Ratman197 (10820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of anise, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light oak and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smoth. Flavors of anise, roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke and light oak with a smoth lingering chocolate anise finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, fizzy and frothy dark brown head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is perfume anise (licorice), faint vanilla, oak notes, roasted malt, and light coffee, burnt notes. As the beer warms, alcohol and floral hops become evident. Flavor is moderately sweet licorice with phenolic notes, medium-hot alcohol, and roasted, charcoal malt. Dark fruits (prune, fig, raisin) peak through leaving a tart, sweet, dark malt coating on the tongue. Full body, high warmth, average carbonation, and a dry finish. The alcohol really dries out the residual sweetness that would otherwise leave this beer cloyingly sweet. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages; it will likely become oxidized long before the beer really gets a chance to develop. This beer leaves me wanting some fruit cake or other Christmas-like desert.
madsberg (10602) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Thx to Doodler. Pitch black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroam fo anise, yeast, chocolate, roast, flavour of anise, roast, chocolate, cocoa. Medium bodied. ends on a liqoudense and roasted bitterness in the end.
jtclockwork (10428) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black. Brown head. Nose of smoke honey roasted chocolate, anise, black licorice and soy sauce. Taste of mostly star anise and smoked black malt. Some wood and Belgian yeast. Medium body. Anise really overpowers the palate. Lots and lots of anise and black licorice.
daknole (10111) - 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.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. I’m really not a big fan of stouts brewed with Belgian yeast, but I’m trying to keep an open mind. Here goes. This has a deep brown appearance with a nice, dark brown head. The aroma is full of anise and black licorice, light wood, chocolate, and roasty malts. There’s some fruity esters in the flavor along with a bunch of anise, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, and a bit of roasty coffee. Better than I was expecting but still not as good as the original in my opinion.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 It was hard for me to purchase this, as I think the regular Stone IRS is overrated, and I’ve heard it described as an anise bomb, which doesn’t sound appealing, but alas, it never showed up at a tasting as I had hoped, so here it is now. Bomber from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of hugh anise notes with a bit of roastiness. The taste is big anise notes, licorice, other spicy notes, chocolate, roasted malts and a hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. As I’ve heard, this is an anise bomb, and while this fits the bill, that means I don’t find it pleasant. I think I’ll be able to finish it, but I’m not 100% sure. It does get a tad bit better as the anise fades a bit near room temperature.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Draft... Pours nearly black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. Anise is very prominent in the aroma with everything else taking a backseat, although banana, light clove, espresso and burnt malt are also players. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor is bitter, burnt and loaded with anise, brewer’s licorice and charcoal. Finishes carbonaceous, medium bitter and mildly acrid.
Benzai (9758) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, decent beige head. Smell some sweetness and some anise and vanilla. It doesn’t really taste that special, just like an ordinary decent Imperial Stout.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.