bconch (324) - - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taken from old notes. Nice carbonation on the pour. Taste is anise initially that gives way to a hoppy heavish malty backbone. Some alcohol taste. Finish is sweet and anise. Donít really care for the anise flavor but itís not horrible.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma is strong malty smoky and earthy with chocolate and licorice as well..deep dark brown color tannish brown head lacing too..strong malty smoky flavor with anise and bitter coffee/chocolate and burnt malt alcohol burn as well...full bodied oily mouthfeel lingering aftertaste..overall a heavy russian imperial stout with strong flavors and a warming quality not for everyone but definitely cool for R.I.S. drinkers
Doodler (316) - 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 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.
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!
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.