achilles4481 (11) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Tastes exactly like it sounds. Classicly good Imperial Stout w/ a taste of Belgium. As is typical with Stone-- very good. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Beautiful black pour with thick mocha brown head. Aroma is super herbal with black licorice (jaegermeister) and mushrooms. Taste is mild roast and chocolate with a big anise finish. Nowhere near as good as the original in my opinion. Ill besticking to regular IRS. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
03 June 2011
I first had this beer on draft at Stone during their press announcement regarding their expansion plans. I enjoyed it and appreciated that the anise flavor was not predominant. Today I had it from the bottle and was overwhelmed by the anise (I’m not fond of anise) nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle from Papago. Love the packaging. Pours like an oil slick with a firm brown head. The aroma is dominated by anise. The yeast is also masqued by the anise, but the malt stands up and adds an earthy flavor. Hearty with added notes of cocoa from the base beer, but there’s a green Nyquil note from the anise that tainted this for me. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle opens with a hiss, and a thick black sludgy liquid is poured into my Stone IRS Glass. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is licorice and anise forward, with undertones of chocolate, roasted barley, malt, brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Taste has a lot of absinthe-like anise, licorice notes which numb the tongue and hide the normally huge chocolate, roast, and alcohol components of this beer. The antiseptic effect of the anise has totally overpowered the belgo yeast strain used in the beer, but the effect is very unique and enjoyable. Once the numbing of the anise has subdued alcohol and raw herbal flavors linger at the tip of the tongue. These Stone Odd Year releases are a nice change, and I hope to see more of them coming in the future.
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours a black, cola brown colour. Aroma of sourness, funk, dark fruits, coffee, malt, char, roast, sweet caramel. Flavour is the same but with a bit more fruitiness. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, fruity, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits. Tastes of the same fruitiness, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, and roast. Alcohol content overall well hidden. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Deep black pour. The nose is quite peppery and licorice-like. Roasty and peppery on the nose. Lots and lots of ethanol. A little bit of fairly muted dried fruit. Quite Belgian tasting. Soft fruit and pepper over a dry roasted barley base. Fruity as it warms up as well. Really quite unique. Dry and well-attenuated with a lingering spiciness on the finish. Warming, unique and pretty good. It definitely needs to warm up to really appreciate it though. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a deep, dark brown bordering on black with a thin light mocha head and not too much lacing. Nose is primarily chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. Some spicy esters make their way in, although they weren’t readily identifiable to me. Taste brings the flavors together a bit more, with some dark fruit and a hint of spice coming through behind roasted chocolate and hints of espresso. Mouthfeel is quite nice and creamy, with a good level of carbonation. Drinks pretty well, although like Matt said, there were too many beers to get all but the absolute best more than once.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010 cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore
A-jet black color with a dark tan colored head.
S-fruity belgian yeast with notes of lemon pepper, hints of windex with sprinkles of chocolate.
T-more lemon pepper spicy yeast in the flavor than the nose, roasted malts make an appearance with some dark fruity sweetness and a light note of stale coffee and bitterness.
M-this has a medium body with a creamy feel, a little messy towards the back with a moderate carbonation and a crisp semi-dry finish.
D-balanced and different with a fruity sweetness and nice spice to it. interesting beer and very different, not mind blowing and a lighter body that I would like but good.