brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
smelled of licorice, anise, chocolate, and gym socks. tasted like i was eating licorice in a locker room. not good
beersearcher (2382) - 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 (2823) - 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 (1052) - 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 (3933) - 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 (2032) - 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.