Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mattsdenney:
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into NB globe glass. A "2011 Odd Year Release" per the bottle.
A: Pours jet black, thick, with a two finger dark brown bubbly head that sticks to the glass as it recedes.
S: Overhwelming smell of chocolate, dried fruit, some licorice and little bit of pepper.
T: Warming alcohol up front with coffee, malts, licorice, raisin, and some hop spice. Finishes smooth with a lingering dark chocolate flavor.
M: Thick, slick, and oily. Slightly bubbly at first but finishes very smooth with a strong residual coating.
O: Overall I dont' notice the belgian flavor as much as I thought I would but the anise adds a nice touch of herbal licorice. The yeast change is most noticeable in the aftertaste which isn't as sweet as other examples of the style. Very good overall, would buy again.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2011 19:40:22 | More by mattsdenney
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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.