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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
80
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885 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 22%


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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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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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really don't like anise. So I am being slightly biased with this one, granted. Still, having already produced an IRS so magnificent, this one doesn't live up to expectation. The anise is just overpowering and it gets in the way of other flavors. A hint of it would have worked nicely, but there's way more than a hint. It's a beer for the Jager fan, I suppose. I bet this really hits the spot for a small niche of people, but for me I'll stick to the regular IRS or the bourbon one if I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 18:48:05 | More by TheRealBigC
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shigg85

Japan

4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a wide-mouth snifter at Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Pitch black with a thin murky head. Immediate smell of licorice anise is suprising in its accuracy. Roasted hops flavor present as well accompanied by raspberry perhaps. Very drinkable as the anise flavor is not as strong as the smell. Very little head even when I spin it. Overall, an amazingly interesting, delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 07:37:59 | More by shigg85
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Dancing Bear, 3 Mar 2012. Served in a cylindrical half pint.

NB for anyone else at this event, the Stone and Yeti taps were switched.

Small dark brown head quickly dissipates. Minimal carbonation. Pitch black in color, opaque. Aroma is roasty, vanilla, licorice, chocolate. Starts with lots of chocolate and licorice. Middle is lots of chocolate and licorice. Finish is lots of chocolate, licorice and cocoa. Medium to heavy body. Alcohol is warming but not hot. Some lingering tannins in the finish and aftertaste. Alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.

I liked this a bit better than A did.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 18:08:10 | More by htomsirveaux
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Ootppizza

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

i'm not a big fan of anise so i'm a little biased. over all a beer i could enjoy one of but thats it. I put it on tap at my pizza place and for the most part people enjoyed but it was a very limited crowed. The after taste is so strong that it kind of kills any beer you want to have afterward.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 00:41:38 | More by Ootppizza
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CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from 1/18/2012, on tap in NYC at Taproom 307: pours pitch black color with a huge frothy 2 finger tan/brown head that faded very slowly and left excellent sticky lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of anise, licorice, coffee, cocoa, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and more licorice on the tail end. The alcohol is well hidden by the nose if you discount the liquor odor from the anise/licorice.

Tastes like it smells, with anise, licorice, coffee, cocoa, caramel, molasses, syrup, charcoal, dark fruit like plums, dates and raisins, herbs, pepper, light floral hops, toffee, faint vanilla, toasted grains and liquor like Sambuca. The flavor is complex, roasty and very much like an after dinner liquor. Wow, the flavor is rich, sweet and completely hides the alcohol; this is a slow sipper that is aggressive, yet goes down smooth and leaves a nice warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is creamy, crisp and somewhat chewy, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a sweetness that lets the anise and licorice shine through the roasted malts.

A slow sipper that is tasty, unique and enjoyable. Another winner from Stone, but I’d go for other Stone stouts before going back to this as I’m not a big fan of anise, licorice or Sambuca.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 04:02:49 | More by CHickman
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ggodzik

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served in snifter. Pitch black with 1 finger of foamy off white/chocolaty head.

S - Stong smell of anise/black licorice. Sweet.

T - The anise is very prominant. I happen to really enjoy the taste so this was pleasant. Sweet with hints of the high alcohol content. Definitely a sipper and enjoyed in small servings.

M - Lightly carbonated. Full bodied and smooth. Slight heat from the alcohol.

O - Definitely worth a try if you enjoy anise. If not, this may not be the beer for you. Not my favorite offering from Stone but definitely something unique and worth a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 05:33:55 | More by ggodzik
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Attic for the Stone event and just found my notes.

This one comes from tap to snifter a very dark brown color with a light brown cap of head. Retention is good and lacing drops some spidery legs in plenty.
The licorice I expect from the anise is there along with the additional almost coriander seed-like note. The Belgian yeast is evident but doesn't take away from the stout character. This is, of course, well-hopped, offering some citrus, herbal and flowery notes under a big malt. This is a good aroma, but something's missing that6 would push it beyond that. I had Weyerbacher's tiny a few weeks before this, and it just had more depth to it.
I can say tyhe same for the taste. The big malts base is there, roasty, chocolatey and coffee notes laying a backbone complemented by herbal, floral and citrus hops gently in the back. The anise doesn't mingle perfectly with the contrasting flavors, but refrains from being off-putting. Belgian yeast huddles underneath and whispers here and there. Flavors are big and may cover it up a bit.
The mouthfeel is a big and full as an RIS should be. Smoothness comes out from middle to finish and this beer goes down nicely despite the high ABV.
This seems like a good standard for an interesting beer. Having had Tiny, I'd say that beer would be the exceptional one in what will -probably be a series of attempts from many brewers, and this one will remain a solid, good example of the style. 4s across the board.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 15:53:23 | More by Brenden
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jkanavel

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the Flying Saucer

A: Jet black with a moca head. Not too much lacing in the glass, delicate strands here and there.

