SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours beautiful with a spectacular dark head. Aroma is painfully licorice and skews my true understanding of this beer. I want to like but my disdain for licorice will not allow this.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A battering ram of black licorice flavor catapults this stout into complexity heaven. If we’re to draw up the math of this beer, on a chalkboard of sorts, we would see hints of coconut milk, loads of charred oak, and a cupboard full of bagged baking chocolate. This also tastes strongly of ouzo. Huzzah!
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the more interesting brews I have ever had. Nose is anise vanilla and nearly overpowering. Taste is oak vanilla anise and more. Good beer but not sure I’d buy again
anderson01 (330) - Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. I’m generally not that fond of flavored beer, but this one works pretty good. Still, I’d rather have the std version.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a rich oil black with a finger’s 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.
Roonai (305) - - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!