Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RickS95:
3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours pitch black and thick, just the way I like it. Only slightly thinner than spent oil. The head is a light-ish brown, but it's pretty thin and that's the only thing holding it back from being a 5.
The nose picks up some bittersweet chocolate and the smoky oak.
There is a medicinal quality to the taste. I can pick up the Belgian yeast, but I don't know what anise tastes or smells like, so I can't really comment on that. In the finish, the alcohol makes an appearance.
There's almost too much happening to the palate. It's sweet, bitter, funky, earthy, hot, spicy...all at the same time. There's just too much going on for me and it takes away from the drinking experience.
This isn't as good as the regular Imperial Russian Stout, but it's still a good beer. It takes a bit to get used to and maybe some aging will tame it a bit.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2011 03:42:27 | More by RickS95
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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.