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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TonyDiUlio (650) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Had at the stone tasting in NY at Rattle n’ Hum with James and Andrew. Pour was a dark body with some off white head. The aroma seemed to be a bit smokey, with hints of hops. The flavor was more bitter than expected, in a good way. full of dark hops and yeast. very enjoyable indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
draft at small bar logan square. pours black with tan head. nose has a huge Belgian yeast aroma - spicy and herbal with dk fruit undertones. flavors again have a big dark fruit and spicy Belgian yeast but just an overpowering big spicy and earthy thing going on. flavors meshing odd with licorice and chocolate rounding it out. not a good example of americans using belgian yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6114) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark belgian candy sugar aroma with some roasted malts. The flavor has roasted malts, candy sugar, belgian yeast, and some hoppy notes in the background. Very good, of the 4 Stone IRS variations I had, this one was my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2024) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 On draft at Rattle’n’Hum’s 2010 Stone event - for me it was closer to a Belgian than a stout. Lots of sweetness and herbal and grain flavors. Had a bottle in 2011 and like that a bit more. Coffee aroma with floral hops. There was a nippy edge that was balanced with sweet mocha and spicy notes. Interesting sharpness on the palate, and deceptively easy to drink. Complex, big, and nuanced - but still not the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is nearly black with a finger’s worth of tan head. S: I don’t necessarily get all that much Belgian character, but plenty of RIS. Lots of licorice, raisins, dark chocolate, heavy roast, and coffee. T: Firstly, the alcohol is nowhere near as potent as it usually is in a fresher batch of the IRS. Roast, lots of licorice, and perhaps more dark fruit and bread than I usually get in the regular version. M: Fairly full bodied, but not syrupy or chewy. A low to moderate carbonation. D: This was a nice one to try, but I think I prefer the original thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Dark chocolate, roasted coffe, dark fruits in the aroma and taste. Straightforward stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2011 On tap. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma is of raisins, grapes, dates, cardboard and licorice. What a huge difference yeast makes! Flavors of chocolate, raisins, prunes and coconut. Medium to light bubbles. Sweeter and less bitter than normal. Bottled version was a bit more palatable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a pitch black color with no head. Aroma of plums, prunes, roasted malts, bitter notes and chocolate. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draft during the 40 tap Stone Event @ Rattle n Hum with Andrew, Big Tony, PJ, and Brendan. Pours a pitch black, with no head or lacing. Aroma is meaty, bacon, hot dogs - but in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of roasted/smoked meats.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Stone belgo IRS on tap at Logan Square smallbar for stone takes over the taps... Pours a darker deep black with a solid khaki head... Aroma of spicy sage or other vegetal notes perhaps attributed to the yeast strain? as well as licorice and chocolate. Thought I was smelling madmen at first but the yeast applied here just doesn’t seem to work and eventually comes off as odd .... Flavors are unfortunately a continuation of the same with more pronounced emphasis on chocolate, anise, and spicy yeast which was a major detractor. licorice, and vegetal spiced noted. Hard to drink that’s for sure. 6/4/6/3/13

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