S: Smells great, plenty of aromatic hops, dark maltiness, alcohol, and wintery spices

T: Rich. complex and exciting, but well tempered. Balance of sweetness and hoppiness is superb. I didn't get any strong anise flavor to be honest. It was very subtle, and mostly what I tasted was molasses and carob. Maybe a little caraway and chocolate tucked away in the back somewhere as well.

M: Silky smooth and full bodied.

O: Evidently this is not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it a great deal.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 08:11:25 | More by jkanavel
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HopHead84

California

2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12/11/2011

On tap at URGE.

A: Black, very black, with a thick frothy light brown head.

S: Dark chocolate meets black licorice and anise. It isn't terrible but they have taken the base beer and made it much worse.

T: Ash and wretched black licorice with even more wretched and powerful anise presence. A little chocolate, but it can't possibly redeem this flavor. Harsh alcoholic anise finish.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is astringent and dry.

Overall: A bastardization of a good beer. Avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 04:17:11 | More by HopHead84
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a half-finger high tan head that has good retention properties.
S: Anise really stands out in the nose, which also has aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, although the flavors of anise and licorice aren’t quite as strong and more balanced with those of roasted malts and chocolate (in line from what you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout).
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of anise to this beer makes for a very interesting taste and keeps your taste buds stimulated.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 00:42:52 | More by metter98
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anyother

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For such a polarizing beer I expected the worst. I had this in a bottle and didn't notice the anise as much as most other reviewers. I had it on tap at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH several times since.

I can only say this beer tells you EXACTLY what it will be. It says that it is full of anise. I understand not enjoying a flavor, you couldn't get me to eat most seafood without penalty of death. This beer is FANTASTIC. As it warms up it still retains the smooth mouthfeel of a top tier RIS but the herby warmth from the anise just intensifies the whole experience.

Experiment gone wrong? Not at all. For the people that don't like it, fair enough, it wasn't for you. All the reviews complaining about the flavor that was BLATANTLY advertised should be dismissed. This beer is exactly what it says it is, an anise flavored RIS and a damn good one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 08:07:03 | More by anyother
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BFGiant

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a confusing beer.

That being said, the very first thing to expect is a sweet anise/black licorice smell. The taste is sweet with an overpowering taste of anise. If you like black licorice, this is for you.

It's a very drinkable and enjoyable (in small portions) beer but still leaves you asking the question, "what the hell did I just drink?"

To conclude, it's a lot of anise! There is nothing subtle about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 08:04:06 | More by BFGiant
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uustal

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a coffee brown head. Distinct aroma of black licorice, anise, mint and hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor copies the nose exactly. Begins with the anise flavor, which gives off a licorice and minty vibe. I'm not a fan of black licorice, but it was subtle enough in the flavor profile to enjoy. The chocolate and coffee notes come through at the end, and more so as the beer warms. Mixes well with the mint flavor to create somewhat of a mint chocolate chip taste. Nice unique take on an old favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 03:18:21 | More by uustal
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Spider889

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this on draft at Bob's Bar at the tapping party for Shoot Your Rye Out.

Served in a pint glass. Seriously? This was not only a horrible way to serve a 10.5% stout, but also a horrid amount of this beer to throw at someone.

Looks decent enough. Black. Maybe a little less thick/heavy than the regular IRS.

Smells a little odd, but I have to give it props for doing what was claimed: a licorice beer. Black licorice was really strong on the aroma. It was sweet with maybe some slight vanilla notes. Little real stout was coming through. I love black licorice, but after tasting the beer the aroma started getting to me.

The flavor was just plain bad. I don't get how Stone manages to be so large and yet produce so much bad beer at huge quantity. Were test batches of this made? Did they survey their target audience at all before bottling this and distributing it nationwide? The Belgian yeast doesn't lend a ton of Belgian flavor, but I must assume that it does plenty to muck up the beer in all sorts of horrible and unintended ways. Anise IRS alone would have been off-putting to the average consumer, but Belgian yeast? Not needed. The yeast is about as superfluous as the coining of the term "Belgo."

