Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, licorice and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted black licorice flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout change of pace beer.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Draft. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some spicy yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, spicy yeast, grapefruit. Sticky medium-full body. Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a nice sweet soy sauce, with chocolate, a bit of licorice. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with aniseed, balanced and smooth. On tap at Belgian Beer Fest, Sept 10, 2011. Drake (13724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 It was hard for me to purchase this, as I think the regular Stone IRS is overrated, and I’ve heard it described as an anise bomb, which doesn’t sound appealing, but alas, it never showed up at a tasting as I had hoped, so here it is now. Bomber from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of hugh anise notes with a bit of roastiness. The taste is big anise notes, licorice, other spicy notes, chocolate, roasted malts and a hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. As I’ve heard, this is an anise bomb, and while this fits the bill, that means I don’t find it pleasant. I think I’ll be able to finish it, but I’m not 100% sure. It does get a tad bit better as the anise fades a bit near room temperature. BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, fizzy and frothy dark brown head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is perfume anise (licorice), faint vanilla, oak notes, roasted malt, and light coffee, burnt notes. As the beer warms, alcohol and floral hops become evident. Flavor is moderately sweet licorice with phenolic notes, medium-hot alcohol, and roasted, charcoal malt. Dark fruits (prune, fig, raisin) peak through leaving a tart, sweet, dark malt coating on the tongue. Full body, high warmth, average carbonation, and a dry finish. The alcohol really dries out the residual sweetness that would otherwise leave this beer cloyingly sweet. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages; it will likely become oxidized long before the beer really gets a chance to develop. This beer leaves me wanting some fruit cake or other Christmas-like desert.
kermis (13227) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours black with a thick brown head, looking like the original version but unfortunately it goes a little wrong after this. Aroma is dominated by anise and licorice, overpowering the normal aspects from the fantastic base beer. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Really not to my taste and not a patch on the regular Stone RIS. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coconut, Belgian yeast, raisins, and some chocolate. Flavor of yeast, light char, chocolate, roasted grain, some citrus, and raisins. Nice warming sensation as it goes down. Dogbrick (13006) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. Inky black pour with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Anise bread aroma with notes of yeast and malt. Full body with flavors of black jelly bean, spicy yeast, malt and herbs. The finish leaves a black licorice aftertaste. Probably a beer you will only appreciate if you are a fan of that particular flavor, and I am. Good brew. hopdog (12510) - 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. Camons (12435) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Thanks to Aaron for hanging on to this one for me!! Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of malt, chocalate, burnt caramel, licorice, pretty sweet but nice. Taste is malty, rich chocolate, loads of anise, licorice, nuts, light oak in the finish. Dont really get any belgian yeast flavors. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet sticking finish. 270212