robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a jet black with a medium size tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of coffee, vanilla, and cocoa.
taste is a little sour, cocoa, a little coffee, and malt. ends smooth and somewhat sour.
Beerheart65 (957) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma has licorice, medical herbs, sweet malting, bit stuffy. Expresso black, short beige head. Velvety soft feel, full bodied, light carbonation, roasted finish. Taste has sweet licorice, bit ripe dark fruits, long taste with roasted coffee finish. Very sweet but nice stout. Ok balance. Dessert like.
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, licorice, slight brett character. The flavors are more of the same. The flavors are not blending well in this.
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: An orgy of anise in roasted black liquorice sweetness. Bad idea
How: Bottle 22oz, 2011 release, twice, first consumed bottle fresh (bad) then with approximately 9 months of age (a little less bad). Will not buy again
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with low retention
In long: Unsurprisingly given its name there is star anise in the aroma. What is surprising is the intensity, this is star anise wall to wall along with notes of absinthe and why not a shot of black Sambuca. Taste is just that, a lot of highly roasted malts swimming in black liquorice and black Sambuca with extra star anise and a shot of absinthe. Nothing in common with the regular Stone Imperial Russian Stout, nothing chocolaty, nothing coffee related, nothing good for me here. It is well made for what it is and I suspect it will find a niche market, but count me out for the next releases. And I donít think Iím over-generalizing if I say that all the people who love this beer like or cut their sandwiches in triangles are deranged people sick in their heads.
larsniclas (5520) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at ekstedt dec-11
Black with a beige head.
Dark chocolate and coffee and pretty much anise.
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Bottle from Brandon. Dark brown pour with nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, belgian yeast, black licorice and maybe some wood. Taste was consistent with aroma, but sometimes more is less and there is just too much going on that do not totally compliment each other. Medium bodied and fairly smooth.
ben4321 (3750) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle, 10/7/12
Aroma: The nose has some alcohol, licorice, anise, roast, and Belgian yeast
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light brown head
Flavor: The taste is much like the nose, and the components work pretty decently here
Palate: The body is full, and it feels kind of heavy and a little dense, with a lightly boozy finish
Iím pretty sure this one has a year + on it. Anyway, I liked this one, but I didnít absolutely love it. Still though, it is definitely worth trying for sure.
RexTalionis (2333) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark, almost black in colour with a off-white head. Chocolate, anise, herbal hops and salty licorice in aroma. Taste is mostly anise combined with licorice, roasted malts also. Smooth.
rob6239 (613) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with thin brownish head. Aroma is strong with the anise, smells sweet, perhaps some toffee. Taste is strong bittter. The anise comes through strong like a licorice beer.
Steasy66 (837) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into imperial pint glass. Black with 1 finger dark tan head. Nose is pretty muted, but has a hint of anise and dark malt. Taste is nice, quite sweet, strong anise, red fruity esters. Finish is velvet smooth.