Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
BA SCORE
44.8%
Liked This Beer
3.5 w/ 941 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by EgadBananas on 05-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
447
Ratings:
941
Liked:
422
Avg:
3.5/5
pDev:
21.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
159
Trade:
6
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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
Beer rating: 44.8% out of 100 with 941 ratings
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