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Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (3941) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2014
Rated on 11-20-2011. When poured, this bottled beer has a medium sized fizzy tan head with a short retention, opaque body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, roasted, chocolate, sweet, and anise. The flavor is sweet, pine hops, malt, roasted, anise, alcohol, and anise. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium-full bodied. This is a sipping beer, some alcohol comes out in the flavor and a beer worth trying.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1046) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Just finished up a 08, 11-14 vertical of regular. This was the worst of the bunch. Held onto it thinking the licorice would drop off. No. Still smells line licorice and tastes like licorice. Decent. But the variation adds nothing but subtracts quite a but.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (425) - Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2014
bomber pour..2011 odd year..fairly black color with a mocha/tan head..small bubbles atop a larger than expected head..aroma is not the highlight here with stout qualities and as others have stated a somewhat bandaid like presence. mouthfeel is quite creamy and vanilla heavy with roasty qualities..not getting as much of the licorice like stuff from the anise..definitely an interesting offering with some dark fruity plum..mandarin orange in the fray as well...ok..but not on par with the regular ris...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 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 a big step in the wrong direction from the excellent, better balanced, ’regular’ Imp. Stout which I last had less than 48 hours ago.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1193) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
Thanks Jef @RBBWG14! Pours dark brown with orange highlights. And a tiny head. The smell is anise, dark roasted malt, chocolate. The taste is dark fruit, anise, dark roasted malt. The body is medium with active carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sandygoonie (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Smell like a stout...but addition of a phenolic bandaid. Taste yeasty and somewhat sour. Not a big fan.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ColovianTrader (191) - - JAN 21, 2014
Starts like any good stout, with flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The anise taste bites hard, but is somewhat smooth out with flavors of vanilla bean, toasted grain and wood. The Belgian yeast is definitely noticeable but not overly strong. It somewhat detracts from the rich stout flavors in my opinion. Finish is sweet with hints of brown sugar and cream. I like experimental and unique beers, but the flavors don’t mesh that well in this one. But a below average imperial stout is still better than most other beers.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
bottle at RBWG14 ; Pours black, small grey head Smell is pure anise . OK carbo . Taste is anise, some roasted malts . Not that thick . sweet, vanilla . Ok ..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Salmoniform (250) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2011 poured from bottle to tulip glass. Dark opaque hue with thick brown head that lingered. Aroma is anise, esters, sugar, floral, earthy, bitter cocoa, slight funk, ethanol. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an astringent following and slight ethanol finish. Slight CO2 bite. Overall, this is an interesting brew. I’ve not previously had anything quite like it and most likely never will in the future, but I like it.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 11.01.2014, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is kind of strange sweet spicy, dak malts, anise, yeast, hand lotion, spices, citrus, mint. Taste is kind of strange sour-ish and sweet, yeast, dark malts, anise, citrus, spices, hints of cardboard. Medium bitterness, thin amost medical harsh mouthfeel. Just weird, not even close to my cup of tea.


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