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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
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886 Ratings
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Ratings: 886
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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brystmar

Texas

1.33/5  rDev -62%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Brendan comes through with the tick!

Decent looking pour, I guess. But holy balls, I can smell this garbage from my chair. Mint, currants, dirty socks, and armpit hairs make up the aroma. More mint and mildew round it out.

Imagine having a mint porter that was poured through a pair of heavily used sweatpants. That's Belgo Anise. Am I really gonna give this a worse rating than the Peat Whiskey Black Hole? Maybe; goddamn this is awful.

So bad, not sure my drain will even accept it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:41:53 | More by brystmar
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trentet

California

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a tough time with this beer at first, and I'll be up front. My buddy Mano and I who split this beer with me do not like black liquorice. The first sample glass was hard to finish. I sat staring at the bottle for a few minutes with that taste on my tongue but after a bit it grew on me. I poured another sampler full and tried another taste. It went down a lot easier and I could taste a whole lot of complexity beyond the overwhelming black liquorice flavor. Mouthfeel was excellent for the class. We began to think of things we could marinate in this beer and agreed lamb would be perfect with a mess of garlic. It's a beer that needs a little time to appreciate and it hurts you a bit while your drinking it but I liked it overall once I got used to what it had to say.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 20:36:00 | More by trentet
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Danny1217

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pure black. Looks like oil with a thick brown head. Keeps the nice appearance of regular Stone IRS. The smell is a big hit of anise. A bit overpowering. Other scents are very hard detect beneath the anise. The taste is similar. Anise dominates. It's hard to taste all the complexities found in Stone imperial stout with the anise dominating this much. It's also hard to taste any Belgian yeast, which is disappointing. The mouthfeel is very good though. Very viscous and rich. Goes down smooth. While it is disappointing, it still isn't a bad flavor at all. Just very strange. Not something I'm particularly interested in trying again, but very interesting to try at least once.

Anise lovers should like this one, but unfortunately, anise isn't my personal favorite taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 17:18:21 | More by Danny1217
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Black in color with a frothy, two-finger head of tan foam which left some nice ringlets of lacing around the glass.

S: Oak barrel aroma blends with the staunch scent of licorice, fruity esters and herbal, earthy hops melded with smokey, sweet-roasted malts.

T: Slick and sweet, dark roasted malt flavor at first with a whole lotta anise-laced licorice candy nib taste. The rich malts are difficult to appreciate beneath the stark anisette flavoring. The same goes for the Belgian yeast strain employed for this brew. Like adding Sambuca to spicier, fruitier Stone IRS.

M: Rich, full-bodied flavor with he slick addition of anise and herbal, drying hops.

O: I like licorice to some degree, but the anise flavoring just didn't jive all that well with me. It was like an Italian coffee, possibly suited well with pastry dessert pairings. However, the strong, 10.5% ABV and robust licorice flavor wouldn't have me picking it up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 20:05:39 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Edruil


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled on 6/23/2012 with 2011 Belgo-Anise IRS. Poured same night into Stone IRS snifter

Appearance - Black as night, viscous and thick to the eye. Head is a beautiful creamy brown but, unfortunately, dissipates all too quickly

Smell - Wow. Big, big anise. Anise is nice, but the roasted malts barely make it through, and the anise drowns out pretty much any other notes I might be looking for - such as the Belgian yeast. The anise is much too strong on the nose

Taste - The anise isn't as big as it is on the nose, but still big. If you don't like anise, this is not a beer for you. Still, the flavors are surprisingly balanced after the strength of anise on the nose. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, and a dash of mint are there, the malt sweetness is there, hops are mostly absent. The fruity Belgian yeast esters do come through, though not strongly, and add a pleasant background to the typical IRS flavors. Acidic, and the bitterness and dryness linger on the palate

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, oily, satisfying. Good carbonation. Rich.

Overall - Certainly an interesting take on the style. Stone is, after all, well-known for doing their own (bold) thing, but I think this is one instance where they deviated a bit too much from the norm. Don't get me wrong, this is still in my opinion a good beer, and enjoyable. However, I wouldn't take this over their regular IRS, and I can see how anyone that isn't an anise fan wouldn't like it at all. The anise gets a bit too much attention, and the Belgian yeast touted in the Belgo-Anise moniker doesn't come through as strongly as I'd like them to. It's worth a try (if you like anise, that is), but with the regular Stone IRS as great as it is, I can't see myself choosing this over it.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2012 06:50:52 | More by Edruil
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arizcards

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo July 2011 for $5.99.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that went flat pretty quickly.

Nose is overpowered by licorice, belgian yeast esters are drowned out.

Taste is pretty much the same as nose, licorice is just dominating. The roasted malts which is the backbone takes a back seat. The Anise seems to have mellowed over the last year.

