PorterPounder (8283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof Bar - on tap. Dark black motor oil pour, thick khaki head, excellent thick lacing. Aroma has a hint of pepper, some licorice, very green and organic. Flavor is a big departure from typical Imperial Stouts. Pick up some peppers, licorice, Carbona furniture cleaner, anise seed. Finish of peppermint and chocolate. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Overall, odd, but enjoyable. southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Just don’t know what Stone is thinking about. I don’t understand why they would bother to bottle this stuff. The nose is actually quite pleasant and the appearance is misleadingly good. But the taste doesn’t work for me and I’m pouring it out and opening a Stone Russian Imperial Stout to wash away the memory. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2011
This one didn’t work for me. The licorice and malt aromas were a strange combination. The anise taste overtakes the rest of the flavors. I was looking forward to what the Belgian yeast would do, but I may never know. A noticeable astringent dryness in the finish, maybe due from the oak chips. I love experiments, but I love Stone Imp Russ stout just the way it is. robertjm (898) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Has this thick look to it as it’s pouring into the glass. Somewhat rocky head the color of light brown sugar. Dark body. While not overpowering, there’s definitely an aroma of black licorice (from the anise) there. Flavors of roasted malts and anise. The anise definitely gives it a unique flavor. Thick syrupy thickness in the mouthfeel. Roastiness in the aftertaste. Definitely like this one! trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Pours black, with a dark tan head. Anise, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose -- the anise really stands out in here. Flavor is the same good old Stone IRS, but overpowered by the anise. They really put too much of the stuff in here, and it’s seriously to the beer’s detriment. Too bad -- the Belgo line is 0-for-2 in my book.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Pours black as hell. Has a nice brown head that quickly fades to a nice collar. Aroma has notes of belgian spices and roast malts but a blend of oak and heavy anise/licorice dominate to my nose with a touch of alcohol. Taste is again heavy with anise, some oak, lightly warm alcohol and then just touches of fruits, belgain spice notes, roast and some chocolate with a solid bitter finish. Mouthfeel is spot on with a long finish. I prefer the regular version over this but it’s an interesting twist. I would like to see how it ages out. yackery (168) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Draught at Beachwood BBQ for $6.50 and a 12 oz glass. A shade shy of opaque with a persistent thin layer of head and lots of lacing, the aroma is stout and anise. Very nice if you like it - and I like it. Taste carries the anise. Palate is full and creamy. Nice. brikelly (42) - 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: don’t 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. BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
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. iguanodon (155) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Pours opaque black with a thick tan head, good lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, maybe some licorice. Taste is licorice, coffee, chocolate, in that order. Nice full body. Another interesting beer from Stone, but a bit too sweet for my taste.