Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jpro:
2.73/5 rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
Tried a 10oz pour (thankfully) of this at Closed for Business...
A: Looks pretty good... opaque black, with the thinnest of khaki heads that leaves virtually no lace.
S: Licorice... big time. Some chocolate in the background, but mostly just a big nose-full of licorice. Not appetizing.
T: Bleh... this a big licorice bomb - a salty licorice, to boot.
M: Full-bodied with a higher carbonation.
O: Couldn’t finish this one - made it through about 3oz. Way too much anise. I suppose some folks who love licorice and fennel / caraway might love this, but for the average palate (at least mine), this stuff is near offensive. I usually like Stone’s big beers - even the odd one-off types, but I think I’ll be sticking to the standard IRS from here on out. Maybe they brewed this one for some Scandanavian buddies.
Serving type: on-tap
08-13-2011 17:58:04 | More by jpro
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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
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
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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