Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by californiakebab:
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured this jet black monster into a pint glass, revealing a dark tan, almost purple cranium that instantly glues itself on the side. Schnoz in the glass tells me this aroma is really tough to pin down. At first I'm smelling alfalfa and hay, then it turns into a roasty, almost tobacco, or something. My buddy says paint, I could see that. Now I'm smelling aged wood and some light vanilla notes. Not that its bad, just very complex. Taste is even more so, but mirrors that of it's cousin, the Russian Imperial Stout. Intense roasty flavors, black licorice, charcoal, some astringency to it. Burnt dark chocolate. Flavor literally changes every five minutes as the beer warms, super intense. This weighs very heavy on the palate, super thick & syrupy, just as it should be. On the whole, I don't think I'd be enjoying this at a bar or just casually drinking with some buddies, I'd like to pair this up with some desert and a snifter. And some rich mahogany.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2011 07:24:51 | More by californiakebab
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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.