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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Belgo Anise

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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3789) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
Bottled. Pours black with an average brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, anise, coffee, wood, licorice and roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4355) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, soy, dry dog food and a hint of anise. Flavour anise, liquorice, malts and roasted malts. Quite full body. Finish anise, liquorice, roasted malts, hint of coffee.
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Shared by Jeff, thanks!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7683) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, creamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, anise, black rye bread, dried fruit, soy sauce and spices (ginger?). Malty, roasted taste with anise, liquorice, chocolate, black rye bread, prunes, raisins, cacao and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a smooth and rounded mouthfeel. A certain sweetness coming through. Lots of anise and liquorice character, but itís very well balanced despite the alcohol level and the spicy Belgian yeast character. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Aged 3 years (2011 vintage): I really wanted to age this longer, but itís more important that I make room in my cellar. So, with a heavy but happy heart, I am now privileging myself to this heavy but happy ale. Its brown head is still full, but bubbly, and relinquishes itself after a minute or two upon the deep, black-colored surface. The nose is still strong and potent with notes of alcohol and roasted malts, but with a strikingly unique blend of Belgian yeast and anise. Two flavors that are distinct enough on their own to dominate a beer have actually blended very well over three years to create a soft, but sharp, character that is no longer subject to my complaints of either. Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout Overall, the aroma is soft and sweet, with a touch of alcohol, roasted malts and chocolate forming the base. Itís wildly different once you take a drink, and although itís so strongly flavored at first it really rolls over the tongue in such an almost velvety way that you can forgive what feels like a hoard of Belgian yeast spores dragging bitter chocolate and anise-laden roasted malts across a charred, almost smoky tongue. Itís full, yet light in an almost fruity way, reminding me of a sweet, but full-bodied wine. The Belgian yeast seems to be walking an extremely straight line here, and has yet to tip into any uncomfortable territory. It really is a nice blend of not only the yeast and anise flavors, but also the yeast and roasted malt flavors. Itís bright for such a dark beer, and actually tastes like it could easily age for another few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4777) - Fort Wayne, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (2355) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (698) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (3901) - 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, íregularí Imp. Stout which I last had less than 48 hours ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2516) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sandygoonie (48) - 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.

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