SanfordBrewer (1610) - 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 (679) - 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 (2608) - 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 topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle pours black with a brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, anise, and roasty malt. Flavor is fruity, chocolate, black licorice, some chocolate, and roasty malts. Rather dry finish with a lingering bit of spice. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2011
This starts off with a big anise and vanilla nose, there’s almost no roast aroma that gets through that punch. Pours an opaque black, with a thin dark tan head that fades quickly, leaving lacing behind. This is a well made beer. The flavors blend together and play off of each other. The anise balances the vanilla, and the roasted malts play off the woody oak. Slick on the palate, and no noticeable alcohol heat. About the only thing that could make this beer better is if it were cooler outside. I’ll be picking up some more of this in order to make this happen. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2011
First of all I hate anise. That being said this was really tasty. Smells like a black licorice stick. Tastes like chocolate covered licorice. I could get over hating licorice. highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Wow, what a great combo. Aroma is huge roasted malt, anise and sweetness. Black as night. Up front roastiness and then a big licorice hit as it warms. Unreal. Limgering malts keep coating the tongue. Really nice.