iguanodon (72) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a thick tan head, good lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, maybe some licorice. Taste is licorice, coffee, chocolate, in that order. Nice full body. Another interesting beer from Stone, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
Bgarnreiter (53) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours jet black, tan head. Smells delicious, with some black licorice, and dripping with malt, slight vanilla. not very strong licorice as some raters have said, or maybe my tongue is just not up to snuff! Tastes chocolatey, malty like crazy, classic imperial stout. partially sweet, coffee flavors. smooth, thick mouth feel. utterly delicious, although i do not taste as much as smell the difference between the regular and the belgo. recommend!
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Mahogany with a brief tan head leaving bits. Nose is chocolate, anise, vanilla and prune. Silky medium body with a soft sparkle. Holy black jellybeans! Lots of licorice and raisin with a solid backing of espresso and dark chocolate
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, talk about a swing-and-a-miss! The normal IRS is one of my favorite beers, but this anise-laden monstrosity just begs the question, "WHY?". Far too much licorice and anise flavor intensity ruin the taste and the finish. Hey Stone: donít be Dogfish Head. Wacko ingredient levels are risky business, so stick with the other incredible beer styles that you have already perfected.
My sink is going to finish this beer. Sigh.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich black head, brown head, small legs. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, start anise, cinnamon, pepper. Round sweet mouth feel with long spicy bitter finish.
MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to wine glass at a friendís house. Aroma is very strongly anise, too much so. Flavor is, luckily, not following suit. But it isnít as good as the regular imperial stout, nor many of the other locally available ones. It was an experiment, but I hope they donít repeat this one.
Beermogul (28) - USA - JAN 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Color is opaque brown black. Bright aromas of licorice candy and spiced nuts with a supple, rich, fruity full body and a grilled baguette, roasted root vegetable, cinnamon and pepper spice finish.
chawkfan (27) - USA - NOV 19, 2011
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Way too over powering of black licorice and I love licorice. Iíve always loved what Stone has to offer, but I couldnít even finish a glass. Iím not even sure it was close to a stout, not sure what it is.
Climber77 (20) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a thick rich hazelnut colored head. Lots of anise to the nose. The taste has loads of liqourice and anise. Also picking up coffee and a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Nice one.
monstersmash (17) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2011
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Strong licorice aroma and even stronger taste. I do not like black licorice so I guess I was doomed to hate this brew. I love a good strong stout but this was way too over the top w/anise. I love Stone IPAís, so I thought this would be interesting to try...not my cup of tea.