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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drowland (7712) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
6/17/11. On tap. Black pour with brown edges and a small brown head. Huge anise aroma, too much, that reminds me a bit of sausage pizza. Sweet chocolate flavor with over the top anise and a bit of lingering coffee. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3970) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Tap at Proof. Not a huge licorice fan- but this was good. Light anise vibe. Standard chocolate and coffee imp stout tastes otherwise. Nice medium to thick palate. Top notch - liked it more than I figured going in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Big anise aroma with chocolate and light yeast. Big anise flavor with chocolate and light spice. Medium-full bodied. Chooclate and light roast lingers with anise and light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Strong anise aromas with dark fruits and charred grains. Decent roast, anise, dark chocolate, ginger spice, yeast esters and spices, with doughy malts, oak, mild alcohol booze and more black licorice tones creeping up in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Pours black with an think chocolate-graham cracker head. Aroma is belgian yeast, licorice, anise, dark chocolate. Flavor is certainly complex. Dark chocolate bitterness, biting belgian yeast, a bit too much anise; the oak chip flavor is nice though. Iím not sure about this beer. It isnít bad, but it isnít great; it doesnít come close to the original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7113) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with notes of fennel/anise, alcohol, vanilla, plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Somewhat rough and simple. Prominent anise note. Boozy and syrupy sweet. Only marginally better than the regular Impy Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6892) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof Bar - on tap. Dark black motor oil pour, thick khaki head, excellent thick lacing. Aroma has a hint of pepper, some licorice, very green and organic. Flavor is a big departure from typical Imperial Stouts. Pick up some peppers, licorice, Carbona furniture cleaner, anise seed. Finish of peppermint and chocolate. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Overall, odd, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Just donít know what Stone is thinking about. I donít understand why they would bother to bottle this stuff. The nose is actually quite pleasant and the appearance is misleadingly good. But the taste doesnít work for me and Iím pouring it out and opening a Stone Russian Imperial Stout to wash away the memory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (840) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2011
This one didnít work for me. The licorice and malt aromas were a strange combination. The anise taste overtakes the rest of the flavors. I was looking forward to what the Belgian yeast would do, but I may never know. A noticeable astringent dryness in the finish, maybe due from the oak chips. I love experiments, but I love Stone Imp Russ stout just the way it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (836) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Has this thick look to it as itís pouring into the glass. Somewhat rocky head the color of light brown sugar. Dark body. While not overpowering, thereís definitely an aroma of black licorice (from the anise) there. Flavors of roasted malts and anise. The anise definitely gives it a unique flavor. Thick syrupy thickness in the mouthfeel. Roastiness in the aftertaste. Definitely like this one!

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