Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with notes of fennel/anise, alcohol, vanilla, plastic.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Somewhat rough and simple. Prominent anise note. Boozy and syrupy sweet. Only marginally better than the regular Impy Stout. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Draft at Closed for Business.This is some nasty stuff! Black pour with a thin tan head. Anise smell (ugh). Anise taste (Ugh). Hand this to the wife who loves it. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On draft at Vine and Barley. Dark pour with very minimal head. Aroma and flavor on this one was just too confusing for me. Nothing seemed to match up and it just seemed very unbalanced. Borresteijn (6959) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer Temple. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of anise, Dutch liquorice and loads of it. Flavour of roasted malts, but mainly anise and Dutch liquorice. Sweet. Medium to fullbodied, cloying, too sweet, too much anise. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2011
This Stone didn’t work for me. The licorice and malt aromas were a strange combination. The anise taste overtakes the rest of the flavors. I was looking forward to what the Belgian yeast would do.
Pours black, with a dark tan head. Anise, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose. The anise really stands out in here. Flavor is the same good old Stone IRS, but overpowered by the anise. They really put too much of the stuff in here, I couldn’t finish it. Bomber was split, And didn’t go over well with my friends. I am Amazed it gets such a good rating.
harrisoni (18407) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
At Chriso New Year 2011/12 tasting. Black beer lasting thick beige head. Aniseed on aroma. Yes too much aniseed some decent impy stout but ruined one of my favourite beers with the anise KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/9/2011. Served on tap at Bangers & Lace in a tasting glass.
The glass is black through with just a touch of mahogany at the edge. A nice creamy head laces up the glass with each sip.
Belgian yeast and tons of black licorice flood the nose, overpowering the roasted malt and obliterating the dark fruits I was expecting.
Up front I am graced with a quick molasses sweetness, but this is mostly black licorice, unfortunately. Wave after wave of anise lash my tongue, crushing my hopes of having an interesting new take on the IRS.
This has a medium body for the style. It feels lighter than the original because of the cutting anise flavor and acrid nature of the beer. Smooth, creamy carbonation cannot save this from the flavor.
Overall, this is definitely worse than the (phenomenal) regular Stone Imperial Stout. I would not order this again, and I would venture to say this is one of the worst offerings I have ever had from Stone. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on September 14th, 2012.beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Appearance: Pours dark brown with read head.
Aroma: Aroma of coffee, licorice.
Taste: Faint hop, coffee, too much licorice sweetness.
Palate: Medium body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: This is a well made beer but the amount of licorice is just too much for me, and I enjoy licorice. Only could drink 4-5 ounces of it.
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 Black pour with a full thick creamy tan head and sheets of lace clinging to the glass. Smells of chocolate and loads of licorice, anise, coffee, and subtle hints of oak. The anise is really strong in the aroma and is really dominate. Chocolate, loads of anise and licorice, coffee, belgian yeast, booze, and spices. The anise is so strong and overpowering that it turns this beer rather one dimensional. A bitter burnt roasted malt and spicy finish. One needs to love licorice in order to really appreciate this. Just way too much licorice for me. drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
smelled of licorice, anise, chocolate, and gym socks. tasted like i was eating licorice in a locker room. not good