coharahawk (167) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Barcade. Pours pitch black with minimal head. Aroma is dominated by anise (not surprising), with some roasty notes. Flavor is overly sweet and tastes like a giant black jelly bean. Slightly bitter and alcoholic in the finish. I wasnít initially aware this beer was meant to be an "anise RIS", so I was quite taken aback. I really like black licorice, but this was too much. I found myself choking this down. Not a fan of this one.
Vestergaard (161) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at moeder lambic. 2011. Pours pitch Black, fluffy Big head. Smell is so much chocolate and licorice. Can't stop thinking about the candy of the same kind. The taste as Well man! Reminds me of a certain icelandic candy. The licorice gives almost sour notes. Didn't expect to find this beer, and definately didn't expect this taste! Really nice!
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ColovianTrader (150) - - JAN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Starts like any good stout, with flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The anise taste bites hard, but is somewhat smooth out with flavors of vanilla bean, toasted grain and wood. The Belgian yeast is definitely noticeable but not overly strong. It somewhat detracts from the rich stout flavors in my opinion. Finish is sweet with hints of brown sugar and cream. I like experimental and unique beers, but the flavors donít mesh that well in this one. But a below average imperial stout is still better than most other beers.
yackery (150) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Beachwood BBQ for $6.50 and a 12 oz glass. A shade shy of opaque with a persistent thin layer of head and lots of lacing, the aroma is stout and anise. Very nice if you like it - and I like it. Taste carries the anise. Palate is full and creamy. Nice.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like the regular version on the pour. May have a more pronounced foam. aroma is heavily dominated by the anise. Stone has never been shy on the ingredients and this beer is no exception. Tastewise this stout tosses the usual sweet chocolate notes and roast aside and instead assaults you with woody anise flavors. Iíve been told this was a sweeter version, but I think this is more bitter than the standard. The anise is present throughout this beer. Interesting. I am not sure if Iíd buy it again, but I did not mind it.
oc4111 (119) - USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber poured into a Karmaliet tulip glass. Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head and no lacing. The aroma is Belgian yeast, dark stone fruit, and a hint of anise. For a 10% ABV beer this is very smooth.
dougdecinces (116) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I aged it in my cellar six months. Pours a midnight black with big, billowy mocha head. Teriffic lacing. The anise aroma comes through along with sweet chocolate. I was afraid that the Belgian yeast would be overpowering, but it the anise and chocolatey flavors blend very well. In fact, the residual sweetness combined with the aforementioned flavors almost remind me of root beer. The only downside to this beer is the overly thick, viscous body. But still this is a solid, solid beer.
southamptonsam (114) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just donít know what Stone is thinking about. I donít understand why they would bother to bottle this stuff. The nose is actually quite pleasant and the appearance is misleadingly good. But the taste doesnít work for me and Iím pouring it out and opening a Stone Russian Imperial Stout to wash away the memory.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
real fruity belgian yeast like, with the anise coming through as well slight chocolate and coffee as well, first taste starts very coffee like then goes to a liquorice or anise rather, and finishes with a slight bitterness, too much anise in my mind
cucuma (89) - kontich, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
head comes nice brow and foamy, aroma is anise and liquorice. Taste is to sweet in my opinion. Thick body and alcohol nose