Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gueuzeonhigh:
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
It looks like a Russina Imperial Stout. It has the kick of a Russina Imperial Stout. But it's somewhat off the path for what I'd expect from a Russian Imperial Stout-- flavor.
The beer pours with a slight head-- it welled up ontop of the beer for a little producing a bubbifious carpet of tan-brown froth but short lived and within what seemed like seconds vanished leaving an eye looking back at me at the rim of my glass.
There was a rather slight nose-- and hard to describe-- maybe almost something chemical, like a janitorial cleaning agent-- really!
The flavor is spot on it's moniker-- I notice the anise-- like Stone Brewing dissolved a few sticks of licorice into the beer.
I don't know what the "Belgo" part is supposed to be.
Mind you-- it's not cloying or revolting-- it's different. It is perhaps a Russian Imperial Stout encased in an anise veneer.
It's missing the strong burned or toasted flavor I'd expect of a stout. There is a hint of hops and certainly malt. But it's almost as if the other ingredients have encapsulated the "heart" of the beer.
The mouthfeel is rather cordial-- the beer has a "heavy weight" mouthfeel but its as if the weight is dead weight-- it coats the palate but the flavor is subdued and not effervescent.
The notable flavor description is that the ingredients have been blended so that all parts blend to produce a harmonious flavor-- the question is if that flavor is satisfying.
I find this beer quite "drinkable" and the overall rating is good-- not great but good.
I don't think I'll seek another bottle of this stuff.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2011 00:10:05 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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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
3.81/5 rDev +8.9%
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
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.