Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nsabo:
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
To Stone’s credit, this bottle warns that it’s an “odd year” RIS and it “screams” with anise. Since I enjoy licorice in my stouts (Bell’s Kalamazoo is one of my favorites), I assumed all the talk about too much anise was hyperbolic. It wasn’t.
Small notes of cinnamon, heavy chocolate, and the oak and anise mix together in a weird mostly sweet but kinda sour way that no matter how many sips I just can’t get used to. Maybe I was stupidly expecting fennel instead of anise? Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick. Everything about this beer makes me wish I could be drinking the regular RIS.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2011 02:33:06 | More by nsabo
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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.
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