Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SWMeyer4141:
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
I have very low standards for this beer because of all the forum bashing and some pretty poor reviews. I have two bottles so I figure I'd try one fresh considering this may never get brewed again.
About 12 oz poured into a Snifter...
Appearance-Black, Pitch Black. Beautiful 2 Finger mocha head. Some tight bubbles and some big bubbles popping slowly on top. Just what I want in an Imperial Stout, look doesn't get that much better.
Smell-As I've heard from others, this definitely has a big time Anise aroma. Peppermint, Licorice. Some light chocolate malt and light oak is creeping through, but it's just very very overpowered by the anise. I'm not going to say it's a horrible aroma, but it's just not what you're looking for in a Big Stout.
Taste-Upon first sip I actually got some Chocolate and Oak before the Anise just blows you away and I guess you can say ruins the beer. Along with the anise I get a fair amount of hops, and hops and licorice don't go very well. As it warms the Anise comes through just as much, and then you start getting some booze as well and it starts becoming pretty much a mess.
Mouthfeel-Creamy, Coats the tongue. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall-I finished the bomber. I tried extremely hard to like this beer and I don't regret buying two bottles. It was a nice attempt and anise/licorice taste works in Stouts, just not this much. The one thing I just can't figure out is why Stone would release this beer. I still don't think any less of Stone.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2011 23:48:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
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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
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
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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