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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Name: IRS 2011, Belgo Anise
Date: September 17, 2011
Mode: Bottle
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
Mode: draft
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
Mode: draft
Words: duckworth’s
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
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10783) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10706) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (10498) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10279) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10080) - 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, brewer’s licorice and charcoal. Finishes carbonaceous, medium bitter and mildly acrid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - 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.

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