Ernesto987 (3687) - 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 (1992) - 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 (7797) - 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 (4905) - 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 (2038) - 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.
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
6/17/11. On tap. Black pour with brown edges and a small brown head. Huge anise aroma, too much, that reminds me a bit of sausage pizza. Sweet chocolate flavor with over the top anise and a bit of lingering coffee. Not good.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black pour, small tan head. Nose holds huge licorice, caramel, butterscotch, some raisin and fig, and a touch of wood. Flavor is really pretty terrible; big big anise, unbalanced sweetness, and a weak palate. A disappointingly lackluster effort from Stone.
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 It was hard for me to purchase this, as I think the regular Stone IRS is overrated, and Iíve heard it described as an anise bomb, which doesnít sound appealing, but alas, it never showed up at a tasting as I had hoped, so here it is now. Bomber from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of hugh anise notes with a bit of roastiness. The taste is big anise notes, licorice, other spicy notes, chocolate, roasted malts and a hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. As Iíve heard, this is an anise bomb, and while this fits the bill, that means I donít find it pleasant. I think Iíll be able to finish it, but Iím not 100% sure. It does get a tad bit better as the anise fades a bit near room temperature.