Mouthfeel is the most appealing trait, thick and full bodied with an extra boost of smoothness from the yeast.

Overall i appreciate Stone's innovation efforts but this is one that should not been let out of the lab. I had this brew last August and it was undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:23:38 | More by arizcards
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage.

pours your standard R/IS jet black tone while yielding about a 1" mocha-colored head. decent retention and lacing. nice looking beer, but so are countless others in its style. nose packs a big wallop of black licorice. secondary notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, but boy does that anise dominate. not my cup of tea, but it's not terrible.

taste follows the aroma. unfortunately. just an anise bomb. the other characters are there in the background but relegated to second fiddle. disappointing, as i had higher hopes for this one. decent, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

while i'm a big fan of stone in general and their approach to putting spins on recipes in particular, this was just not one that worked for me. not a drainpour, just not one i'm appreciating; although i could see where some may dig it. personally i'll be sticking to the regular IRS.

(originally reviewed: 06-23-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 22:11:00 | More by BostonHops
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dfillius

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; moderate pour yields 1 finger of dark cocoa-colored slightly loose and fizzy head with fair retention. This recedes to a ring. Nearly opaque dark brown liquid. Nice, though I'd like tighter, longer lasting head.
S: Almost rootbeer like. Herbal, woody notes with bulb fennel. Balanced and big in the back.
T: Chocolate, root beer, slight ginger, slight mint, fennel. All fairly balanced, though I can't say it is better than regular IRS. Interesting. The balance increases as the temperature warms too. Enjoyable. Terribly balanced upon warming!
M: Warmth grows, but remains comfortable. Silky and smooth. Not hot at all! Excellent!
O: Nice, but strong. I'm glad to have the 22oz bottle to myself. Nice to have 2 of these. Might buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:53:37 | More by dfillius
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blaje

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle.
Pours oil black, forming a nice, rich, foamy and thick moccha head lasting pretty long and leaving a nice lacing.

N: Star anise/licorice is very present and dominating largely. Roasted grains, moccha, oak, molasse, alcohol and red fruits

M: Medium to full body and surprisingly not to heavy in mouth as expected. Well carbonated wich shurly contributes to this. Alcohol warmth is not overwhelming too despite a the high ABV. Licorice as a funny cooling effect on tongue! a bit acid and dry

T: As nose revealed, anise/licorice is VERY present but not overwhelming high. Raosted grains, oak, moccha, coffee tastes are mainly tasted. Bitter chocolate and red fruits are perceptible wich contributes to the acid fealing I think

Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer their regular RIS. This is still a must taste for all beer fans.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:02:38 | More by blaje
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle (2011 release) poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass.

A - This is certainly going to be a multi-staged pour. Pours initially with four full fingers of thick creamy chocolate milkshake head that holds on seemingly forever. As it slowly falls, nice webs of lacing are left on the glass. Body is near black and pretty much opaque. Good looking stout.

S - Certainly no mistaking the anise here...quite intense and up front. The licorice-y black twizzler aroma is muddied up a bit the woodiness of the oak, picking up a bit of molasses, touches of roasty coffee that are rather subdued but still there. Not really grabbing any of the estery/fruity aromas I'd associate with use of Belgian yeast however. Overall, I'm saying too much anise...not enough of everything else.

T - Ok...Belgian yeast does come thru here, perhaps in a bit of a weird way though. The estery nature of the yeast doesn't really play off the other aspects of the beer all that well. The base beer with its intense roastiness, ground coffee bean flavor comes thru with much greater intensity and pleasure than in the aroma. Anise is still there from beginning to end and gives a bit of an overly intense licorice flavor and coolness. The esters play on top of both of these with a dirty/muddy oaken woodiness, an unidentifiable fruitiness, mixed with some chocolate and dark fruits, and a mild hint of tartness on the finish. As with the aroma, the flavor is a bit of a miss for me. I like the anise idea, but it is a bit over the top...although I think the addition of just the anise might work better without the use of Belgian yeast...heavier anise on the deeply roasty std edition of Stone's IRS could work fairly well.

M - Body is fairly full. Carbonation is surprisingly on the lower side, creamy and smooth despite the eruption of foam on the initial pour. Alcohol is kept in check with no real warmth detectable. Licorice coolness lingers as the does the somewhat offputting Belgian yeast esters.

O - Overall I much prefer the original version of Stone's IRS...the addition of the anise holds some promise, but the Belgian yeast didn't really work for me. Probably one of my least favorite Stone offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 00:53:12 | More by portia99
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgo Anise IRS '11. Poured this one into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip. Waited nearly a year, and still a little scared of what lies under the cap!

