Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
941 Ratings
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

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 941 |  Reviews: 447
Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of thepeter
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a finger off white head
S - lots of licorice and then some roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.
T - Nice at startwith licorice/Anise Flavor as well as malt but gets a bit rough and strong after a second or two. finishes a bit rough as well, stronger aftertaste than I would like.
M - Not quite as full bodied as I would like and over carbonated
O - Did not live up to expectation, nothing close to the original, I would not mind a bit of the anise in my RIS but though.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Straight up licorice and lots of it! Pretty much all there is. VERY subtle bits of molasses and raisin.

(T)- Again, mountains of licorice like the smell was. Not much else to it besides licorice really. SOME roasted qualities, but subtle.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. The balance is ok, but you really really gotta love black licorice.

(D)- Again, if you do not like black licorice, stay far away from this one. It was still enjoyable, but I am also not a big black licorice fan.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of mikeczech
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black with a dark mocha head which is gone quickly.

Smells of black licorice(duh) and mint, coffee and a slight hop presence. Bready malt and burnt toast flavor come in as the beer warms. Booze have a play in the mix too.

Tastes of coffee, roasty toasty malts, and opposite the nose, a hint of anise. Tastes of some alcohol burn, but nicely done.

Feels full bodied, great thickness, just what I want from a stout. Low carbonation rounds out this great textured beer.

I love the flavor and complexity, I am new to the RIS category, but the flavors in this beer make me desire more stouts, and jealous of those who have the CBS and KBS available to them.


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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev 0%

2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of Abrahammer
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with a thick dark brown head that faded into a thin wispy film that left behind a great network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Black licorice, anise, rich fudge brownies and a bit of roast fill my nose. The anise really stands out and dominates just about all other scents.
T: Rich and chocolaty flavor with the anise coming through near the finish. I get a hint of vanilla mixed with sweet roasted malts as well. The anise wasn’t as strong as the nose, but there is still a pretty good amount of it.
M: Medium-thick body with a clean and chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is even and smooth.
O: Definitely a love it or hate it beer. This was too much anise for me to ever want to drink it again, but I didn’t think it was so awful that it could not be consumed. I’ll stick to the regular version from now on.

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Photo of FriarTuckInLuck
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Romulux
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Rickard
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this beer on tap when it first was released. I allowed my bottle to mellow since that sampling. The fact that a lot of these are still on store shelves speaks volumes about the quality of this product.

The scent was fairly nondescript, only giving subtle hints of maltiness. Only a slight head appeared, and the stout appeared thin. The initial taste was that of black licorice and something on par with Nyquil except a carbonated version. In the aftertaste, there is a hint of a tart tea. But a pleasant aftertaste does not replace the trauma of cold medicine flavored beer.

I have enjoyed many of the Stone beers over the years, but this is not their best effort. Next to the initial RIS, this seems a bizarre modification on an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of ajs4bd
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of NvMyBeer
1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 941 ratings
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