kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man! There was a lot going on with this one. The aroma had a roasted malt and sweetness to it. Very dark with virtually no head. The first taste revealed a surprising sourness that gradually subsided. Then came the Belgian yeast with wood, some smoke and a hint of cherry. The alcohol was faint. This got better as I drank it through the night. A unique variation on a classic.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle. Strong, roasty aroma, with heavy notes of anise and dark chocolate, along with burnt sugar sweetness, floral perfume, oak and a certain dark fruity tartness in the background. Solid black in color with a lasting, fine, light tan head. Flavor profile is sweet, roasty, lightly tart, almost salty, with plenty of anise character throughout and a drying, bitter, spicy, woody finish. Drying, creamy and full on the palate, warming and rich in body. A bit less anise would have been my preference, but itís still pretty interesting.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is strong with alcohol, licorice, toasted malt, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but not pleasant. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall not a favorite of mine.
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Anise is a the dominate flavors in this beer, it is very hard to ignore. the beer is full of strong flavors of oak, coffee with a bit of licorice, its has a tart and salty like flavor at the end. very different.
burg326 (2770) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle poured pitch black aromas of light roast, light oak, and tons of anise. Flavors are the same, tons of anise. Anise is not my thing, should have known better that this was going to be an anise bomb.
kermis (3730) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours black with a thick brown head, looking like the original version but unfortunately it goes a little wrong after this. Aroma is dominated by anise and licorice, overpowering the normal aspects from the fantastic base beer. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Really not to my taste and not a patch on the regular Stone RIS.
bconch (249) - - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taken from old notes. Nice carbonation on the pour. Taste is anise initially that gives way to a hoppy heavish malty backbone. Some alcohol taste. Finish is sweet and anise. Donít really care for the anise flavor but itís not horrible.
fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Fontainas, vintage 2011
Pitch black color, with creamy brownish head. Strong aroma, of liquorice and anise, followed by the roasted malt, and coffee. Roasted malt flavor, not aggressive, with the necessary mild sweetness; the liquorice/anise component blends well into this. Well brewed, but not with ingredients that I look for.
jake65 (2450) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is roasty and rich, with a healthy does of anise. Really the same impact on the flavor. Lots of rich maltiness and roast, anything else is covered by my dislike of the anise. This is probably great if you like anise, but I do not. At least not in such a potent amount.
daje (1693) - NORWAY - JUL 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought at Systembolaget Drottninggatan Karlstad december 2011.
All black body, small light brown head. Thick and viscous.
Complex aroma of roast, anise, chocolate, blending nice with the belgian yeast.
Bittersweet taste of anise, roast, chocolate, spice notes, vanilla. Delicious lasting aftertaste of licorice and coffee.