raphael (806) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This smells like something that shouldn’t be here, like mint, something medicinal? maybe its licorice, with milk chocolate, alcohol & dark fruit. dark tan head over darkest brown. not the thickest imp stout but a fine mouth feel..tasting makes the licorice definite, roast malt, a prune-oak sourness. must be hops but don’t know where.
way quirky beer. well-crafted, of course, but just a little bit not me.
Ron (2189) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at MacGregor’s. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of raisins, grapes, dates and licorice. Flavors of chocolate, raisins, prunes. Medium to light bubbles. Thick and sticky body. A little alcohol in the flavor.
alexanderj (3199) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap; poured a black with a brown head. Aroma of fruit, sugar, roasted malt, earth and sweet tarts. Flavors of licorice, earth, fruit, sugar, molasses, coffee and yeast. Unique, and relatively good tasting.
jlruthven (513) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a curiosity. On tap at Trapeze in Athens, GA. Served in a snifter, solid inky black with a ring of brown lacing around the edges. Absolutely impenetrable...the sun couldn’t sneak through this thing. Nose is ridiculously herbal: anise, sour wort, some roasted malts underlying. Taste is a little more subdued, with the usual chocolate and coffee tone of the basic Stone RIS, but with a more medicinal quality. This is, quite frankly, bizarre. I do want to try it again.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black hardly any head. Smells roasty hops chocolate spice nice. Good over all bit bitter nice taste.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap at the Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a rich chocolate brown. Lots of Belgium yeast flavors, bready, nice roasty-ness but the Belgium yeast take on one of my favorite brews is not really for me. I think a lot of others will like this.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: IRS 2010, Belgo
Date: October 06, 2010
Source: Duckworth’s Stone Tour
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, lots of phenolic spicyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of funky phenolic spicyness, light earthyness, winey fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is nearly black with a finger’s worth of tan head.
S: I don’t necessarily get all that much Belgian character, but plenty of RIS. Lots of licorice, raisins, dark chocolate, heavy roast, and coffee.
T: Firstly, the alcohol is nowhere near as potent as it usually is in a fresher batch of the IRS. Roast, lots of licorice, and perhaps more dark fruit and bread than I usually get in the regular version.
M: Fairly full bodied, but not syrupy or chewy. A low to moderate carbonation.
D: This was a nice one to try, but I think I prefer the original thing.
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is pitch black with a finger-wide bubbling tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, spices, and dirt. Flavor is of pure licorice juice (if that’s possible) with some hints of darker fruits and belgian spice. Way too heavy on the licorice which overpowers some of the milder, better flavors.