Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rangel2:
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pitch black, creamy tan 3/4ths finger head that fizzles away within the minute. Weak lacing in the 12 oz. chalice I'm using. Pretty good in the Saison Dupont ~12 oz. glass my friend is using.
Aroma is immediately of licorice, bitter chocolates.
First sip is immediately sweet. Not cloying but the sweet never goes completely away. With the second sip comes more coffee notes, carbonation is nice, some toffee. Oak far more present the longer you swig. Faint estery finish, is that delightful pear? Hmm. Roasted barley shines.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Thick, but dissipates nicely with that expected lingering bitterness; licorice is pretty much gone.
Overall, not bad. Not a huge licorice guy, but it's manageable here. Try it once. For the price it's a good deal.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2011 02:45:34 | More by rangel2
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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
3.81/5 rDev +8.9%
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
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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