ClassyBeagle (374) - 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 (4626) - 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 (1550) - 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.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black. Lots of licorice and oak. Sweet chocolate and malt also prominent. Very smooth beer. I like this quite a bit.
Vestergaard (1141) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at moeder lambic. 2011. Pours pitch Black, fluffy Big head. Smell is so much chocolate and licorice. Can't stop thinking about the candy of the same kind. The taste as Well man! Reminds me of a certain icelandic candy. The licorice gives almost sour notes. Didn't expect to find this beer, and definately didn't expect this taste! Really nice!
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shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 "Odd Year Release"
7/16/2011: Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout (Ale brewed with anise, oak chips & Belgian yeast)... Aroma: Definitely black licorice/anise strangely paired kind of a strange blend of semi-sweet chocolate, yeast, and dark fruits/plum. Appearance: Pours out in a very dark ruby-brown, nearly black stream that’s thick and opaque; large brown-colored head settles on top and doesn’t really go anywhere until the last bubble is slide out of the glass and down the throat! Flavor: Roasty and heavy on the caramel maltiness right up front followed by anise and an out of place spiciness (from the Belgian yeast); slight woody char and misplaced citrus+fruit+spice+herb+earthy concotion of flavor characteristics; an oily, candy-sweet black licorice taste runs throughout underneath everything else right through into the roasty, coffee-like, slightly bitter and alcoholic finish. Palate: Medium-full body, slightly sticky on the lips with a slick, syrupy feel in the mouth; decent carbonation and fairly smooth. Overall: Major letdown and an insult to the Stone IRS name! I don’t really understand why Stone is messing around with two world-class beers, Old Guardian and IRS. Even if they use those beers as the base, go ahead and use the Belgian yeast, throw in whatever, but just NAME IT SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Tha way expectations aren’t set that can never be meant (resulting in disappointment and a decreasing opinion of Stone). In my opinion, the "Odd Year Releases" are just ruining the reputation of the regular versions of the beers that are both highly respected and always fantastic. Stone Belgo Old Guardian *might* have been acceptable, but the Stone Belgo Anise IRS is just barely palatable and is definitely a waste of perfectly good brewing capacity to make the regular Stone IRS!
1 pt 6 fl. oz. bottle (10.5% alc/vol) shared by . Thanks ! Rating #521 for this beer.
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Henry’s: Poured a jet black liquid and formed a thick layer of foamed head which eventually retreated. As for the aroma, my nose is greeted with the strong scent of anise seed as well as an upfront smell of black licorice. The flavor is rich base of roasted malts that come across smoked while a heavy taste of anise seeds dominate the drink. I also get hints of black licorice, powdered chocolate milk, and a faint background of mint or peppermint candy/breath mint. In the end, I just don’t feel this came together all to well, although, it did make for an interesting recipe.
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with light briwn head.. thick surypy chocolate raisen goodness..strong taste ..incredibly smooth..love it
JefVerstraete (2298) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, low carbonation. Sweet/bitter and a sour hint. Aroma of dark chocolate, hops and coffee. Lots of anise and liquorice. Strange but not bad.