp. Stout from Stone, but it was a nice, roasty sipper. More along the lines of a black IPA, maybe even a baltic porter. Light, crisp, roasty, and the anise flavor was very nice- not overpowering but definitely noticeable.
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours an opaque inky black with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted slightly ashy malt, and a little spice. Itís more subdued than expected.
The flavor is roasted chocolate with some black licorice and a bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, I donít care for this as much as the regular version. It seems more subdued. I donít get much Belgian yeast other than a slight twang in the finish. The anise seems about the same as the regular.
MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to wine glass at a friendís house. Aroma is very strongly anise, too much so. Flavor is, luckily, not following suit. But it isnít as good as the regular imperial stout, nor many of the other locally available ones. It was an experiment, but I hope they donít repeat this one.