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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle opens with a hiss, and a thick black sludgy liquid is poured into my Stone IRS Glass. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is licorice and anise forward, with undertones of chocolate, roasted barley, malt, brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Taste has a lot of absinthe-like anise, licorice notes which numb the tongue and hide the normally huge chocolate, roast, and alcohol components of this beer. The antiseptic effect of the anise has totally overpowered the belgo yeast strain used in the beer, but the effect is very unique and enjoyable. Once the numbing of the anise has subdued alcohol and raw herbal flavors linger at the tip of the tongue. These Stone Odd Year releases are a nice change, and I hope to see more of them coming in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours a black, cola brown colour. Aroma of sourness, funk, dark fruits, coffee, malt, char, roast, sweet caramel. Flavour is the same but with a bit more fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, fruity, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits. Tastes of the same fruitiness, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, and roast. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Deep black pour. The nose is quite peppery and licorice-like. Roasty and peppery on the nose. Lots and lots of ethanol. A little bit of fairly muted dried fruit. Quite Belgian tasting. Soft fruit and pepper over a dry roasted barley base. Fruity as it warms up as well. Really quite unique. Dry and well-attenuated with a lingering spiciness on the finish. Warming, unique and pretty good. It definitely needs to warm up to really appreciate it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Pours a deep, dark brown bordering on black with a thin light mocha head and not too much lacing. Nose is primarily chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. Some spicy esters make their way in, although they weren’t readily identifiable to me. Taste brings the flavors together a bit more, with some dark fruit and a hint of spice coming through behind roasted chocolate and hints of espresso. Mouthfeel is quite nice and creamy, with a good level of carbonation. Drinks pretty well, although like Matt said, there were too many beers to get all but the absolute best more than once. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-06-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore A-jet black color with a dark tan colored head. S-fruity belgian yeast with notes of lemon pepper, hints of windex with sprinkles of chocolate. T-more lemon pepper spicy yeast in the flavor than the nose, roasted malts make an appearance with some dark fruity sweetness and a light note of stale coffee and bitterness. M-this has a medium body with a creamy feel, a little messy towards the back with a moderate carbonation and a crisp semi-dry finish. D-balanced and different with a fruity sweetness and nice spice to it. interesting beer and very different, not mind blowing and a lighter body that I would like but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2405) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
Tap at Small Bar. Soft vanilla nose. Smooth. The belgian yeast really stomps on this and the aniseed in the finish gets a bit out of control. Still a good beer, but when the base beer is the amazing IRS, this is a bit of a disappointment. Very rich - too much so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draught at Small Bar Logan Square for the Chicago Takeover. Black with a thick tan head. Very spicy aroma with a lot of clove and dark chocolate. Rich chocolate and clove flavor with moderate fruitiness. The belgian yeast for the most part just seems to add a spicy clove flavor to the regular beer, and I like the mix with the malt here. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. I’d like to see more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: Very aroumatic phenolic, cloves, chocolate. Some astringency, impy hoppings, tasty vineous, carbonic and a touch of sour and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coconut, Belgian yeast, raisins, and some chocolate. Flavor of yeast, light char, chocolate, roasted grain, some citrus, and raisins. Nice warming sensation as it goes down.

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