Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JChristopher:
3.28/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
This is a highly unusual beer. It looks beautiful-- actually stunning-- in the glass. The smell is like the richest, darkest, and grittiest German rye bread you could imagine. Think incredibly dense. It sports a surprisingly nice head for a higher alcohol beer. It's color: a dark tan; wonderful. Now the taste right off of the bat was bizarre. It was very much like licorice with hints of vanilla and a strange smokiness. Honestly, it was off-putting at first. After letting it warm up a bit, I was surprised by the mellowing of the smokiness and the sweeter characters of the anise that had developed. the taste went from a B minus to a solid B plus, easily. Overall, it's a difficult rating, but if you're feeling adventurous-- eh, give it a try.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2011 01:17:09 | More by JChristopher
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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.