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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
80
good

918 Ratings
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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 22%
Wants: 19
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Deep, inky black pour; opaque, sludgy looking; thick chocolate milk colored head with good retention.

S: Familiar notes of the original IRS to be found - dark roasted malts, black coffee, gourmet dark chocolate, dark fruit (plums/prunes), a vinous, boozy wallop that intensifies as the beer warms. Yet above it all is a huge smack of anise, bringing the distinct aroma of sticky, sweet black licorice. Even the booziness struggles to keep up with the overpowering licorice – this quickly becomes one dimensional as the stout reaches room temp.

T: Like the nose – the taste of licorice overpowers as the stout warms to room temp. The first few sips do showcase the bitterness of dark, roasted malts and black coffee, underlined with a bittersweet dark chocolate and a touch of vinous-like dark fruits; but the licorice rapidly takes charges and overpowers all other flavors to the point where the palate is left trying to discern a what was left of an otherwise solid IRS that has been transformed into sticky-sweet, slightly boozy mess. Also worth noting that I don’t pick up anything that would suggest the Belgian yeast at work.

M: Thick, chewy, creamy, but even that seems an afterthought given how dominant the licorice flavor has become.

O: If you like licorice – well this is your kind of stout. I do enjoy licorice, but in moderation. This, however, was anything but – it was a licorice bomb. I know the underlying IRS is fantastic, and I know Stone puts out fantastic variations of its IRS, but this version is just disjointed. Unbalanced, too sweet, over-done with the licorice. I finished the bomber, but the struggle was real. Maybe some age would help tame some of the licorice, but I’m not sure.

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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.

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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.