Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
3.1/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
22oz bottle (2011 release) poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass.
A - This is certainly going to be a multi-staged pour. Pours initially with four full fingers of thick creamy chocolate milkshake head that holds on seemingly forever. As it slowly falls, nice webs of lacing are left on the glass. Body is near black and pretty much opaque. Good looking stout.
S - Certainly no mistaking the anise here...quite intense and up front. The licorice-y black twizzler aroma is muddied up a bit the woodiness of the oak, picking up a bit of molasses, touches of roasty coffee that are rather subdued but still there. Not really grabbing any of the estery/fruity aromas I'd associate with use of Belgian yeast however. Overall, I'm saying too much anise...not enough of everything else.
T - Ok...Belgian yeast does come thru here, perhaps in a bit of a weird way though. The estery nature of the yeast doesn't really play off the other aspects of the beer all that well. The base beer with its intense roastiness, ground coffee bean flavor comes thru with much greater intensity and pleasure than in the aroma. Anise is still there from beginning to end and gives a bit of an overly intense licorice flavor and coolness. The esters play on top of both of these with a dirty/muddy oaken woodiness, an unidentifiable fruitiness, mixed with some chocolate and dark fruits, and a mild hint of tartness on the finish. As with the aroma, the flavor is a bit of a miss for me. I like the anise idea, but it is a bit over the top...although I think the addition of just the anise might work better without the use of Belgian yeast...heavier anise on the deeply roasty std edition of Stone's IRS could work fairly well.
M - Body is fairly full. Carbonation is surprisingly on the lower side, creamy and smooth despite the eruption of foam on the initial pour. Alcohol is kept in check with no real warmth detectable. Licorice coolness lingers as the does the somewhat offputting Belgian yeast esters.
O - Overall I much prefer the original version of Stone's IRS...the addition of the anise holds some promise, but the Belgian yeast didn't really work for me. Probably one of my least favorite Stone offerings.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2012 00:53:12 | More by portia99
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3.43/5 rDev -1.7%
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 +9.2%
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
2.95/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Inky black with a khaki collar and a few islands of foam.
Smell - Black licorice. Sweet. Faint chocolate. Train wreck of a smell. I keep going back for more whiffs even though it's terrible.
Taste - Fruity. Anise is strong, amplifying the fruity flavors. Chocolate and bitter aftertaste. Not anywhere near as bad as the taste.
Mouthfeel - Lots of fruit without being overly sweet though. A lingering anise flavor. Not too boozy.
Overall - It's not awful, but the anise is a huge detractor. I expected something unpalatable from the reviews.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 10:55:34 | More by Alieniloquium
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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