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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Wow, talk about a swing-and-a-miss! The normal IRS is one of my favorite beers, but this anise-laden monstrosity just begs the question, "WHY?". Far too much licorice and anise flavor intensity ruin the taste and the finish. Hey Stone: donít be Dogfish Head. Wacko ingredient levels are risky business, so stick with the other incredible beer styles that you have already perfected. My sink is going to finish this beer. Sigh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 Black pour with a full thick creamy tan head and sheets of lace clinging to the glass. Smells of chocolate and loads of licorice, anise, coffee, and subtle hints of oak. The anise is really strong in the aroma and is really dominate. Chocolate, loads of anise and licorice, coffee, belgian yeast, booze, and spices. The anise is so strong and overpowering that it turns this beer rather one dimensional. A bitter burnt roasted malt and spicy finish. One needs to love licorice in order to really appreciate this. Just way too much licorice for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
smelled of licorice, anise, chocolate, and gym socks. tasted like i was eating licorice in a locker room. not good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nickls (1936) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Tap. Rich dark tan head; jet black body with noticeable sediment. Lots of licorice in both the taste and the aroma, and clearly the anise is doing its job. Prune sweetness, some light roast and only a hint of dryness in the finish. Just way too much for me on the anise and a bit too sweet. Gotta say that I really donít like this at all. Not my thing in the slightest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Opaque, with an espresso head. Aroma is super strong licorice, background chocolate and roastiness. Taste is licorice, mixed with chocolate, lightly smokey, mild roastiness, mild alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kennethkearns (5) - New York, USA - JAN 2, 2012 does not count
The anise really dominates this stout. Tastes like someone dumped some grappa in my stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4303) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2012
The aroma is strong with alcohol, licorice, toasted malt, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but not pleasant. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall not a favorite of mine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (3426) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Enjoyed in a wine glass at fridge temp. no carbonation at all. midnight black viscous pour but not as viscous as expected. Very light alcohol legs. Scent is weird. Blackberries, some breadiness and some spice. Very hard to pinpoint exactly what iím smelling. Weird. Itís this weird campfire smokiness, hint of funky barnyard acidic sourness and spices. Thereís some vanilla and fig taste as well. This may be the most unpleasant stout Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
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."

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