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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5281) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1825) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1591) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2290) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is pungent with black licorice and some dark fruits. The flavor is dominated by the anise, in addition to the anise there are raisins, biter walnuts and oak filling in the back and sides. The palate is full and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter anise. Overall: Very tasty brew. A real sipper, i can not drink a whole bottle in one sitting.

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