Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MattyG85:
4.4/5 rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter glass. 2011 bottle.
Appearance: Oily pitch black with no signs of color. Has a small two finger deep tan head that quickly fades into a small patch. Lacing is fairly light.
Smell: Aroma is strong up front with black licorice anise and mint. Also some dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Some light hints of dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol. Anise smell really stands out.
Taste: Anise is strong but blends in pretty well with the dark chocolate, coffee, and dark malts. Mint flavor is pretty strong. Belgian yeast is also stronger than the smell leads on. Light hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and oak. Overall a pretty spicy stout but fairly well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy. Moderate level of carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.
Overall: Far from a typical RIS but pretty good. The anise and mint are strong but not completely overwhelming. I happen to like black licorice so that probably is a factor.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2011 05:16:54 | More by MattyG85
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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.