Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Lemke10:
4.6/5 rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I bought a single 1PT.6FL.OZ. bottle from Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $6.99 in Summer 2011.
This is Stone's Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout ale brewed with anise, oak chips, and belgian yeast. Pours a very dark brown/black with a decent light brown head. Raosted malts and sweet carmel malts are the most noticeable. You can also pick up some fruit sweetness from the Anise. Wow does this beer have flavor! There are so many heavy robust flavors including roasted malts, anise, cocoa, yeast, and you can defiently pick up the oak as well. A great sipping beer and well worth the $7. I think this is the first beer I've ever had that's been worthy of a "5" in taste. A must try!
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2011 01:38:21 | More by Lemke10
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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.
80 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.