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RATINGS: 564   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
22 oz bomber. Poured into my Stone taster. Pours pitch black with a foamy head and nice lacing. Love the regular version and this one serves it up with rich dark malts, chocolate nibs and anise. Big malty nose. Creamy flavors of chocolate, anise, and roasted hops. Finish is woody and well balanced. Oily mouthfeel. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Poured a rich oil black with a fingerís worth of tan head which has rich lacing. The aroma is heavy on anise, oak and chocolate. The toffee is also quite prevalent. Taste has the anise come through stronger than almost anything else. The dark chocolate is also present, though taste of soy sauce overpowers it. The beer becomes sweeter as it warms up. The toffee and anise is a bit too strong, taking away a lot of what made the imperial russian stout such a great beer. Still decent otherwise.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Roonai (305) - - SEP 4, 2011
bottle hared by deyholla, thanks derek! pours a deep ruby mahogony, rich and clean with an almost ruby-brown head that dissipated quickly. nose is rich nise (shocker), vanilla and caramel with a sturdy malt backing. taste has an equatable complexity with emphasis on the anise (licorice) and some added boozy heat. while i done love anise in general, i appreciate the complexity and balance of this brew. heavy for sure but enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2011 this beer pours perfect black with a great dark amber head. smells a little sweet with coffee toffee and dark chocolate and lots of licorice. taste is a lot more sweet and the anise really comes through huge. it is for sure one of those beers that is good in smaller amounts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomasus (284) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pours a deep dark roasted coffee with a tightly packed (but creamy) tan head. Smells of licorice, maple, oak, and coffee. Initial burst of licorice like candy sweetness gives way to coffee bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Itís a really interesting (but balanced) flavor that I would love to rate higher... but black licorice over powers and Iím not a big fan. Palate is surprisingly clean and highly drinkable. Worth trying at least once but I prefer other Stone Brews for regular consumption.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 What can I say? I find the complex of flavors here (strong anise, of course) perfect for a desert beverage. Certainly one of the most uniquely flavored beers Iíve had. I was not sure I even liked it until a second bottle. As is usual with Stone, appearance is beautiful.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a black color, tan head, lacing everywhere. Aromas of black licorice and caramel malts. Taste is sweet and the anise is very prominent, more than I like, and dominates the taste. Palate is full bodied, thick, sticky, and flat carbonation. Overall, the beer is just too much anise for me. I like the beer, but just a tad bit less anise would make it better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Gorgeous midnight purple color. Very sweet as well as some sourness. Reminded me a little bit of a sour ale which I do not care for. The density of flavors combined with an intense sweetness and a strong sour element becomes, to my surprise, a slightly negative aspect. "Gaudy" is a word I would use for this one. My favorite beers are ones with the most intense flavors, however this is kind of a "hot mess" which keeps it from living up to my high expectations.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Big, bold, black, and very aggressive. Youíll need a few pours to fit all this in one glass. The smell is nearly all anise, with some wood. Itís quite creamy with a lot of that black licorice flavor, dry wood, roasted malt, spicy hops. Outstanding lacing lures you in to try to find more flavors, the ones more common in a Russian Imperial Stout. If you hunt, you will pick up some of the currants, chocolate, coffee, but the anise is the real star here. I could see where some say itís overpowering, but I love the flavor, so itís working for me. The 10.5% ABV warms through the finish, along with a fun bitter bite. Another unique, tasty brew from Stone. But you have to love anise to love this. If you donít, you will hate it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Aroma- black licorice, oak, herbs, dark fruits Appearance- thick, black body with a khaki-colored head Taste- black licorice prominent, woodiness, bready malts, light hops, relatively complex, slightly disjointed Palate- surprisingly thicker than regular RIS, feels just about right Overall- A decent novelty brew IMO, but certainly not sessionable. On par with DFH Black and Red but not near as memorable.


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