A: Pours pitch black. No light getting through here. Maybe some blood reddish hues around the edges at the top. About a half finger of tannish head. Fades down quickly. There are some alcohol feet.

S: I guess that Anise has died a little bit. I get dark bitter chocolate, black licorice, and some dark fruit actually. Not a lot of roast but it is quite cold. Some of that Belgian yeast comes through too.

T: I know this one was panned last year, but I find this to be rather pleasant with a year of age on it. It's different that the regular IRS that is for sure. You get some dark chocolate bitterness up front, and some of that Belgian yeast spice. The Anise is there in the form of black licorice but it's no where near as in your face as I'd heard others mention. You get it on the close and it hangs with you for a while.

M: Full bodied but carbonation help to clear palate. Pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 14:12:41 | More by inlimbo77
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage
Really love the regualar IRS I hope this one is just as good.

A= Pours a deep black color with a thick half finger of head that holds some decent retention and spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is interesting to say the least. Not anything like the regualr IRS. It has a veggie like anise smell. I would say licorice but it's much more veggie like. Other than that it's quite mute and weird. Not too much going on besides these odd vegitative aromas.

T= The flavor isn't as bad but still a grand step down from the regualar offering. There is a bit of the veggie taste but more of a genuine licorice taste from the anise. The belgian yeast offers a spicyness to it that sort of covers most of the "stout" flavors leaving little roast or darker malt flavor. The oak doesn't come through much leaving me with a very odd feeling about this beer.

M= The mouth is a little light for my taste. Damn belgian yeast.

O= An odd beer for sure. Not my style and I'm glad I only bought one of these when they came out. I much much much prefer the regular version of this which is outstanding while this is subpar in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:58:19 | More by jjanega08
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draheim

Washington

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

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark dark brown w/ a 1-finger tan head that settles to a ring + film.

Aroma is heavy on the anise and black licorice, some dark roasted malt, and an earthy nuttiness when swirled.

Taste again is dominated by black licorice and star anise. Also kind of a metallic taste on the finish. Not really picking up any of the oak, anise is so prevalent. But maybe the oak helps w/ the mouthfeel a bit.

Speaking of which, mouthfeel is fine. Nothing really stands out, maybe a little dry courtesy of the oak. I probably expected a smoother, creamier experience given the Belgian yeast strain.

Overall... eh. This was OK. Not as bad as some of the detractors would have you believe, but I didn't really like it all that much either. Hey, eventually somebody was going to make a Belgo anise Russian imperial stout on oak, so why not Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 05:24:32 | More by draheim
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with a light brown head. In the aroma, mellow anise, oaky, and a touch of alcohol. In the taste, Anise, licorice, small notes of oak and alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak, licorice, and alcohol in the aftertaste. Interesting flavors, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 18:01:18 | More by OWSLEY069
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evilkalla

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Very dark brown/black, practically opaque, with a very thick quarter inch head on it. Very nice.

S: Smells like a bag of licorice. Absolutely bizarre for a beer. Not sure this is working for me.

T: There is a stout in here somewhere but it is overpowered by the anise flavor. Not good.

M: Good for an imperial stout.

O: This doesn't work at all. I picked this up as most Stone experiments are pretty good; not in this case though.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:42:02 | More by evilkalla
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a viscous blackness with a thin layering of tanned head. Retains for a minute, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

A stiff kick of anise in the nose with some Belgian funk. Slightly sweet with chocolate and coffee. Malty and robust with alcohol warmth.

Syrupy and sweet up front with an initial kick of unmistakable anise. Dark chocolate with dark roasted malts, supported by and underlying Belgian yeast funk. Definitely an odd combination of flavors, followed by some sweetness. Finishes a little sweet with an alcohol heat.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. I enjoy the base beer, but this is not what I'm looking for in an imperial stout. WAY too much anise and the funky yeast doesnt help.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:27:12 | More by xnicknj
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tan head in snifter. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is rich dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and toasted malts. Not really familiar with anise but there is something sweet there that I can't describe....maybe that's it.

Taste follows the smell pretty well for me. Lots of dark chocolate and toasted malt. Not much bitterness for a Stone brew.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and chewy.

Overall this was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:45:40 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversizes snifter. Pours very dark, with a creamy tan foam head that leaves soapy lacing along the sides as I swirl the beer. The head dissipates quickly enough, leaving a ring of small bubbles with wisps of tan smoke slowly swirling.

Has a bready, almost doughy aroma, with a ton of alcohol slamming the nose. The anise is rather prominent, such that is smells like a sambuca pastry. Hints of vanilla and cocoa are underneath.

Starts sweet, almost syrupy, with black licorice, bready malt, and boozy hops. Think of it like drinking essence of good'n'plenty, with a bitter finish.