Licorice immediately browbeats your palate into submission. If you didn't like licorice before, you're going to hate it now. Then all sorts of weird flavor combinations rise up and make you almost gag. The most predominant was the notion of fresh black enconomy trash bags. PLASTIC is a flavor second only to licorice.

Overall this beer was the worst thing I have ever had from Stone, and likely the worst I have ever had from the entire West Coast. In short, it never should have been brewed at quantity, or at the expense of the regular IRS. It never should have been bottled or sold to the public either. Hate DFH all you want, at least in DE they know how to dump bad beer when they see it.

I left 3/4 of the pint sitting on the bar when I left.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 06:12:42 | More by Spider889
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rtepiak

Poland

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

what has become popular and successful in scandinavian and in my mind most so with de molen... The belgian style russian imperial. Often spiced or augmented in some shape or form but most predominantly made with trappist yeast. This beer like most of those has a great look and feel but sort of comes out with a not yet in every other way. Pour is as expected with a nice belgian head. Good carbonation. Nose primarly of licorice and dough. Its opens to a interesting sugar esters and earth. Palate is suprisingly plain and premature. Age this beer... Two years or so. Candy chalk and fluff on the tongue. Earthy tobacco hints. Again... Let it sit.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 07:56:33 | More by rtepiak
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codsmith

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Dark black with thick foam head that stays around and laces the glass nicely.

S. Heavy anise and roasted malt character. Maybe molasses

T. Very much like it smells. It has a bitter bite on the end. Fairly sweet.

M. very thick and syrup like. Definitely a full bodied beer.

O. a little over kill on the anise for my taste, but everything else is there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 00:23:48 | More by codsmith
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jpro

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Tried a 10oz pour (thankfully) of this at Closed for Business...

A: Looks pretty good... opaque black, with the thinnest of khaki heads that leaves virtually no lace.

S: Licorice... big time. Some chocolate in the background, but mostly just a big nose-full of licorice. Not appetizing.

T: Bleh... this a big licorice bomb - a salty licorice, to boot.

M: Full-bodied with a higher carbonation.

O: Couldn’t finish this one - made it through about 3oz. Way too much anise. I suppose some folks who love licorice and fennel / caraway might love this, but for the average palate (at least mine), this stuff is near offensive. I usually like Stone’s big beers - even the odd one-off types, but I think I’ll be sticking to the standard IRS from here on out. Maybe they brewed this one for some Scandanavian buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 17:58:04 | More by jpro
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nickhiller

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Coke-colored, thin head, still as a pond.

S: anise liquor, a little bit of sweet roasty malt, minerals. It's kind of like a sweet, anisey porter.

T: anise, root beer/cream soda/sasparilla, licorice, a slight chocolate mousse, then, kind of in the background, all of the signature RIS characteristics: burnt malt, molasses, iron and minerals, smoke and charcoal, bitter chocolate.

M: smooth and creamy, just the right balance of carbonation and the heavy stout body, with a syrupy-sugary finish.

D: I would never have guessed that this was 10.5%, it goes down like a 6%-er. I like anise a lot and I found this really interesting, though the anise was a bit overpowering, especially towards the end, and sometimes it tasted more like anise the spirit instead of a beer. Great concept though, an A for effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 13:34:13 | More by nickhiller
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eclipse54

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at The Front Door here in town. The list just said "Stone IRS," so I hastily, excitedly, and regrettably ordered a glass to start the evening.

I was sitting close enough to the taps to watch the pour, and it came out looking exceptional. My excitement rose as I eagerly anticipated my first taste of the 2011 batch of this (normally) phenomenal brew. It poured black with over an inch of brown head that left a plethora of sticky, wet lacing behind. The waitress brought it over, but before she could even set it on the table, I knew something was amiss...

My nostrils began to recoil in fear and, dare I say, they began to cry a little. "Oh-no" I thought to myself as the overpowering scent of licorice began to surround me, "could this be the Belgo-Anise." I smiled at the waitress and gratefully accepted the glass she had so promptly brought me. My mind began arguing with itself, debating over whether or not my memory of the previous vintage involved so much licorice. I nervously brought the glass to my nose and inhaled. Off-putting licorice was the first scent to jump out, though tiny amounts of chocolate and coffee followed. I gave a small, premature sigh of relief as I lowered the glass to my lips and braced for the first taste.

