beersearcher (2295) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a sipper. Little hard to finish at end of Stone 14 festival. Jet black color. Belgian yeast influenced then alcohol then chocolate. Very chewy.
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow...just not a fan of this at all. Dark brown bordering black pour with a latte colored head. Aroma of prune juice, Welches grape, licorice, and cocoa. Flavor is similar with a strange dark fruit addition. Imbalanced and odd. Too much on the anise which distracts from the dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, and molasses that one would expect from the style. Medium to creamy mouthfeel. Meh.
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black and dark blah blah blah. Stone is famous for their Russian Imperial Stout. Look at the top Imp Stouts on either RB or BA and youíll find it high up on the list. This version from Stone has added oak chips, belgian yeast and anise. First of all, for a brewer the size and reputation of Stone, the use of oak chips is a borderline disgrace especially in this piss poor fashion. Maybe Iím just a wine guy, but using oak chips is a cop out. The vanilla and wood taste seems like it was added artificially. Truth be told, this isnít my biggest complaint. My real hatred towards this beer is the anise addition. While the liquorish aromas arenít over the top. In terms of taste though, it casts a giant gloomy disgusting cloud over the entire flavor profile. I even like anise and liquorish. I drink Jagermeister on occasion. The anise is just completely overwhelming. This unbalanced, crappy beer tarnishes the great Russian Imperial Stout cred that Stone had built. Swing and a miss Stone. I will give you credit for trying new things. But sometimes you need to follow the old adage, "If it ainít broke, donít fix it."
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Alright so I hate black licorice. Fuck me man I know the tried but I can only drink a glass, had to give away the rest. Way to much licorice.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stone belgo imp stout 6/1/11 bottle at paps
Dark but not seemingly asdark as the regular.
A is odd... Lots of anise, vanilla, roast, choco and wood. Green wood and herbaceousness.
Tastes like green nyquil... Lots of wood and anise. Dry and tannic. Quite medicinal. Roast, choco
This didnt need to be made. The og is so good. Why mess with it? 6/3/4/3/10
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Black, Brown head. Very strong anise nose, liquorice, malts. Malty and quite bitter flavor, anise more to the background. Lasting bitter finish. The anise is quite overwhelming, especially in aroma. Not even close to the world-class original.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle. Pour is thick and black with a rocky tan head. Aroma is dominate liquorice/anise with some rotten cabbage and a faint smell of the base beer. Flavor is overwhelming with raw anise and awful yeast phenolics, oh yeah, light taste of the normally spectacular base beer. Why they did this to such a great beer, Iíll never know. Way too much anise aroma/flavor and their Belgian yeast completely ruined this beer.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
A pickled, phenolic touch seeps from this brewís star anise, as chocolate and vanilla to camouflage an idea gone awry.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces around the darkness.
-It took a while for that aroma to evaporate, leaving way for pure star anise.
-Alcohol heat and prevalent phenols kind of clashed as well.
-Mouthfeel, on the other hand, was quite healthy.
-A rare miss from Stone.
kramer (4684) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a one inch frothy tight bubbled brown head that slowly faded, leaving some sticky lacing. The nose is quite interesting, there is certainly a good deal of anise in here, as well as a heavy roastiness, slight alcohol, and a bit of yeastiness. It really reminds me of those licorice pipes that I used to get as a kid. The flavor is a huge turn-off and is surprisingly awful. The anise is so intense and overpowering that it dwarfs even the most intense licorice candy that Iíve ever had. The intense roasty and burnt malt notes donít exactly help soften the anise notes either. Thereís not a whole lot of íBelgianí qualities to this that make it past the anise. Full bodied and chewy with a sticky clinginess on the back end. Moderate soft fizzy carbonation. Gotta say, this one is a total miss for my tastes. I canít even finish the bottle of this one.
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 11.01.2014, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is kind of strange sweet spicy, dak malts, anise, yeast, hand lotion, spices, citrus, mint. Taste is kind of strange sour-ish and sweet, yeast, dark malts, anise, citrus, spices, hints of cardboard. Medium bitterness, thin amost medical harsh mouthfeel. Just weird, not even close to my cup of tea.