BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
A battering ram of black licorice flavor catapults this stout into complexity heaven. If we’re to draw up the math of this beer, on a chalkboard of sorts, we would see hints of coconut milk, loads of charred oak, and a cupboard full of bagged baking chocolate. This also tastes strongly of ouzo. Huzzah! FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
I have always been a big fan of the basic IRS. The belgo version underwhelmed a bit but this belgo anise is delightful. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge foamy dark brown head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was strong wood, anise, cocoa, vanilla, rum and licorice. The flavor was strong anise with moderate notes of oak, toasty malts, sweet chocolate syrup, rum, cream and marshmallow. The finish was very long sweet cocoa, vanilla and anise. Thick, full and amazingly creamy body. Wonderful. Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Sampled at Ekstedt’s Testing 11-12-02. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells and tastes licorice, roasted malt and soy with a similar finish. Very well balanced. TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2012
2011 "Odd Year Release". This is the first beer I decided to "age" and it’s been sitting in my beer fridge for right at a year now, so I felt it was a good choice for my 100th review. Pours a coffee black with a tiny brown head. Aromas of licorice, chocolate, coffee grounds, and some dark fruit. Tastes incredible, and seems to have mellowed out a bit over the past year compared to the regular Stone IRS I had bought at the same time. Oak comes through a tiny bit and it has a big time alcohol warmth. Very sticky on the tongue as well. This beer has some serious attitude. I’m going to assume that the lower ratings this beer has been getting are due to it being too young. Overall this is a solid imperial stout, only beef with it is the Belgian yeast doesn’t really shine. SLAINTE! thirstyrabbit (1849) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 16, 2012
2011 bottle. Very dark brown, almost black body with a medium tan head. Aroma has licorice and sweet black coffee. Thick and oily mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste has a mix of licorice, coffee and some dark chocolate. Finish is mildly woody and yeasty with a subtle bitterness. I don’t find the anise to be distracting - perhaps the aging has rounded it by now.
Roger60 (222) - - JAN 2, 2015
SB Växjö, flaska 2011 tror jag. Ligger i frysen för att skakas om lite :-). Framme nu. Troligen död men vi får se...Har en bunt Carnegie som ligger till sig... Fantastiskt skum mörkt och hotande. Choklad russin svagt av koriander. Bygger nog bakfylla fint. Citrus och anis (suprise). Fyller munnen med smak och nosen med arom. Skulle sparat ett år till. blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark belgian candy sugar aroma with some roasted malts. The flavor has roasted malts, candy sugar, belgian yeast, and some hoppy notes in the background. Very good, of the 4 Stone IRS variations I had, this one was my favorite. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 [Bottle] Deep black hue, solid head formation and retention. Predominantly cocoa chocolate on the nose, malty with some vanilla, licorice and white pepper. Palate is not too heavy for the style. There’s plenty of chocolate again, creamy almost like chocolate milkshake. Some nuttiness dries it out towards the end while there’s a typical stone balancing citrus in the finish. I’d heard of the anise being strong but really didn’t find it so, it seems to add a little more spice and complexity but seems to compliment the flavor profile rather than changing things. What is more noticeable is the oak flavor that really does add a nice extra smoothness. Alcohol is pretty subdued and secondary to all the flavor making this dangerously drinkable. tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Beautiful brew. Everything is in perfect balance. The anise is a little too powerful on the nose, but the taste is excellent. Big malt flavors, dark chocolate, light anise, and some nice sweetness throughout. Excellent brew, with a nice bittersweet finish. Better than the original. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Pours pitch black with a milk chocolate colored head. Smells strongly of anise, imparting a strong, sweet licorice flavor. Tastes like a super dry licorice and hints of oak and mild tartness. Full-bodied with a creamy, dry texture and no mouth-carbonation; Stone Belgo Anise Russian Imperial Stout finishes dry. Honestly, the oak chips I could have done without. They added a strange dryness that was off-putting, but the Belgian yeast added a nice tartness and the anise added the sweet licorice. Stone, don’t use the oak, too damn dry.