Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
4.05/5 rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (so glad to find this one)
A: Pitch black all the way through with a nice slightly mocha head that is about 1 finger thick but disappears pretty quickly. Also, it pours with a lot of tiny bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass.
S: Reminds me of the Belgian Yeti. It is quite sweet with just a hint of licorice in there (anise) with just a hint of malts. There is a subtle undertone of roasted malts aged on oak as well.
T: Wow, very interesting. This tastes like what I imagine a much better version of the Belgian Yeti would taste like, maybe this is what it would taste like if it had anise in it. Lots of belgian sweetness (like a tripel or quad) with notes of anise. There is quite a lot of oak in there as well. It almost tastes different with each sip. It is a swirl of anise, sweet malts, belgian yeastiness, and a bit of roastiness with oak. No alcohol burn at all. The worse part is definitely the tangy aftertaste but you don't really start to notice it until about halfway through the bottle. It is very belgian and tangy.
M: Quite prickly and coarse. It is a bit syrupy but has a nice level of carbonation that helps out alot.
O: I can see where all of the love it or hate it comes from with this beer. It has a very polarizing flavor profile. I was so surprised to find this so long after it was released (they must have kept like 20 of them in the back for a while). I wonder what this tasted like fresh though.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2013 18:44:16 | More by gillagorilla
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3.43/5 rDev -1.7%
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
3.81/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a brownish, almost blackish body with decent head and lace patches. Hate to say it but the "jager" comparisons hold some validity as it has that overpowering licorice/anise type aroma and is dominant in the taste. That being said, I didn't find that to be the only aromatic or taste sensation and I wouldn't call this beer a disaster (just not a fave of mine). There are also touches of dark chocolate and some other sticky, almost syrupy sugary malt goodness in the aroma and taste. Smooth beer, lighter body for a stout, actually easy to drink and overall isn't bad but sometimes the sweetness, especially that "jager" aspect, become to much at times. Worth trying but not something I will try to find again (which won't be hard).
Serving type: on-tap
01-18-2014 16:12:56 | More by clayrock81
2.95/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Inky black with a khaki collar and a few islands of foam.
Smell - Black licorice. Sweet. Faint chocolate. Train wreck of a smell. I keep going back for more whiffs even though it's terrible.
Taste - Fruity. Anise is strong, amplifying the fruity flavors. Chocolate and bitter aftertaste. Not anywhere near as bad as the taste.
Mouthfeel - Lots of fruit without being overly sweet though. A lingering anise flavor. Not too boozy.
Overall - It's not awful, but the anise is a huge detractor. I expected something unpalatable from the reviews.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 10:55:34 | More by Alieniloquium
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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