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RATINGS: 549   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle @ home. Iím really not a big fan of stouts brewed with Belgian yeast, but Iím 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. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8915) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2011
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, brewerís licorice and charcoal. Finishes carbonaceous, medium bitter and mildly acrid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Deep black pour. The nose is quite peppery and licorice-like. Roasty and peppery on the nose. Lots and lots of ethanol. A little bit of fairly muted dried fruit. Quite Belgian tasting. Soft fruit and pepper over a dry roasted barley base. Fruity as it warms up as well. Really quite unique. Dry and well-attenuated with a lingering spiciness on the finish. Warming, unique and pretty good. It definitely needs to warm up to really appreciate it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8284) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Tap Takeover. Pours near jet black with a decent tan/mocha head with good retention and leaves lots of webby lace everywhere. Aroma is sweet, herbal, spicy, sage, very much like Saison du BUFF. (?) Taste is minty, sage, bay leaves. Did they mix the tap line with the GK Mad Man Mix? Feels light-bodied. Weird. Doesnít work super well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8047) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (8029) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2011
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.

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