dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 4/20
Good lord this is a mess. The aroma is way too sweet for a RIS. The anise comes through and makes everything so sweet all that good roast and bitterness you want in a RIS is gone. Itís all anise and sweet malt. Appearance is nice b/c it is black w/ tan head. At least they got that part right. Taste is so cloyingly sweet I kinda donít want to drink anymore. Palate is thick and chewy but since itís so sweet it seems syrupy and nasty. Overall this is terrible it might have been a fun idea but the yeast and the roast and the bitterness and all of the things that I love about a stout are ruined here. AWFUL.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of cascading foam fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was of Anise clove and alcohol. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The awful flavor contained notes of strong Anise. A horrible flavor of Anise which I did not like at all results in a "I would rather not drink again" rating.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2011
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bomber. Nose is heavy syrupy chocolate with coffee, anise, heavy malt. Dark brown pour with a creamy light brown head. Taste is a massive overload of anise so as to obscure everything else there. Way, waaaaay too much, shouldnít have been released as is. Dry, herbal, minty, anise finish. Fully body. A lopsided rating for a unique, but ultimately disgusting beer. Donít know if this is just about my threshold, but had to be dumped.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured into a snifter. I hate the word "Belgo" but thatís a personal thing. Letís see if the beer is better than the name.
3.5 A: Black color. Almost three fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is good and moderate amounts of nonuniform lacing are left.
2.5 S: The anise is sure there. Thereís tons of it. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing in itself. Rather, this barely smells like a stout. It smells more like a generic strong ale. Light roast with very little of the aromas that are common in stouts (chocolate, coffee, etc...). The Belgian yeast also doesnít work in this. Instead of giving me the standard spiciness, it simply comes off as muddled. The oak smells good though.
2.0 T: The Belgian component is much more apparent in the taste. Peppery spiciness with a fruity zing. Anise is abundant again as is the oak. The stout, however, is lacking again. Light roast and not much else. Like the nose, this seems more like a Belgian take on Arrogant Bastard than the RIS. In any case, it doesnít work.
2.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Seems light on the tongue, but not in a normal spritzy Belgian way. Also lacking creaminess. Not a fan of this either.
2.0 D: Really disappointing beer. Iíve had a number of American "Belgo" stouts this year and this is by far the worst.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-17-2011 01:20:02
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2011
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
On tap, sample pour. Very hesitant about this one, Iím partial to anise if done correctly. Pours that great RIS profile, nice off white head. The nose is dominated by anise...thatís all. I canít get any cocoa, coffee, no roasty goodness. The palate is an unbalanced wreck of pure anise. Iím actually surprised at the favorable reviews, I think is is a one-sided mess of anise, theres nothing balanced or anything to show that this is a RIS. So sad that I have to give a Stone beer this low of a rating, but really one of the worst Iíve had overall.
buffs9 (3) - Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012 does not count
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Appearance: Very dark w/ a one finger tan head, a little lacing.
Smell: What I pick up here seems to be a mix of anise and taint.
Taste: Matches the smell fairly well, which isnít good. Licorice, ass and a bit of char.
Mouthfeel: Doesnít feel bad, just tastes bad. Decent body and texture.
Overall: I bought this based on a recommendation from one of the beer guys at my favorite shop. We talked about our mutual love for Abyss, and he said this was a great substitute. Not sure Iíll listen to him next time...
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bomber. Black in color and fairly viscous with a well-formed tan head and good lacing. Smells decent, with notes of anise, roast, and dark chocolate, but the anise is a bit strong. On the flavor...oh man, this is terrible. Disgusting licorice flavor with booze and harsh Belgian notes. The base stout hides behind the craptastic modifications they made. Fairly full-bodied with an astringency and booziness that is not pleasant. Made it through a couple ounces and then duuuump. Stone really shouldnít have messed with a good thing here. This is an abomination.
monstersmash (17) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2011
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Strong licorice aroma and even stronger taste. I do not like black licorice so I guess I was doomed to hate this brew. I love a good strong stout but this was way too over the top w/anise. I love Stone IPAís, so I thought this would be interesting to try...not my cup of tea.
chawkfan (27) - USA - NOV 19, 2011
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Way too over powering of black licorice and I love licorice. Iíve always loved what Stone has to offer, but I couldnít even finish a glass. Iím not even sure it was close to a stout, not sure what it is.