Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Casey10:
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got one of these and am glad I had it not as good as a the regular ris but not bad not the less.
Keep in mind as others have said if you don't like black liquoris then you may not like this at all. I didn't know waht anise is or what the taste created but I do know.
I liked this it is strong and tastes nice.
I am also glad that a company like stone will think outside the box and try different things. I am gald that they made the regular version as opposed to what the original plan was to make that every other year.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2011 03:02:15 | More by Casey10
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1.84/5 rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1
Consumed May 26th, 2014 from a cellared bottle. Kept in a dark refrigerator at about 50 degrees since purchase. Serving temp about 50 degrees F.
Appearance is about one brown shade short of being black. No highlights. Mocha-colored head about a finger tall forms then provides sticky sheeting throughout the rest of the glass.
Aroma is weird: herbal, peppery and slightly medicinal more than anything else. A slight cocoa note at the end of the whiff. Is this what anise devolves into in three years?
Flavor is strange and, for the most part, disagreeable. Up front is a slightly sour, slightly tart fruit note. Stout characters (chocolate, coffee, roasted malts) are almost completely absent. Slightly powdery, yeasty floral note on the finish. Aftertaste of old, sour coffee. Wretched. As others have said, it is like putting a shot of Jägermeister in your beer.
Mouthfeel is slightly thick and there is some alcohol heat, but it took some effort to stop wincing and focus on this instead of the flavor.
I recall not liking this beer fresh and age has done nothing to change that. I'm not surprised they didn't re-brew this one. What surprises me is that it was released at all.
I poured out the remainder of the bottle after about five or six sips. Revolting.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 19:47:49 | More by charlzm
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.