DrnkMcDermott (2781) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle, of course, from Binny’s, $6.99, not that it matters now. Think I’ll pop this sooner than later, as anise is not one of my friends, just like pineapple and cilantro. Got a nice, small goblet for Kentucky BBA Ale, so that should be good glassware. Cap came off a bit too easily, with a slight psst. Doesn’t seem to be oxidation in the headspace, though. Pours a brownish-black, with fizzy brown foam. Smell, at least, is not overpowering as other reviewers have said. Kind of a sweet nose, with licorice candy to it, and a bit of stout roastiness. Taste does have a bit of oxidation, giving a sherry note. Nice mellow malt taste, fizzy as a coffee soda. Licorice taste remains in support. Alcohol does not seem too strong, I just know I’ll feel it much later. So it doesn’t have the coffee, roast and alcohol blast of a Dark Lord, perhaps I should try to say what the Belgian yeast adds to the mix, but it just seems like its own little beer, to be enjoyed now and then nevermore.
VastActiv (2655) - 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 (2490) - 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 (2744) - 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 (6044) - Hässelby, 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 it’s very well balanced despite the alcohol level and the spicy Belgian yeast character. Very nice.
ansermadide (1513) - 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 it’s 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. It’s wildly different once you take a drink, and although it’s 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. It’s 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. It’s bright for such a dark beer, and actually tastes like it could easily age for another few years.
hotstuff (4058) - 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 (1232) - 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 (483) - 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 (1714) - 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, ’regular’ Imp. Stout which I last had less than 48 hours ago.
ThirstyBird (1486) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jef @RBBWG14! Pours dark brown with orange highlights. And a tiny head. The smell is anise, dark roasted malt, chocolate. The taste is dark fruit, anise, dark roasted malt. The body is medium with active carbonation.