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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Photo of mikeczech
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
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 +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of Abrahammer
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +28.2%

Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Rickard
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
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 -28.8%

Photo of cbgbslev
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CelticAleMan
2/5  rDev -43%

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2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of NvMyBeer
1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

Photo of guild337
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Attic for the Stone event and just found my notes.

This one comes from tap to snifter a very dark brown color with a light brown cap of head. Retention is good and lacing drops some spidery legs in plenty.
The licorice I expect from the anise is there along with the additional almost coriander seed-like note. The Belgian yeast is evident but doesn't take away from the stout character. This is, of course, well-hopped, offering some citrus, herbal and flowery notes under a big malt. This is a good aroma, but something's missing that6 would push it beyond that. I had Weyerbacher's tiny a few weeks before this, and it just had more depth to it.
I can say tyhe same for the taste. The big malts base is there, roasty, chocolatey and coffee notes laying a backbone complemented by herbal, floral and citrus hops gently in the back. The anise doesn't mingle perfectly with the contrasting flavors, but refrains from being off-putting. Belgian yeast huddles underneath and whispers here and there. Flavors are big and may cover it up a bit.
The mouthfeel is a big and full as an RIS should be. Smoothness comes out from middle to finish and this beer goes down nicely despite the high ABV.
This seems like a good standard for an interesting beer. Having had Tiny, I'd say that beer would be the exceptional one in what will -probably be a series of attempts from many brewers, and this one will remain a solid, good example of the style. 4s across the board.

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Photo of jtmcgraw
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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