Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Fulkrum78:
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Beer pours dark as night with a dark brown head that is only there for an instant before it fades to lacing around the glass. I'm catching the anise right off the bat on the nose for this one - definitely a licorice component there. The flavor is... interesting. Licorice predominates, but the malt backbone is definitely there. A little coffee, and I can somewhat see the cocoa others mention. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. It's an interesting take on the original for sure, though I think this is one I will remember vs. revisit.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2011 06:35:05 | More by Fulkrum78
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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.