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. OaklandBrewer (5) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 4, 2011 does not count
great head with subtle lace. tastes like german candy, the non sweet old lady kind. super black beer..... not in a racist way. not too boozy and hot. solid beer. TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2012
Pitch black, brown head.
Very spicy nose, roasted malts, lots of anise and licorice, coffee, mint, bay leaves, chocolate, wood, vanilla.
Medium sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Very rich taste, roasted malts, anise, licorice, vanilla, mint, spices, dark chocolate, coffee, earth, ashes.
An interesting new take on IRS.
(2011-12-23) BeerDisciples (13) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Nice pour, Nose is like a home brewed rootbeer, taste unique with spicy notes, roast, anise. I like this beer, I think this beer will age well. People will like this or not depending on if you like licorice smell or flavor. It wasn’t overwhelming but was present. I enjoyed this beer. Beer Disciples Rating: A- 94/100 Nice job Stone mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Big, bold, black, and very aggressive. You’ll need a few pours to fit all this in one glass. The smell is nearly all anise, with some wood. It’s quite creamy with a lot of that black licorice flavor, dry wood, roasted malt, spicy hops. Outstanding lacing lures you in to try to find more flavors, the ones more common in a Russian Imperial Stout. If you hunt, you will pick up some of the currants, chocolate, coffee, but the anise is the real star here. I could see where some say it’s overpowering, but I love the flavor, so it’s working for me. The 10.5% ABV warms through the finish, along with a fun bitter bite.
Another unique, tasty brew from Stone. But you have to love anise to love this. If you don’t, you will hate it.
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bomber into snifter. Pours coal black with a medium dark tan head with excellent retention; lace could be better. Aroma is full of chocolate, licorice, booze, bread--very nice. Taste starts out sweet but quickly turns bitter; very strong licorice flavor--I love it. Texture is thick and oily, body is full, and the carbonation is medium. Awesome and in your face. I can see why this might be too much for some folks, but this is pure deliciousness to me. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Aroma is the usual stone imperial stout aroma with a nice hint of anise. I’m not usually a black licorice fan, but it REALLY works with the flavors in this beer. The flavor is their delicious roasted caramel coffee stout, with just enough black licorice to make it interesting. Nice moderate carbonation, with a fairly sweet yet dry finish. kra303 (8) - Carbondale, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011 does not count
Pours black like molasses, beautiful cream soda colored head, lacing not thick, but could be my glass, very! distinct aroma of anise, not a huge fan of anise personally-so for me a bit much; with that being said big roasted, toasted stout character that balances the anise. I wouldn’t change a thing about this beer b/c there are so many black licorice fans & for what it is, its perfectly balanced. Just a bit much for me. seraphimj (10) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Deep dark beer. Lovely licorice and chocolate aroma. Smooth texture and complex flavor. Taste changes as you drink it--chocolate flavors become more prominent. Beautiful. Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
his is Stone’s Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout ale brewed with anise, oak chips, and Belgian yeast. Pours a very dark brown/black with a decent light brown head. Roasted malts and sweet caramel malts are the most noticeable. You can also pick up some fruit sweetness from the Anise. Wow does this beer have flavor! There are so many heavy robust flavors including roasted malts, anise, cocoa, yeast, and you can definitely pick up the oak as well. A great sipping beer and well worth the $7. I think this is the first beer I’ve ever had that’s been worthy of a "10" in taste. A must try!