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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2011
A rich and extremely sweet aroma with a hint of chocolate. Looks nice, but the head goes fast. The body is good, but a bit too much on the sweet side. Actually not as thick as I expected or remembered from the regular Stone stout. Disappointingly Im not really getting much black licorice as Id hoped. Okay, so I said things to soon. When I was trying to taste the anise, I didnt see it, but after I just started drinking the beer, the licorice was completely obvious. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11105) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22oz bottle-thanks Fitz-pours black with a rich brown head. Aroma is rich dark malt-roasty, resin/spice. Taste is rich dark malt-anise/roasty/chocolate, resin/spice hops with some bite.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
(Bottled, 0.65l, rated 2011-12-27) Very dark brown with a medium, beige head. Strongly cough-medicinal, anis-licoricey aroma with plenty of malt. Very salty-licoricey flavor is well balanced with bitterness, which only surfaces lightly in the finish. Alcohol fully hidden. Quite full body, smooth and drinkable in small doses. A quite intensive experience, and a very pleasant one, too. Make sure you share this in good company, though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Opaque black with a dense brown head. Soft but clingy full body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: rich black malt, dark chocolate, and orangey anise.

Taste: black malt, dark chocolate, warm alcohol, bright anise, and an unexpected hard-to-describe belgian dubbel quality obviously due to the yeast.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopTsing (427) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2012
From the tap came a very dark brew with a thin, dark brown head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, anise, and a hint of raspberry. Full bodied with rich malt and chocolate flavors with a nice hint of anise.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TonyDiUlio (650) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Had at the stone tasting in NY at Rattle n Hum with James and Andrew. Pour was a dark body with some off white head. The aroma seemed to be a bit smokey, with hints of hops. The flavor was more bitter than expected, in a good way. full of dark hops and yeast. very enjoyable indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Wow, a very surprising beer here. I was expecting to hate it, but low and behold, Im quite digging this. Huge anise character all around...its at the forefront of the nose and with vibrant character..its at the forefront of the flavors as well, but it blends with the thick maltiness in an amazingly good way...its like a imperial stout sambuca, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that idea, nor how it has played out in this beer. Luckily enough, theres such thick maltiness and such vibrant anise character than any gross phenols from the belgian yeast are not detectible at all...though it may be whats back up and chunkifying the anise character, but thats cool as fuck here. Very redeeming beer for Stone, and I suppose Im just a little speechless...maybe itll wear on my palate after a full bottle and I can make fun of Stone then...well see.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (804) - Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and anise. Taste is anise and coffee and chocolate, anise finish. Would be very interested to see how it ages.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2011
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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle pours black with a brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, anise, and roasty malt. Flavor is fruity, chocolate, black licorice, some chocolate, and roasty malts. Rather dry finish with a lingering bit of spice.


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