Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by EgadBananas on 05-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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