Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by wyatt:
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
I bought two bottles right when I saw them at Stein's Deli in New Orleans. I thought this was just a regular Stone IRS, but i was wrong wrong wrong. I should note that the regular Stone IRS is one of my favorite beers.
Appearance - It looks great. midnight black and a think brown head that sticks around. Great lacing.
Smell - Oh no. I have made a mistake. It just smells like licorice and I hate licorice. It smells like a RIS with a fistful of licorice candy dumped in.
Taste + Mouth - Due to my dislike of Licorice, this is bad. Great mouthfeel, but horrible taste and aftertaste. I even tried to have quick sips to mute that flavor, but it didn't work out.
This is the first Stone beer I have had that I did not love. I think I might pour out rest of the bottle and give the other one away. While this is a good beer, it is not a flavor I like and its my fault for not doing research.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2011 03:19:14 | More by wyatt
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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.