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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

901 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 22%
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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Anthony1

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-15-2011 06:51:39 | More by Anthony1
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Discordian

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +42.9%

12-15-2011 04:24:19 | More by Discordian
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bolgiano

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +42.9%

12-15-2011 02:35:23 | More by bolgiano
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-15-2011 02:25:34 | More by TXhomebrewer
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 21:33:37 | More by cjacobsen
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jtk

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-14-2011 14:34:28 | More by jtk
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-14-2011 03:14:06 | More by DonDirkA
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Mjmoon15

Georgia

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-14-2011 00:16:54 | More by Mjmoon15
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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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drummermattie02

Texas

2/5  rDev -42.9%

12-12-2011 20:47:24 | More by drummermattie02
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Thingus

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-12-2011 20:09:40 | More by Thingus
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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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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:47:19 | More by Heavenisbeer
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

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

Poured from a bomber into NB globe glass. A "2011 Odd Year Release" per the bottle.

A: Pours jet black, thick, with a two finger dark brown bubbly head that sticks to the glass as it recedes.

S: Overhwelming smell of chocolate, dried fruit, some licorice and little bit of pepper.

T: Warming alcohol up front with coffee, malts, licorice, raisin, and some hop spice. Finishes smooth with a lingering dark chocolate flavor.

M: Thick, slick, and oily. Slightly bubbly at first but finishes very smooth with a strong residual coating.

O: Overall I dont' notice the belgian flavor as much as I thought I would but the anise adds a nice touch of herbal licorice. The yeast change is most noticeable in the aftertaste which isn't as sweet as other examples of the style. Very good overall, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:40:22 | More by mattsdenney
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uziangis

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-11-2011 18:50:33 | More by uziangis
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-11-2011 00:41:35 | More by Atyoungberg
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-11-2011 00:00:44 | More by marct
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

5/5  rDev +42.9%

12-10-2011 17:13:53 | More by ROBSTARR
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Rckmo10

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-10-2011 04:54:40 | More by Rckmo10
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Britton

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-09-2011 18:49:15 | More by Britton
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-09-2011 05:28:27 | More by Exiled
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-09-2011 04:19:24 | More by rab53
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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CGMLS3

Florida

5/5  rDev +42.9%

12-09-2011 02:23:22 | More by CGMLS3
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.