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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Belgo Anise

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RATINGS: 570   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 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Vintage 2011, odd year version. A: Black ale with cherry hedging and excellent clarity. Single finger of light mocha foam falls to a thin sheet of the same. No lacing. S: ANISE SEED TAKES 90%+ OF THIS AREA. As I really dig deep, I can reach in for some roasted notes, but again, the anise seed is exactly what I’m getting. I expected some of the Belgo yeast to add character here, and maybe it does, but the anise seed is soooo powerful, I can’t seem to really enjoy everything this beer could offer. Sometimes, just as I start to smell this, it reminds me of root beer, but then it just becomes overwhelming anise seed without any attempt at balance. T: Soooo, this is like anise seed tea, carbonated. There are some burnt coffee flavors in here. I’m tasting some of the belgian yeast in the finish, but overall the Anise is just too powerful to really enjoy an entire bomber of this beer. It reminds me of Raki, a turkish liquor that is also really strong in the anise seed flavors, and to be sipped over the course of quite some time (this is also quite thin and refreshing and flat). M: Thick and creamy feel with lower carbonation and a dry finish. Really a nice combination and the finish allows for resonance. Too bad the resonating flavors are offensive in intensity. O: This is really disappointing. I think this idea could really be great, but the execution here is a bit monolithic in profile of the flavor. The look and feel are great, but my olfactory and gustatory sensations are offended, this was a drain pour for me. Serving type: bottle 06-26-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Man in the Moon, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Liquorice, aniseed, raisin.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Liquorice, chocolate, aniseed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2011 bottle. Dark beer with a short lived brown head. Nose with lots of molasses, some wood and a darkness that I’ll attribute to the anise. This is not so much a black jelly bean anise flavor but more of a Good -n- Plenty. There is enough sweetness to balance but the whole thing is very big. Lively on the tongue but heavy on the palate. Interesting experiment...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
FROM NOTES: June 29, ’12 Poured from a cellared 2 ounce bomber into a pint glass. A: HOLY ANISE/LICORICE, BATMAN! Maybe some roasted malts, but did I mention anise...? A: Pours black with a finger-width tan head. T: Follows the nose with BIG TIME licorice/Anise Flavor and a hint of malt but gets a bit rough and strong after a second or two. Finished with the subtlety of a punch in the balls and a lingering aftertaste that you will not soon forget. P: Shockingly thin body and feels over-carbonated. O: Their Imperial Russian Stout is other-worldly GREAT, but this is a bit rough, like licking an ashtray and filling your sinus cavity with Anise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Aces and ales in 2011 bottle. Black pour with a thin milk chocolate head that settles around the edge of the glass. Nose is strong Oak and Belgian yeast. Not getting a lot of anise, maybe it died off. Taste is sweet chocolate mixed with Belgian yeast and a big backbone of oak in the finish. The anise/licorice is still there a bit, but must have died off since bottling. I really like this. I can understand why people prefer the normal RIS, but this isn’t as much of a fluke as others make it out to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (5509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Tastes like anus. Poured from draft at the avenue pub in New Orleans. Sweet and plum flavor. Not sure how to describe this but not a fan. The wife likes it. Hmmmm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1577) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
Det här var gott, riktigt gott dock komplext och därmed förbaskat svår att precisera. Dock var jag berusad vid intagandet så det här bör tas med en nypa salt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours dark black. Lots of licorice and oak. Sweet chocolate and malt also prominent. Very smooth beer. I like this quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1610) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at moeder lambic. 2011. Pours pitch Black, fluffy Big head. Smell is so much chocolate and licorice. Can't stop thinking about the candy of the same kind. The taste as Well man! Reminds me of a certain icelandic candy. The licorice gives almost sour notes. Didn't expect to find this beer, and definately didn't expect this taste! Really nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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