Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by asabreed:
3.78/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.
Appearance: Like a Stone RIS is and most likely always will be. Opaque with a good amount of bubbles, sans ring of retention, and some dripping raindrops slowly descending their way to the bottom.
Smell: Stone's RIS with not a lot of anise, or not as much as I'd hoped and / or anticipated on. Star anise seems like something that's only fit for a certain amount of brews, and I'm not sure an RIS is one of them.
Taste: Again, an RIS, with maybe a hint of anise in it, as far as I'm concerned. Belgian yeast? What's the point? Is it adding anything? I really don't think so. That said: I like what's happening.
Mouthfeel: As big as always, with a nice creaminess to the carbonation.
Drinkability: For around $6 or $7, it's worth a shot if you're a Stone RIS fan. Just don't think you're getting something that'll blow you away. A novelty beer that makes its case to be more than that, but not MUCH more than that.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2011 03:30:53 | More by asabreed
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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.