Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Belgo Anise Imperial Russian StoutBelgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
BA SCORE
3.5/5
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
pDev:
21.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
159
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 941 |  Reviews: 447
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of imbibehour
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. 2011 odd year release.

A very large cocoa brown head off the pour is made somewhat uniform bubbles, good together swirling lacing.

Faint anisette qualities on the nose. Candy, and mild malt feel with lots of sweet Belgian style sense (yeast). Roast character lacking, but definitely a nice bouquet, not an overpowering sugar bomb, I enjoy it.

Taste is all black licorice/fennel/anise. Nothing else comes through, no malty backbone, no roast character, fruit... nothing, just lots of sweetness and exacerbating the sticky sweet quality. After some time the tongue and palate gets really dried out.

Well, pretty disappointed with this Russian Imperial from Stone as well. Drinkable yes but I would rather have Labyrinth from Uinta than this which is sort of similar in style but better tasting.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of imperialking
1.75/5  rDev -50%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone bomber, 2011 "odd year" offering. Typical IRS presentation, thick mocha head stays for a good long while. Tiny bubble sheen, scattered lacing.

Complex nose, chocolate, smokey burnt malts, licorish, dark fruits.

Flavorful, complex, well crafted, alot going on here. Follows the theme started by the nose, more smoke, chocolate, licorish, figs, a late minty note, dry and clean in the finish. Delicious stout, Belgian twist adds to the complexity and interest. Smooth and tasty on the tongue. Go get some of this interesting brew, would love to try it with a charred steak or with a fruity chocolate dessert....c'mon people..the numbers for the reviews of this one are way out of whack

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anise. Mmkayy. The first sip of this did not work for me, and I was prepared to not appreciate this beer. That did not last long though as I felt my mouth being coated by the thick body of the beer and the ingredients continued to hit mouth with the flavor profile. It gelled with my tastebuds and worked pretty quickly. The standard Stone RIS is a beer that, in my opinion, shouldn't be messed with, so I take this...decision...as a dangerous one. It works though, in its own way. But it'll be a one time shot for me as the anise is something I don't really want to return to. Excellent mass produced experiment with anise though. That should be commended.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY. Cool to see this here, even though I've heard it was a disaster when released in '11. Hope time has tamed down some of the more unpleasant flavors that I've heard about.

This one pours a deep, dark, opaque black, like every Stone IRS variant. There's a small head, and a small amount of lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, dark roast, and just the slightest hint of dark licorice.

I've heard that when this beer was released, the anise flavor was just overpowering and unpleasant. 4 years later, the anise seems to be pretty mild, which is nice, because I don't love anise or licorice flavors. It's a nice earthy counterpoint to the bitter chocolate and bitter dark roast of the malt. There's some slight hop bitterness, but way less than fresh IRS, of course. This really is pretty solid- it seems time has been quite kind to this beer.

This is pretty thick in body and mouthfeel, creamy, and very drinkable. There's a moderate level of carbonation.

It was interesting to try this beer all these 4 years later. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark brown, near black. Thin tan head and slight lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and a hint of anise and Belgian spice. A spicy, estery flavor up front followed by roast malt. chocolate and light caramel. Finish is anise with a light hop kick. Nice light creamy body. Side by side tasting with the regular Stone RIS, which had a more standard smokey and dark malt and dark fruit flavor up front, but still had a somewhat estery finish with a strong alcohol component. The Belgo has a nicer finish than the standard, but a more unusual overall taste progression. It is unusual and interesting.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4" tan head. No lacing develops.

Smell: anise is up front with some roasted tones in the background.

Taste: big roasted malt flavors with copious amounts of anise, dark bitter chocolate, prunes, and some moderate earthy tones. Decent bitterness levels. Alcohol is definitely warming here.

Mouthfeel:medium-heavy in body. Crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Definite dryness arrives late.

Overall. Very slow drinking beer. Anise is unique but becomes a bit overwhelming as the glass empties.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really playing with the IRS recipes this year, we had a bourbon one, now one with a different yeast, and now you added anise to it. I liked it but not as much as I hoped for. Served on draft at Churchkey in a snifter.

Beer is black with no head low carbonation, no lacing, looks like a stout.

Beer smells roasty, mildly malty and at the end some licorice / anise, smells nice actually.

Beer is thin to medium in body and a little sweet, the anise comes up in the mid to back half of the palate. It is present but almost gives the beer a candy like flavor to it. Not my favorite but I still love Stone. Keep it up Greg and company.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Stone Bistro on 6/30/11.

A - Poured dark black with a small amount of brown head

S - Intense licorice domonates the nose with some faint roasted malts in the background.

T/O - Heavy licorice with roasted malts and coffee. The anise/licorice really dominates this beer and I think it would be much more balances and better overall if they toned down the anise. That said, I normally HATE the taste of licorce yet I somehow really enjoyed this beer, which scores some points with me.

M - Medium to full body. Chewy. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a tan head that fades pretty quickly. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer- specifically, how intense the anise was, how sweet the beer was, and how many other flavors were brought to the party to balance things. The answer is that the anise is very dominant in the beer. It starts off very dry and reminds me strikingly of Swedish licorice candies, which are not very sweet, but display a burst of dry licorice flavor. As the beer warms and opens up, it becomes sweeter and more like a pastis. Either way, the dominant flavor is by far anise with its strong licorice notes. You get this in both the nose and taste. I happen to like licorice flavors, so I enjoyed the beer fairly well. My wife, who loves RISs, but isn't a huge fan of licorice, couldn't drink this beer at all- total drain pour for her. I could certainly understand how you could go either way here. I do think the beer is a tad too sweet, regardless, and is fairly one note- the other stout flavors are buried by the anise. It is nice and creamy, and if you love anise you'll probably love the beer. I think it's drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is straight black licorice with a little bit of roasted malt and chocolate mixed in. The flavor is even more one dimensional than the aroma. Other than the black licorice, I don't get anything, which is very disappointing. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The anise/licorice really took over this beer, resulting in a beer I did not care for.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout

Pours a midnight black into the snifter, off white/brown head forms and leaves little lacing. Looks appealing and dark. Aroma full of anise, with some oaky suggestions as well. In the flavor, big roasted malt, big anise, some well defined oak/vanilla/wood notes pairing well and even cutting some of the anise flavors. A small piney hop is noticed cold, but upon warming is lost. Mouthfeel is full bodied but ultra smooth. Overall, not an every day drinker, but a nice brewing experiment.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 John_M
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Matt's (slatetank) birthday stout tasting.

The Belgo Anise pours a blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. On the nose.... good grief!!! The licorice aroma in this beer is completely overpowering, making it impossible to detect anything else. Also, while I think a hint of licorice is fine in the aroma profile of an IRS, this is just completely over the top. The flavorful profile is nearly as bad, though as the beer warmed up a bit, I started to get detect a hint of chocolate and coffee. However, the anise flavor continues to completely dominate the flavor profile, which adds an extra added degree of sweetness that I really don't care for. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, smooth, licorice finish. Also, I should add that this beer is pretty boozy, which coupled with the licorice and sweetness, really hurts this beer's drinkability. I cannot imagine trying to drink a bottle of this stuff.

Uggghhh.... You have to give Stone credit for experimenting and trying new things, but this is one experiment that didn't pan out (IMHO).

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