Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Manoftyr:
4.35/5 rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance-Pours black, not 'quite' motor-oil slick though, a sizable medium-tan head rises and bubbles its way back down to a film. Good lacing and legs.
Aroma-Huge notes of star anise and black licorice are immediately apparent, they weren't kidding when they said this beer screams it. I also pick up aromas of molasses, cocoa and coffee but its buried under there.
Taste-While the anise is still a star player it isn't nearly as huge as it is in the aroma, a good thing in my book. The first flavors are that of rich dark cocoa and black coffee which are cut almost immediately by the anise right before mid palette, plenty of licorice in there. The finish is the most 'blackly bitter' finish I've ever tasted on a beer; this is a pretty unique creation.
Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is full, but not lusciously so; the carbonation is between reserved and assertive, kind of neutral.
Overall/Drinkability-Well, if the goal was to make a beer that screams anise then Stone certainly accomplished what they set out to do. The anise character is a bit harsh, even if tasty and refreshing, so that makes this a slow sipper.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2011 23:28:15 | More by Manoftyr
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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.