Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by CrystalShipMS3:
3.85/5 rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"2011 'odd year' release"
It certainly is odd. There's a funk to the smell. Sort of woody with licorice.
Pours oil-black. Very thick. Holds some of the head but the high alcohol content mostly does away with it. Looks sticky. It is sticky. Very sticky.
This is a sipping beer. It would be tough to pair it with food, sort of a palate wrecker. Big bold dark malt right up front. The licorice pretty much punches you in the face just to get noticed. Maybe a little overwhelming at first but you get used to the beatings. There is a definite woodyness to it but its pretty subtle. There's some dark fruit flavor too, but not much. Leaves a somewhat sour then coffee-bitter aftertaste. It's good but as with most Stone brews it seems unabashedly unbalanced which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Doesn't quite work as well with this beer as it does with their others.
Highly carbonated. It's stings a bit, but not in an especially bad way. It's a bold beer so this quality fits it.
Overall it's a good but one glass is plenty. Not my favorite from the stone family, but it's an interesting take on the imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2012 22:53:16 | More by CrystalShipMS3
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3.43/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
22 oz 2011 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours near black and sits black and opaque in the glass. Small bubbly head sonn retreats but some lacing is provided.
Aroma: sweet, woodsy with a hint of vanilla.
Flavor: robust and rich with a very obvious contribution from the anise, a more moderate impact of the oak, and some funky-fruity aspects from the Belgian yeast. Probably less sweet than the anise makes it seem, but seems a little too sweet.
Feel: full body with soft, medium-low carbonation.
O: interesting but the special treatmnet is heavy handed, making a big step in the wrong direction from the excellent, better balanced, 'regular' Stome RIS which I last had less than 48 hours ago.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 23:52:47 | More by chinchill
3.81/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a brownish, almost blackish body with decent head and lace patches. Hate to say it but the "jager" comparisons hold some validity as it has that overpowering licorice/anise type aroma and is dominant in the taste. That being said, I didn't find that to be the only aromatic or taste sensation and I wouldn't call this beer a disaster (just not a fave of mine). There are also touches of dark chocolate and some other sticky, almost syrupy sugary malt goodness in the aroma and taste. Smooth beer, lighter body for a stout, actually easy to drink and overall isn't bad but sometimes the sweetness, especially that "jager" aspect, become to much at times. Worth trying but not something I will try to find again (which won't be hard).
Serving type: on-tap
01-18-2014 16:12:56 | More by clayrock81
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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