Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma has more of a chocolate milk stout to it than anything from a Russian recipe. The anise is strong, while the Beligian yeast and oak chips are affectations. This one looks like a Russian Imperial should. Jet black in body, it would take a one megawatt laser to penetrate its depth. The head is an attractive dark brown which fades to the edges. The taste is definitely of a Russian stout, though it had a strong sugary chocolate note to it. Quite interesting and richly entertaining. The sugary characteristic drills its way into the palate, while the carbonation is unabating throughout the experience. I could have done with less of that bit. There is quite an alcohol burn after the fact, hinting at the muscular ten and a half percent ABV within. Tread lightly, this one is sure to leave you with a headache in the morning, but it is worth it.
coharahawk (170) - 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.
yackery (156) - 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 (118) - 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 (116) - 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
robzilla (86) - - FEB 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thin but lasting tan head. Nose is licorice and alcohol. More licorice with some roastiness, chocolate and a bit of heat. It feels pretty thick and carbonation is minimal.