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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

919 Ratings
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 22%
Wants: 19
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 05-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

A: 1/4" light brown head over black liquid.

S: Licorice, smoke, oak and yeast.

T: Smoke up front with a licorice and oak finish over top of a toasted malt and coffee backdrop.

M: Medium to thick carbonation and a medium level of carbonation.

O: There are too many flavours in this Russian Imperial Stout. The smoke and black licorice do not compliment as much as compete.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.