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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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Normally a fan of the Stone Imperial Russian Stout, which has solid chocolate and espresso flavors and molasses and anise sugars in it, but something about the yeast and oak gave this a tannic, tart aspect that was not to my liking.

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Photo of charlzm
1.92/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Consumed May 26th, 2014 from a cellared bottle. Kept in a dark refrigerator at about 50 degrees since purchase. Serving temp about 50 degrees F.

Appearance is about one brown shade short of being black. No highlights. Mocha-colored head about a finger tall forms then provides sticky sheeting throughout the rest of the glass.

Aroma is weird: herbal, peppery and slightly medicinal more than anything else. A slight cocoa note at the end of the whiff. Is this what anise devolves into in three years?

Flavor is strange and, for the most part, disagreeable. Up front is a slightly sour, slightly tart fruit note. Stout characters (chocolate, coffee, roasted malts) are almost completely absent. Slightly powdery, yeasty floral note on the finish. Aftertaste of old, sour coffee. Wretched. As others have said, it is like putting a shot of J├Ągermeister in your beer.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and there is some alcohol heat, but it took some effort to stop wincing and focus on this instead of the flavor.

I recall not liking this beer fresh and age has done nothing to change that. I'm not surprised they didn't re-brew this one. What surprises me is that it was released at all.

I poured out the remainder of the bottle after about five or six sips. Revolting.

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Photo of dazedandconfused
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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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%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of oso
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JJStout83
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish, almost blackish body with decent head and lace patches. Hate to say it but the "jager" comparisons hold some validity as it has that overpowering licorice/anise type aroma and is dominant in the taste. That being said, I didn't find that to be the only aromatic or taste sensation and I wouldn't call this beer a disaster (just not a fave of mine). There are also touches of dark chocolate and some other sticky, almost syrupy sugary malt goodness in the aroma and taste. Smooth beer, lighter body for a stout, actually easy to drink and overall isn't bad but sometimes the sweetness, especially that "jager" aspect, become to much at times. Worth trying but not something I will try to find again (which won't be hard).

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Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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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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