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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

M27, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

szartman, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

IlludiumQ36, Dec 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

ithinkimasofa, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black hue with a thin film of a head; nice lacing especially for the style; this looks thick, viscous, and awesome

S: Wow, that has licorice like over-the top black jelly beans, jagermeister, some subtle oak androasty malts but mostly sweet licorice awesomeness

T: So much salty licorice--like real Scandinavian licorice candy; some oaky roasted malts but man is this an anise bomb and I love it

F: Viscous body; thick and sticky and fantastic

O: Such an interesting, weird, awesome, LICORICE, stout--I love real, black, salty licorice and I love big stouts and I also love this beer

dbossman, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

ABVerageJoe, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.17/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. I hate the word "Belgo" but that's a personal thing. Let's see if the beer is better than the name.

3.5 A: Black color. Almost three fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is good and moderate amounts of nonuniform lacing are left.

2.5 S: The anise is sure there. There's tons of it. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing in itself. Rather, this barely smells like a stout. It smells more like a generic strong ale. Light roast with very little of the aromas that are common in stouts (chocolate, coffee, etc...). The Belgian yeast also doesn't work in this. Instead of giving me the standard spiciness, it simply comes off as muddled. The oak smells good though.

2.0 T: The Belgian component is much more apparent in the taste. Peppery spiciness with a fruity zing. Anise is abundant again as is the oak. The stout, however, is lacking again. Light roast and not much else. Like the nose, this seems more like a Belgian take on Arrogant Bastard than the RIS. In any case, it doesn't work.

2.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Seems light on the tongue, but not in a normal spritzy Belgian way. Also lacking creaminess. Not a fan of this either.

2.0 D: Really disappointing beer. I've had a number of American "Belgo" stouts this year and this is by far the worst.

DavoleBomb, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

ADTaber, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

dcstarkey, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

bolgiano, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours opaque black with a qtr inch brown head on it.

(S) Licorice, licorice, dark malts, licorice, coffee, and licorice.

(T) Not nearly as big on the licorice/anise as the nose, but it's still very present. It's not as overwhelming as I expected. I'm not a huge fan of black licorice, but the taste in the anise blends well with the cocoa and coffee and the roasted qualities of the malts. Fairly well blended.

(M) Very smooth, just like the original stout. Ends less dry than the original, but well balanced.

(O) Ok, the smell was a bit off-putting, but expected. Worst beer ever made? No, not by a long shot. Tastes like pepperoni? Not even. It was different, heavy on the anise in the nose but not as heavy in the taste, and still a well made beer. I'm curious to see what, if anything, time will do to this beast.

cjacobsen, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

jtk, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

DonDirkA, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Mjmoon15, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jkanavel
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.

jkanavel, Dec 13, 2011
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Thingus, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


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.

HopHead84, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Impenetrable darkness. Black, no brown in sight. Pours a mocha-hued two-finger head that settles into a honeycombed cm topcoating. There's a lot of visible carbonation that clings to the glass for a couple minutes after the pour--a bit odd for an RIS. Good amount of sticky icky lacing with good retention.

S: Heavy dose of stout cocoa, but not much coffee. The anise is obvious and blends well with the milk chocolate canvas. Some nuttiness here and there, and a little caramel swirl rounds things off. There's a little odd funk coming out as it warms and breathes.

T: This one is the closest a beer has come to Jagermeister for me, but this isn't a horrible thing here, just an interesting flavor profile to ponder. It's certainly the anise that takes it there (and the viscosity); others have pointed out the lack of anise in the taste, which is the opposite of what I'm getting. The anise is front and center, almost too much, and doesn't blend as well as it does in the nose. Nevertheless, there are other flavors there--sweet, chocolate malts that are usually at home in a milk stout, molasses and caramel, and a very faint banana hint of a Belgian (yeast) in the aftertaste. The oak chips are undetectable.

M: Oily and thick. It's there, you know it, and it sticks around after closing time. Good attributes IMO. A little spicy, some light carbonation (less than the look hints at), and very little of the 10.5 abv comes through in the taste or the mouthfeel.

I like the experiment, but I think this is a better beer sans anise.

Heavenisbeer, Dec 12, 2011
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.