robertjm (779) - 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 it’s pouring into the glass. Somewhat rocky head the color of light brown sugar. Dark body. While not overpowering, there’s 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 (1358) - 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 it’s seriously to the beer’s detriment. Too bad -- the Belgo line is 0-for-2 in my book.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black as hell. Has a nice brown head that quickly fades to a nice collar. Aroma has notes of belgian spices and roast malts but a blend of oak and heavy anise/licorice dominate to my nose with a touch of alcohol. Taste is again heavy with anise, some oak, lightly warm alcohol and then just touches of fruits, belgain spice notes, roast and some chocolate with a solid bitter finish. Mouthfeel is spot on with a long finish. I prefer the regular version over this but it’s an interesting twist. I would like to see how it ages out.
yackery (157) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Beachwood BBQ for $6.50 and a 12 oz glass. A shade shy of opaque with a persistent thin layer of head and lots of lacing, the aroma is stout and anise. Very nice if you like it - and I like it. Taste carries the anise. Palate is full and creamy. Nice.
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, talk about a swing-and-a-miss! The normal IRS is one of my favorite beers, but this anise-laden monstrosity just begs the question, "WHY?". Far too much licorice and anise flavor intensity ruin the taste and the finish. Hey Stone: don’t be Dogfish Head. Wacko ingredient levels are risky business, so stick with the other incredible beer styles that you have already perfected.
My sink is going to finish this beer. Sigh.
BOLTZ7555 (2852) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow...just not a fan of this at all. Dark brown bordering black pour with a latte colored head. Aroma of prune juice, Welches grape, licorice, and cocoa. Flavor is similar with a strange dark fruit addition. Imbalanced and odd. Too much on the anise which distracts from the dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, and molasses that one would expect from the style. Medium to creamy mouthfeel. Meh.
iguanodon (87) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a thick tan head, good lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, maybe some licorice. Taste is licorice, coffee, chocolate, in that order. Nice full body. Another interesting beer from Stone, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
drfabulous (4273) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from Beer Trappe. Imperial Stout taste. Chocolate upfront. Big and rich. I get that anise taste in the back of the sip. Adds something to an already great beer. Doesn’t deter, at least. Yeast might be providing a slightly fruity nose.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
real fruity belgian yeast like, with the anise coming through as well slight chocolate and coffee as well, first taste starts very coffee like then goes to a liquorice or anise rather, and finishes with a slight bitterness, too much anise in my mind
daknole (9623) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, tan head. Roast, prunes, coffee, carob and and odd caraway seed aroma. Flavor has lots of anise and chocolate. This beer really suffers if you drink it too cold.