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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in Spring 2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, anise, raisin, prune, oak, light coffee, herbal, light clove, earth, and yeast esters. Nice and unique aromas with good complexity and strength, but the anise does overpower the other flavors quite a bit; very interesting. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, anise, raisin, prune, oak, toast, light coffee, light smoke, earth, and light yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, licorice, anise, cocoa, dark fruit, roasted malt, toast, oak, light coffee, light smoke, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of robust roasted flavors, anise, yeast, and oak; with hardly any cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick,. and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice and unique imperial stout offering. Nice complexity and balance of robust roasted flavors with anise and yeast esters; and fairly smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:55:32 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

11-20-2011 03:20:41 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-16-2012 08:28:02 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +14.3%

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

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. 2011 odd year release.

A very large cocoa brown head off the pour is made somewhat uniform bubbles, good together swirling lacing.

Faint anisette qualities on the nose. Candy, and mild malt feel with lots of sweet Belgian style sense (yeast). Roast character lacking, but definitely a nice bouquet, not an overpowering sugar bomb, I enjoy it.

Taste is all black licorice/fennel/anise. Nothing else comes through, no malty backbone, no roast character, fruit... nothing, just lots of sweetness and exacerbating the sticky sweet quality. After some time the tongue and palate gets really dried out.

Well, pretty disappointed with this Russian Imperial from Stone as well. Drinkable yes but I would rather have Labyrinth from Uinta than this which is sort of similar in style but better tasting.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:40:31 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep black color, very dark with no color tinges at all. A very small tan head formed on top with a little bit of retention, but eventually there was nothing on top. Left behind wisps of thin lacing.

S: A surprising amount of cocoa on the nose with some roast and a little bit of licorice. There is a touch of molasses and a hint of dark fruit.

T: Again, quite chocolaty - surprisingly so. There is some coffee and more licorice and the anise comes through a little bit. Slight hop presence on the back end. Really, much better than expected.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. It is rather oily and slick with a dry finish.

O: Compared to what I had heard about this beer, I liked it a good bit. For being rather fresh, the usual harshness was gone and was replaced with lots of chocolate. Prefer the regular RIS to this for sure, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 20:52:09 | More by mdaschaf
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with a deep brown cap that started out about an inch and a half high and settled to a lasting half inch. There was some clumpy lacing on the glass. The anise is front and center in the aroma, with bready and roasted notes around the edges. Hints of chocolate and raisins, malted milk. Sturdy bitterness, but this was overshadowed by the medicinal quality of the anise -- a fairly intense licorice flavour that seemed to drown out a lot of the malt presence as well. Malty sweetness, roast and chocolate were still present, but muted. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation and mild alcohol warmth, slight astringency, nice texture overall. I can't say that I'm a fan of anise, so this worked out better than expected for me. However, I vastly prefer the regular version and found that any Belgian character that might be present couldn't really stand out against the anise.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 20:38:46 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14.3%

04-27-2013 09:06:32 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

12-21-2012 19:57:34 | More by sendbeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-26-2013 00:35:16 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-09-2014 17:31:54 | More by afsdan
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz 2011 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours near black and sits black and opaque in the glass. Small bubbly head sonn retreats but some lacing is provided.

Aroma: sweet, woodsy with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor: robust and rich with a very obvious contribution from the anise, a more moderate impact of the oak, and some funky-fruity aspects from the Belgian yeast. Probably less sweet than the anise makes it seem, but seems a little too sweet.

Feel: full body with soft, medium-low carbonation.

O: interesting but the special treatmnet is heavy handed, making a big step in the wrong direction from the excellent, better balanced, 'regular' Stome RIS which I last had less than 48 hours ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:52:47 | More by chinchill
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billab914

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into y CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a strong anise presence. It has more of a bubble gum, fruity, licorice flavor that I don't think works for it at all. I get a little dark, roasted malts to it, but the anise is overwhelming in it.

The taste also unfortunately is dominated by the anise. I get a some vanilla to it up front and some roasty, bitter malts in the finish. The anise is too much for me though.

The mouthfeel is heavy and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is moderate for the style. Overall I just didn't find to be a very good beer. The anise was just too dominating and covered up too much of the IRS flavors. It just didn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:30:49 | More by billab914
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Brad007

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the universal hue for stouts (dark, dark black) with a one-finger brown head into my glass. If it looks like a stout, it must be a stout, right?

Creamy and spicy with only a mild amount of roasted malt in the nose. A bit of cocoa here and there. Very balanced for the style. I don't feel overwhelmed at all.

The anise is present upfront and it is actually kind of unpleasant. I don't know why but it detracts from the creaminess and the roasted malt. I'm just not feeling it.

Mouthfeel is a bit weird as well but somewhat more tolerable. Again, not my thing.

Pass, big time. I would rather have the original.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:15:19 | More by Brad007
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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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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-15-2013 17:53:41 | More by THECPJ
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drummermattie02

Texas

2/5  rDev -42.9%

12-12-2011 20:47:24 | More by drummermattie02
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2012 04:43:00 | More by rolltide8425
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

09-04-2012 01:00:17 | More by Zaphog
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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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2013 17:36:24 | More by scruffwhor
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black with a giant tan head that sticks around forever and all over the glass. Smells of chocolate and anise right up front. Dark caramel, roasted grains and spicy Belgian yeast esters in there as well. The licorice/anise aroma is quite strong in this one. Taste is licorice/anise and milk chocolate initially. Roasted grains and dark caramel are in there as well. A hint of alcohol midway through then a long lingering dark chocolate and anise in the finish. Creamy and bubbly mouthfeel, spirited level of carbonation with a thick body. I didn't really find any of the oak but then again I was assaulted by black licorice. I thought this was only ok as is, I wonder how this will age.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:31:08 | More by johnnnniee
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bark

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-14-2012 15:53:54 | More by bark
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan-brown head. Fades to the edges leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - Strong Licorice and some chocolate.

T - Similar to the scent, but more muted and balanced.

D - Good carbonation, heavier body.

O - If you like Good and Plentys, this one is for you. Better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:30:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black with a khaki collar and a few islands of foam.

Smell - Black licorice. Sweet. Faint chocolate. Train wreck of a smell. I keep going back for more whiffs even though it's terrible.

Taste - Fruity. Anise is strong, amplifying the fruity flavors. Chocolate and bitter aftertaste. Not anywhere near as bad as the taste.

Mouthfeel - Lots of fruit without being overly sweet though. A lingering anise flavor. Not too boozy.

Overall - It's not awful, but the anise is a huge detractor. I expected something unpalatable from the reviews.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 10:55:34 | More by Alieniloquium
Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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