Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Proteus93:
2.2/5 rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
A: The fairly typical looking imperial stout... jet black, brown head, retention is good. There's not a whole lot more going that makes it stand out from others.
S + T: As soon as I cracked the bottle and started the pour, the heavy anise aroma filled the air. Some of the chocolate scents that I would normally associate with the stout are there, but overwhelmed by the licorice-like smell wafting from the pour. The flavour is very much the same... hints of chocolate, and maybe even a little touch of dark fruit, but it's so buried by anise that it is not really worth mention. The alcohol comes out quite a bit as it warms, and doesn't help matters. It's very intense, enough so that it is coming across more like Ouzo or Sambuca than it is a stout, and that's unfortunate.
M + D: While the scent and flavour could be attributed to going a little too far with an ingredient, the mouthfeel is a different story. It's fairly thin, which goes on to add to the experience being more like an anise apertif. The hot finish of booze concludes the experience as a rather unpleasant one. The vanilla notes from oak aging and the delicate nuances of Belgian yeast seem wasted here. I am very fond of Stone products, their stout being no exception. However, this was a very unpleasant experience, and that really bums me out.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2011 01:47:11 | More by Proteus93
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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.