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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

901 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
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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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

10-06-2013 21:27:28 | More by SHerninko
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Belgo Anise RIS 2011
Slick black pour, rich cappuccino head of two finger widths. Body near solid black. Now when I hold my pint to some light i see on the edge of the inside of the glass some tan floating objects, and even more sitting on the bottom as I lift up the glass and look underneath, these objects look like large sawdust chunks. Interesting. No cork involved here. Part of Stone's craft I suppose.
Smells nice with slight anise and powdery milk chocolate. Muted scent, but nice what's there.
This tastes a little nicer than I remember the first and only other time I tried it, and it just must be the age i put on this one (2 yrs.). Milk chocolate smoothness, and the anise seems more tame and lends a creamy note somehow, with the anise more resembling now a syrupy bite reminding me of Bosco syrup as if I'm tasting it in an egg cream. I didnt expect to like it this much now, given my prior mediocre thoughts on the initial taste of once having it fresh years past. As it warms i pick up more licorice, and I'm one who does like licorice. Maybe that factor is the dividing line between promoters & detractors of Stone's BARIS, who knows. More warming and here comes the Sambuca sensation, but althewhile this feels creamy and smooth. There is a lingering burning sensation in my mouth after the taste, somewhat odd and numbing, but I'll chalk it up to the anise. I'm sure not for everyone, but yes for me and only with some age.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:01:18 | More by TBoneJones
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Jgrody

California

4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Dark and thick, with a brown lacy head. Smells of anise, chocolate, roasted coffee. Tastes like a chocolate root beer. I bought a bunch of them. They are aging nicely. The warmness of the alcohol is mellowing out and more anise and chocolate flavors are coming through. I also recommend this with a scoop of chocolate ice cream, making a beer float!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 17:07:53 | More by Jgrody
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Reappropriated

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

09-10-2013 23:59:29 | More by Reappropriated
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

09-03-2013 01:11:36 | More by Arsenal0328
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californiaslim

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

09-02-2013 17:55:27 | More by californiaslim
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Draught2012

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

09-02-2013 13:32:14 | More by Draught2012
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bmmortale

Maryland

3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-25-2013 15:19:30 | More by bmmortale
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Eriktheipaman

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

08-14-2013 04:24:12 | More by Eriktheipaman
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%

08-14-2013 00:25:41 | More by nas5755
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (so glad to find this one)

A: Pitch black all the way through with a nice slightly mocha head that is about 1 finger thick but disappears pretty quickly. Also, it pours with a lot of tiny bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Reminds me of the Belgian Yeti. It is quite sweet with just a hint of licorice in there (anise) with just a hint of malts. There is a subtle undertone of roasted malts aged on oak as well.

T: Wow, very interesting. This tastes like what I imagine a much better version of the Belgian Yeti would taste like, maybe this is what it would taste like if it had anise in it. Lots of belgian sweetness (like a tripel or quad) with notes of anise. There is quite a lot of oak in there as well. It almost tastes different with each sip. It is a swirl of anise, sweet malts, belgian yeastiness, and a bit of roastiness with oak. No alcohol burn at all. The worse part is definitely the tangy aftertaste but you don't really start to notice it until about halfway through the bottle. It is very belgian and tangy.

M: Quite prickly and coarse. It is a bit syrupy but has a nice level of carbonation that helps out alot.

O: I can see where all of the love it or hate it comes from with this beer. It has a very polarizing flavor profile. I was so surprised to find this so long after it was released (they must have kept like 20 of them in the back for a while). I wonder what this tasted like fresh though.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 18:44:16 | More by gillagorilla
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Crazydaddyo

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-11-2013 16:45:11 | More by Crazydaddyo
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

08-08-2013 21:16:14 | More by bmjivi221
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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moonknight31

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

07-24-2013 05:51:41 | More by moonknight31
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-23-2013 04:14:31 | More by jaydoc
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jborg

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2013 01:37:53 | More by jborg
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kell50

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-18-2013 00:59:30 | More by kell50
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-16-2013 02:20:48 | More by Kegatron
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-13-2013 17:06:02 | More by pathman
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Zbeetleman

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-10-2013 01:34:49 | More by Zbeetleman
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jaxon53

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

07-07-2013 11:52:21 | More by jaxon53
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%

07-05-2013 20:20:08 | More by WOLFGANG
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-02-2013 15:22:57 | More by RMoeNay
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -50%

07-02-2013 15:22:18 | More by Achoo_Bacca
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.