My taste buds were immediately overcome by the burning licorice sensation that ensued. My tongue darted around inside my cavernous mouth, as if seeking a dark corner where it could take refuge from the onslaught of anise that was occurring. No such relief existed until I swallowed the horrendous liquid, and even then a film of anise doom coated my mouth. "Dammit" I thought as I sat there disappointed in myself for not first inquiring about the identity of the listed "IRS." I decided to take another taste, for the sake of the experience, for a second shot at objectivity (which was pointless), for science, for courtesy, for whatever. Still, dominating licorice, that only grew more intense as the brew warmed. Faint caramel, chocolate, and coffee were barely noticeable beneath the anise; hell, they may have been entirely in my hopeful head, but the notes indicate their presence so I reproduce them here. This was not "my cup of tea" at all. In fact, my only consolation was the bottle of the normal IRS I knew* I had waiting in my fridge back home.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but very sweet, the anise seeming to lend an extraordinary amount of sugar along with it. A sticky and dry finish leaves one considering another sip, but not daring. It took a lot of will-power to choke this one down. I was happy to offer tastes to the rest of my table just so that there would be less for me to finish on my own. I did feel a little guilty for subjecting my companions to such a certain demise, but they had caught notice of my horrid expressions and were curious to see if it was "really that bad." The consensus returned that it was. Needless to say, I will be taking extra precautions to avoid this in the future.

*Flash forward two days, when I am ready to drink the normal IRS that was in my fridge. I pull it out to begin letting it warm slightly, but I do, my eyes catch something that just doesn't seem right... I glance down at the label and notice, in subtle blue lettering that is lost amongst the rest of the decor of the bottle, the words "Belgo-Anise." I shake with rage as it place it in the cellar next to the other 2011 bottles, which I subsequently double-checked to verify that they were indeed normal variants (they were, thankfully).

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 01:08:28 | More by eclipse54
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Bangers & Lace in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The glass is black through with just a touch of mahogany at the edge. A nice creamy head laces up the glass with each sip.

Smell: Belgian yeast and tons of black licorice flood the nose, overpowering the roasted malt and obliterating the dark fruits I was expecting.

Taste: Up front I am graced with a quick molasses sweetness, but this is mostly black licorice, unfortunately. Wave after wave of anise lash my tongue, crushing my hopes of having an interesting new take on the IRS.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body for the style. It feels lighter than the original because of the cutting anise flavor and acrid nature of the beer. Smooth, creamy carbonation cannot save this from the flavor.

Overall: This is definitely worse than the (phenomenal) regular Stone Imperial Stout. I would not order this again, and I would venture to say this is the worst offering I have ever had from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:01:12 | More by KickInTheChalice
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a black color, with a nice tan head. The smell has strong coffee flavors and something offensive. The taste was initally full of coffee and finished nice and bitter, then however an offensive taste finishes. The aftertaste makes this one hard to drink. Overall not that great. Wouldnt get again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 02:32:39 | More by vette2006c5r
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out nice and black in color. The head came and went leaving just a thin tan ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and a little spicy. The taste packs a punch here. The flavors of roasted malts with Belgian yeast and herbal qualities just scream out with every sip. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily. Overall I think this beer is very good, at 12% it can be a bit dangerous though. Either way I think it's a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 00:13:41 | More by Knapp85
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Mosley1212

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Cervezas in Miami. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A--Had a large 2" brown, mocha-colored head that was very fluffy. It was also a deep brown/motor oil black with hints of ruby when looked at in the light.

S--The anise comes through at the get go. Smells of licorice, fennel, and spicy meat (I agree with the pepperoni question earlier on the site). I get a bit of malt and some chocolate and coffee smell as well.

T--Definitely has a taste of licorice. Then came a wave of malt and a finishing taste of fennel. Not the most pleasant beer in the world.

M--Medium-bodied with a slight bit of carbonation.

O--This was not as bad as I was expecting based on previous BA'ers comments, but it wasn't unpalatable. This wouldn't be something I would want a lot of, but in the right circumstance it would be a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 17:48:41 | More by Mosley1212
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A small snifter at the Front Door in Boise, ID.

This beer appears a very, very dark brown colour, nearing black, with a half finger of arrested foamy beige head, which leaves some thin webbed lace upon its retreat. It smells of sweet chocolate malt, earthy licorice, mild booze, and somewhat bitter leafy hops. The taste is heavy caramel malt, baker's chocolate, Sambuca, a bit of burnt fruit, and fairly strong, bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is sedate, the body heavyweight, almost full, with a thick smoothness. It finishes still all over the place, the leafy hops, chocolate, licorice, and astringent booze fighting amongst themselves.

I like big left-coast hops, and I like anise flavours - however, I never thought to blend them, and this makes it abundantly clear why. A challenging beverage, this one, replete with flavour, but maybe just not yours.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 19:58:13 | More by biboergosum
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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.