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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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.