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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2012
Almost black with a light brown head. This is a very rich beer, quite sweet with the licorice anise in the foreground and melasse, roasted notes and vanilla. Iím generally not that fond of flavored beer, but this one works pretty good. Still, Iíd rather have the std version.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours dark black with small tan head. Aroma is licorice, dark malts, and belgian yeast. Taste is mostly licorice. The belgian yeast is evident but any chocolate, roasty, or belgian character is somewhat overwhelmed by the strong black licorice flavor. If I was a fan of licorice, this would be rated hire.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
A - Black with a finger off white head S - lots of licorice and then some roasted malt and a hint of vanilla. T - Nice at startwith licorice/Anise Flavor as well as malt but gets a bit rough and strong after a second or two. finishes a bit rough as well, stronger aftertaste than I would like. M - Not quite as full bodied as I would like and over carbonated O - Did not live up to expectation, nothing close to the original, I would not mind a bit of the anise in my RIS but though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (317) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anderson01 (312) - Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Black on color. Creamy, mocha-colored head. Okay lacing. Black licorice and tobacco are noticeable in the aroma. Creamy texture. Taste like black licorice and coffee. Bittersweet chocolate also comes out in the taste. Heavy-bodied beer with average carbonation. Long finish.

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 (290) - 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.


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