Benzai (12338) - 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 doesnít really taste that special, just like an ordinary decent Imperial Stout.
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle-thanks Fitz-pours black with a rich brown head. Aroma is rich dark malt-roasty, resin/spice. Taste is rich dark malt-anise/roasty/chocolate, resin/spice hops with some bite.
Pinball (11809) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at papsÝ 20120202
dark brown, small light brown head. aroma is anise, roasted malts, anise dominates. flavor is roasted malts, wood, good balance.
BeerandBlues2 (11725) - Escondido, 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.
Scopey (11525) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cali Road trip. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, milk chocolate, toffee, salted liquorice, light sulphur, soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, spice, earth, light tang, dark fruit, chocolate, varnish, toast, salted liquorice and alcohol warmth with a dry, somewhat spicy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tasty, but not a patch on the regular version.
Drake (11469) - 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 Iíve heard it described as an anise bomb, which doesnít 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 Iíve heard, this is an anise bomb, and while this fits the bill, that means I donít find it pleasant. I think Iíll be able to finish it, but Iím not 100% sure. It does get a tad bit better as the anise fades a bit near room temperature.
madsberg (11283) - SÝborg, 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.
hopdog (10913) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Name: IRS 2011, Belgo Anise
Date: September 17, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, fruity esters, sweet licorice, dark chocolate
Flavor: sweet roasted flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, balancing bitter black chocolate, mocha coffee
Name: IRS 2011, Belgo Anise
Date: October 12, 2011
Source: tmac kennesaw
the licorice is stronger in both the aroma and flavor, the extra sweetness of the licorice brings out more of the chocolate and pushed the coffee and bitterness into the background,
Name: IRS 2011, Belgo Anise
Date: April 20, 2012
licorice sweetness still in the firefront but the dark roasted malts are holding their own,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Dogbrick (10871) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Jackie Oís Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. Inky black pour with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Anise bread aroma with notes of yeast and malt. Full body with flavors of black jelly bean, spicy yeast, malt and herbs. The finish leaves a black licorice aftertaste. Probably a beer you will only appreciate if you are a fan of that particular flavor, and I am. Good brew.