LearninBeer (373) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is anise black licorice and a hint of belgium yeast. Pours almost black, thought I saw a hint of red while pouring. The taste is bitter - heavy. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft, the finish very bitter. Very good, not a big anise fan, but I am a big Imperial Stout fan.
jercraigs (7744) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014-07-23. Black body with a nice modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is richly anise, over a dark malty core. 7++ Flavour has rich dark malt core, good amount of anise character throughout. Fairly bitter, bitterness lingers. Moderate Belgian yeast undertones. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3++ Nice but the anise is a bit strong even for me, and I quite like anise. Bottle via Bartowel trade with dmitsI>
VastActiv (2778) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 30122011. Colour is black with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, anise, sweetness, coffee and roasted malts.
Habanero (2544) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with an average brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, anise, coffee, wood, licorice and roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Impy.
Martinus (2782) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, soy, dry dog food and a hint of anise. Flavour anise, liquorice, malts and roasted malts. Quite full body. Finish anise, liquorice, roasted malts, hint of coffee.
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Shared by Jeff, thanks!)
Svesse (6065) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, creamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, anise, black rye bread, dried fruit, soy sauce and spices (ginger?). Malty, roasted taste with anise, liquorice, chocolate, black rye bread, prunes, raisins, cacao and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a smooth and rounded mouthfeel. A certain sweetness coming through. Lots of anise and liquorice character, but itís very well balanced despite the alcohol level and the spicy Belgian yeast character. Very nice.
ansermadide (1518) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged 3 years (2011 vintage): I really wanted to age this longer, but itís more important that I make room in my cellar. So, with a heavy but happy heart, I am now privileging myself to this heavy but happy ale. Its brown head is still full, but bubbly, and relinquishes itself after a minute or two upon the deep, black-colored surface. The nose is still strong and potent with notes of alcohol and roasted malts, but with a strikingly unique blend of Belgian yeast and anise. Two flavors that are distinct enough on their own to dominate a beer have actually blended very well over three years to create a soft, but sharp, character that is no longer subject to my complaints of either.
Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
Overall, the aroma is soft and sweet, with a touch of alcohol, roasted malts and chocolate forming the base. Itís wildly different once you take a drink, and although itís so strongly flavored at first it really rolls over the tongue in such an almost velvety way that you can forgive what feels like a hoard of Belgian yeast spores dragging bitter chocolate and anise-laden roasted malts across a charred, almost smoky tongue. Itís full, yet light in an almost fruity way, reminding me of a sweet, but full-bodied wine. The Belgian yeast seems to be walking an extremely straight line here, and has yet to tip into any uncomfortable territory. It really is a nice blend of not only the yeast and anise flavors, but also the yeast and roasted malt flavors. Itís bright for such a dark beer, and actually tastes like it could easily age for another few years.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 11-20-2011. When poured, this bottled beer has a medium sized fizzy tan head with a short retention, opaque body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, roasted, chocolate, sweet, and anise. The flavor is sweet, pine hops, malt, roasted, anise, alcohol, and anise. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium-full bodied. This is a sipping beer, some alcohol comes out in the flavor and a beer worth trying.
rxeight (1278) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just finished up a 08, 11-14 vertical of regular. This was the worst of the bunch. Held onto it thinking the licorice would drop off. No. Still smells line licorice and tastes like licorice. Decent. But the variation adds nothing but subtracts quite a but.
HeadyDE (499) - Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber pour..2011 odd year..fairly black color with a mocha/tan head..small bubbles atop a larger than expected head..aroma is not the highlight here with stout qualities and as others have stated a somewhat bandaid like presence. mouthfeel is quite creamy and vanilla heavy with roasty qualities..not getting as much of the licorice like stuff from the anise..definitely an interesting offering with some dark fruity plum..mandarin orange in the fray as well...ok..but not on par with the regular ris...
chinchill (1774) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 22 oz 2011 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours near black and sits black and opaque in the glass. Small bubbly head sonn retreats but some lacing is provided.
Aroma: sweet, woodsy with a hint of vanilla.
Flavor: robust and rich with a very obvious contribution from the anise, a more moderate impact of the oak, and some funky-fruity aspects from the Belgian yeast. Probably less sweet than the anise makes it seem, but seems a little too sweet.
Feel: full body with soft, medium-low carbonation.
O: interesting but a big step in the wrong direction from the excellent, better balanced, íregularí Imp. Stout which I last had less than 48 hours ago.