DialSquare (3787) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
PorterPounder (6714) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
beerbastard (825) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
robertjm (830) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
trevor211 (1510) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black, with a dark tan head. Anise, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose -- the anise really stands out in here. Flavor is the same good old Stone IRS, but overpowered by the anise. They really put too much of the stuff in here, and itís seriously to the beerís detriment. Too bad -- the Belgo line is 0-for-2 in my book.