pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Stone belgo IRS on tap at Logan Square smallbar for stone takes over the taps... Pours a darker deep
black with a solid khaki head... Aroma of spicy sage or other vegetal notes perhaps attributed to the yeast strain?
as well as licorice and chocolate. Thought I was smelling madmen at first but the yeast
applied here just doesn’t seem to work and eventually comes off as odd .... Flavors are unfortunately
a continuation of the same with more pronounced emphasis on chocolate, anise, and spicy yeast which was a major detractor.
licorice, and vegetal spiced noted. Hard to drink that’s for sure.
6/4/6/3/13 southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Just don’t know what Stone is thinking about. I don’t understand why they would bother to bottle this stuff. The nose is actually quite pleasant and the appearance is misleadingly good. But the taste doesn’t work for me and I’m pouring it out and opening a Stone Russian Imperial Stout to wash away the memory. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bottle. This is certainly a Stone beer. Not sure where the beer is though as the Anise, Oak and Belgian Yeast character really just take over any malt or hop presence. Very strong anise aroma... black licorice all the way, slick and oily. Flavor follows with some dark chocolate cookie flavor, odd ester yeast profile and lots of fresh super woody oak, but the anise is number one, sweet and candy like, just odd. Not sticky but big and fluffy, a big sticky on the finish. Odd. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Pours black with an think chocolate-graham cracker head. Aroma is belgian yeast, licorice, anise, dark chocolate. Flavor is certainly complex. Dark chocolate bitterness, biting belgian yeast, a bit too much anise; the oak chip flavor is nice though. I’m not sure about this beer. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great; it doesn’t come close to the original. zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a bubbly khaki head. Licorice dominates the nose with hints of coffee, chocolate, and smoke underneath. At first I taste lots of bitter chocolate but very quickly the licorice comes through. It is a bit overpowering in my opinion. While not bad, I can’t say I would try this one again.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Pour is opaque and nearly black with a dark tan, pillowy, creamy, fairly large head; it diminishes in some time with fair lacing. The nose is completely anise dominant very Sambuca-like; other notes of dark chocolate and chicory, earthy coffee, light dark breads. The flavor starts Sambuca-like still, dark roast sets in, bakers’ chocolate, oak is prominent, and still bread with some currant notes. The palate is of course motor oil thick, warming throughout, soft to lively, slick and oily - the one thing from the original that has not changed. The beer finishes with anise still dominating, some roast, burnt bread, and an earthy presence. It pours like the original, it has the feel of the original, but the nose and taste are completely different. I know the original is an in your face, viscous, motor oil of an IS which is always better with significant age, but........ This one is completely anise driven, every other note is hard to find and deep underneath the Sambuca-like anise notes. The oak comes through in the flavor and does well with subsiding some anise, but the Belgian yeast is unnoticed to me in this stage of the beer’s progression. Love Stone and their attempts at originality but this one needs to eliminate the anise. First Stone beer I could not finish. The "Odd year" releases have been less than appealing. DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours dark brownish black with fizzy khaki head. Nose is dark malt, licorice, dank dusty esters of a dzark fruity variety. Tastes of liquid black licorice, with the anise getting heavier in the nose as it warms. Finishes a bit hot, yeasty, and licoricey, and is a bit offputting for me. This one just may prove that anise should stay in the chewy candy realm. joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Draft @ Coalhouse PIzza in Stamford, CT. Looks like a typical stout minus the lacing throughout the drink. Combining anise with a stout is an interesting move, but due to this beer’s texture, I get the feeling that anise syrup was used in this beer, thus taking away from the enjoyment of this beer. Not bad, but not worth searching for. bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
22 oz bottle. Mahogany with a brief tan head leaving bits. Nose is chocolate, anise, vanilla and prune. Silky medium body with a soft sparkle. Holy black jellybeans! Lots of licorice and raisin with a solid backing of espresso and dark chocolate jw0406 (1304) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2012
22 oz bomber pours a dark black color with a medium a tan head. Aromas of licorice, roasted malt sugar. Full bodied, licorice dominates, a little to cough syrupy for my taste. Unique