Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Wadsey:
2.53/5 rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
Served in DFH signature glass.
A: Pours black with a big tan head that sticks around for a few moments before settling to a skim atop the beer.
S: Spicy and licorice, smelling like Good & Plenty. Some damp wood. Slight menthol. Sedate roasted malts. At subthreshold of smell, may be citrusy hops.
T: Licorice pervades taste and runs roughshod over other characteristics. Sweet malt up front.
Medium bitterness. The finish is damp wood and a bit of roast, mixed, of course with licorice.
M: Fairly heavy beer with medium-light carbonation slick and mouthcoating. Also, warming and a little astringent.
O: Belgo Anise IRS is an experiment that has gone somewhat awry. The star anise would work well if it were used less liberally. As it is, we are dealing with a licorice bomb. And its drinkability rates poorly.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2011 03:29:32 | More by Wadsey
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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.
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