patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 bottle - Pours black with a lingering tan head. The aroma has obvious anise present along with chocolate and roast malt. It tastes of sweet chocolate malt and anise. The sweetness is balanced by the dark roast flavors and finishing hops bitterness. This full bodied brew is an excellent quaff. Personally I didn’t think the anise was over done at all. Superb!
Subsequent tasting: Bigger anise notes, a little much... it’s not quite as superb as before but still an excellent brew. I’ll knock a tenth off the score. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2011
A rich and extremely sweet aroma with a hint of chocolate. Looks nice, but the head goes fast. The body is good, but a bit too much on the sweet side. Actually not as thick as I expected or remembered from the regular Stone stout. Disappointingly I’m not really getting much black licorice as I’d hoped.
Okay, so I said things to soon. When I was trying to taste the anise, I didn’t see it, but after I just started drinking the beer, the licorice was completely obvious. Pretty good. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22oz bottle-thanks Fitz-pours black with a rich brown head. Aroma is rich dark malt-roasty, resin/spice. Taste is rich dark malt-anise/roasty/chocolate, resin/spice hops with some bite. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
(Bottled, 0.65l, rated 2011-12-27) Very dark brown with a medium, beige head. Strongly cough-medicinal, anis-licoricey aroma with plenty of malt. Very salty-licoricey flavor is well balanced with bitterness, which only surfaces lightly in the finish. Alcohol fully hidden. Quite full body, smooth and drinkable in small doses. A quite intensive experience, and a very pleasant one, too. Make sure you share this in good company, though. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Opaque black with a dense brown head. Soft but clingy full body with medium-high carbonation.
HopTsing (575) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Aroma: rich black malt, dark chocolate, and orangey anise.
Taste: black malt, dark chocolate, warm alcohol, bright anise, and an unexpected hard-to-describe belgian dubbel quality obviously due to the yeast.
From the tap came a very dark brew with a thin, dark brown head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, anise, and a hint of raspberry. Full bodied with rich malt and chocolate flavors with a nice hint of anise. TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Had at the stone tasting in NY at Rattle n’ Hum with James and Andrew. Pour was a dark body with some off white head. The aroma seemed to be a bit smokey, with hints of hops. The flavor was more bitter than expected, in a good way. full of dark hops and yeast. very enjoyable indeed. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Wow, a very surprising beer here. I was expecting to hate it, but low and behold, I’m quite digging this. Huge anise character all around...it’s at the forefront of the nose and with vibrant character..its at the forefront of the flavors as well, but it blends with the thick maltiness in an amazingly good way...its like a imperial stout sambuca, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that idea, nor how it has played out in this beer. Luckily enough, there’s such thick maltiness and such vibrant anise character than any gross phenols from the belgian yeast are not detectible at all...though it may be what’s back up and chunkifying the anise character, but that’s cool as fuck here. Very redeeming beer for Stone, and I suppose I’m just a little speechless...maybe it’ll wear on my palate after a full bottle and I can make fun of Stone then...we’ll see. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and anise. Taste is anise and coffee and chocolate, anise finish. Would be very interested to see how it ages. ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2011
real fruity belgian yeast like, with the anise coming through as well slight chocolate and coffee as well, first taste starts very coffee like then goes to a liquorice or anise rather, and finishes with a slight bitterness, too much anise in my mind