TBone (18054) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2012
Bottled 0,65l (Beer Hunters, vintage 2011)jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Dark opaque color, nice brown head. Strong aroma of licorice, coffee and anise. Full-bodied, soft palate. Sweetish, loads of licorice, some roasted malts and anise. Long licoricey aftertaste. A bit cloying, otherwise nice beer.
Bottle. Pours black. Brown head. Nose of smoke honey roasted chocolate, anise, black licorice and soy sauce. Taste of mostly star anise and smoked black malt. Some wood and Belgian yeast. Medium body. Anise really overpowers the palate. Lots and lots of anise and black licorice. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
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. Benzai (16528) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, decent beige head. Smell some sweetness and some anise and vanilla. It doesn’t really taste that special, just like an ordinary decent Imperial Stout. bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours really brown/black with a pretty dark tan creamy/bubbly head. Damn! Aroma smells like liquorice, coffee and burnt malt. Whoosh! Full bodied. Creamy carbonation. It’s very, very smooth burnt malt with some sweet dark sugar/fruit background, but up front it’s really, really anise. Oak? Hints. This is really strong and imaginative. Or else somebody had a major accident. I have run out of things to say.
Scopey (15471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from Cali Road trip. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, milk chocolate, toffee, salted liquorice, light sulphur, soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, spice, earth, light tang, dark fruit, chocolate, varnish, toast, salted liquorice and alcohol warmth with a dry, somewhat spicy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tasty, but not a patch on the regular version. djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bomber. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that leaves thin ring around the glass. The aroma is black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, and oak. Thin mouthfeel with a creamy malt and light roast flavor with oak and licorice in the finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well. A very good Imperial stout from Stone. Ratman197 (15216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of anise, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light oak and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smoth. Flavors of anise, roasted malt, dark chocolate, smoke and light oak with a smoth lingering chocolate anise finish. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Licorice, anis - too much anis, burned malts, light yeasty, light oakey notes, sharpness, phenolic notes, sweetness, chocolate. Not really balanced. DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks beerandbeyond. Black with a bit of light brown foam. Slightly weird aroma with yeast, chocolate wet/damp wood and a bit of anise. Sweet roasty flavor with chocolate, a bit of licorice, alcohol , some yeast and wood notes. Medium to full-bodied. Pretty weird but still not so bad.