mcnealc31 (258) - 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 (2690) - 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 (95) - 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 (996) - 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! 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 (8308) - 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. TomTron (462) - 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! Roger60 (272) - - 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.