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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

898 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 22.29%
Wants: 20
Gots: 162 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 05-23-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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clayrock81

Virginia

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
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-17-2014 03:07:50 | More by mattmarka1
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2014 14:22:17 | More by TechBrew
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

01-05-2014 20:15:14 | More by facesnorth
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bcgill

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-03-2014 22:10:37 | More by bcgill
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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MrLacinak

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

12-25-2013 17:37:21 | More by MrLacinak
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mquartuccio87

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-23-2013 01:20:21 | More by mquartuccio87
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RPH2327

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

12-16-2013 21:17:04 | More by RPH2327
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-13-2013 03:18:49 | More by XmnwildX12
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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Texas

5/5  rDev +42.9%

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Texas

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Arizona

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.3%

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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

10-06-2013 21:27:28 | More by SHerninko
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Belgo Anise RIS 2011
Slick black pour, rich cappuccino head of two finger widths. Body near solid black. Now when I hold my pint to some light i see on the edge of the inside of the glass some tan floating objects, and even more sitting on the bottom as I lift up the glass and look underneath, these objects look like large sawdust chunks. Interesting. No cork involved here. Part of Stone's craft I suppose.
Smells nice with slight anise and powdery milk chocolate. Muted scent, but nice what's there.
This tastes a little nicer than I remember the first and only other time I tried it, and it just must be the age i put on this one (2 yrs.). Milk chocolate smoothness, and the anise seems more tame and lends a creamy note somehow, with the anise more resembling now a syrupy bite reminding me of Bosco syrup as if I'm tasting it in an egg cream. I didnt expect to like it this much now, given my prior mediocre thoughts on the initial taste of once having it fresh years past. As it warms i pick up more licorice, and I'm one who does like licorice. Maybe that factor is the dividing line between promoters & detractors of Stone's BARIS, who knows. More warming and here comes the Sambuca sensation, but althewhile this feels creamy and smooth. There is a lingering burning sensation in my mouth after the taste, somewhat odd and numbing, but I'll chalk it up to the anise. I'm sure not for everyone, but yes for me and only with some age.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:01:18 | More by TBoneJones
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Jgrody

California

4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Dark and thick, with a brown lacy head. Smells of anise, chocolate, roasted coffee. Tastes like a chocolate root beer. I bought a bunch of them. They are aging nicely. The warmness of the alcohol is mellowing out and more anise and chocolate flavors are coming through. I also recommend this with a scoop of chocolate ice cream, making a beer float!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 17:07:53 | More by Jgrody
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.