Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EgadBananas on 05-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
941
Reviews:
447
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
21.65%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
159
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 941 |  Reviews: 447
Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on draft at Rock and Brews in El Segundo, they have apparently been aging it for 3 years. $7 for a tulip glass.

The name makes you think there is some promise here, but the flavor just doesn't live up to it. The great roasty malt flavor of the regular Stone RIS is almost non-existent, and is covered up by the belgian yeast and unusual anise flavor.

Glad to have tried it but wouldn't have it again, or recommend it to anyone.

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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.84/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Deep, inky black pour; opaque, sludgy looking; thick chocolate milk colored head with good retention.

S: Familiar notes of the original IRS to be found - dark roasted malts, black coffee, gourmet dark chocolate, dark fruit (plums/prunes), a vinous, boozy wallop that intensifies as the beer warms. Yet above it all is a huge smack of anise, bringing the distinct aroma of sticky, sweet black licorice. Even the booziness struggles to keep up with the overpowering licorice – this quickly becomes one dimensional as the stout reaches room temp.

T: Like the nose – the taste of licorice overpowers as the stout warms to room temp. The first few sips do showcase the bitterness of dark, roasted malts and black coffee, underlined with a bittersweet dark chocolate and a touch of vinous-like dark fruits; but the licorice rapidly takes charges and overpowers all other flavors to the point where the palate is left trying to discern a what was left of an otherwise solid IRS that has been transformed into sticky-sweet, slightly boozy mess. Also worth noting that I don’t pick up anything that would suggest the Belgian yeast at work.

M: Thick, chewy, creamy, but even that seems an afterthought given how dominant the licorice flavor has become.

O: If you like licorice – well this is your kind of stout. I do enjoy licorice, but in moderation. This, however, was anything but – it was a licorice bomb. I know the underlying IRS is fantastic, and I know Stone puts out fantastic variations of its IRS, but this version is just disjointed. Unbalanced, too sweet, over-done with the licorice. I finished the bomber, but the struggle was real. Maybe some age would help tame some of the licorice, but I’m not sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 941 ratings.
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