This has a heavy, thick mouthfeel, owing to both the adundant malt, high alcohol, and sweet anise. Has a dry, slightly tacky finish.

Without a doubt, this is the least hoppy brew I've ever has from Stone. It is a decent enough stout, and this is the second time I'm enjoying this ale, so it was good enough the first time to warrant a second look. I also appreciate Stone trying a different take on a well-tread style of beer. Still, it tastes like the experiment that it clearly was.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:33:26 | More by TheHoppiest
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark brown, near black. Thin tan head and slight lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and a hint of anise and Belgian spice. A spicy, estery flavor up front followed by roast malt. chocolate and light caramel. Finish is anise with a light hop kick. Nice light creamy body. Side by side tasting with the regular Stone RIS, which had a more standard smokey and dark malt and dark fruit flavor up front, but still had a somewhat estery finish with a strong alcohol component. The Belgo has a nicer finish than the standard, but a more unusual overall taste progression. It is unusual and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:33:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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AbsolutFrank

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip.

Appears black as used motor oil, with a half fingernail of milk chocolate covered head that quickly dissipates after a few tastes.

It smells first of charred oak, quickly followed by liquorice and espresso, faint bittersweet chocolate and faint dark red wine in the background.

Such a unique delicious complex taste. First note hitting is strong molasses and Shiraz wine, then burnt oak, then even notes of dry dark chocolate, black liquorice and espresso. The lingering finish/aftertaste is of dry dark chocolate and shiraz wine.

Mouth feel is where the Belgian yeast is present. It coats the tongue like a Belgian tripple or quad, with the same alcohol burn without strong alcohol flavor. Yet, very smooth coating and warming as you'd expect from a Baltic style stout or porter. I think you feel the sting of hops rather than taste it in the dry finish.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers on planet Earth. There is really nothing like quite like it. The only thing I've had approaching this complexity is Moa's Imperial Stout, but I find this to be much, much better. Perhaps if you can envision and amalgam of Stone regular RIS, North Coast's Old Rasputin, and a strong Liquorice and Shiraz wine presence with some Belgian mouth feel in addition to what you expect from a Baltic beer mouth feel, you have an idea. I'll probably cry if they never make this again. After my first taste I bought a total of five bottles, I write this while drinking my second to last.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:06:26 | More by AbsolutFrank
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stone IRS snifter

A pours flat black and sits the same in the glass. A good sized light brown head grows slowly and has nice retention. Lacing is left down the glass when the head comes down.

S Theres an odd scent that I can imagine some people call pepperoni. Not sure how to describe it. Some booze and sweet malts in there as well. Something smells a little bit off

T Dark fruits and black licorice ff the bat. Oak and a stronger bitterness comes out in the middle and carries to the finish.

M Full bodied stout with lighter carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth.

O Not a terrible beer. Some people have crucified stone for this beer and while its not the best stout, its an attempt at something a little different.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:16:23 | More by Gushue3
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gshak

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is drinking fantastic right now, and I dare say, I prefer this to the original. Here's why:
A- nothing much to write home about. Pours viscous and stays flat in the glass with no head whatsoever.
S - Strong notes of anise, oak, molasses and milk chocolate.
T - This is where the beer really shines. A cherry-like tartness opens up the palate. Molasses follows through, accompanied by milk chocolate, and coffee notes. Bittersweet toffee notes take up the baton and last quite a while, transcending into an all anise and woody finish. I'm really digging this!
M - Definitely full, and the (minimal) carbonation really helps his beer deliver a fulller flavor.

An extremely well crafted beer, and one that will age with the best! Glad I have a few more of these!

Update - 9/12/2012. The tartness has kicked up several notches in the last 7 months it spent in the cellar, aka wine cooler at 60 degrees. The taste now reminds me of chocolate covered sour cherries with some anise and wood in the back. It is easier to knock down a few ounc es of this in a sitting, but 22 oz is a challenge. At this rate this might turn into a world-class sour in about 2 years time, and I am not sure I like my stouts that way. On current tasting., I'd kick this down to a 3.75 at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 07:27:53 | More by gshak
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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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donmonkey1

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a very nice dark tan frothy head that laces nicely.

Smell: Molasses, coffee, nuts, toasted malt, Coca Cola, burnt toast, licorace.

Taste: Burnt grilled hamburgers with burnt barbeque sauce, charred wood, alcohol. There's another taste that I can't begin to describe but it's actually quite bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body, lacks carbonation.

This is a complex, heavy beer worth exploring but I don't like the taste. It would be fun to drink one with friends to compare notes but it's really pretty yucky. I'll bet everybody else will love this beer to the point of insanity.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:33:32 | More by donmonkey1
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.