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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Belgo Anise

Serve in Snifter


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 event in Baltimore. Dark black, almost no white ring. Lots of milky sweetness, light oat and grain notes, creamier than the other Impy stouts, and like 10th Anniversary, a bit more balance and showing less age than the others, though without the fruit complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4706) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: Pours out an essentially black body with a thick, persistent, light beige-hued head. Smell: Still contains the chocolaty, coffee-hinted, roasty aromas of the original, but it seems softer, less punchy. The aroma gains some enduring spicy phenols and a vigorous dark fruitiness teamed with a bit of banana. Taste: Sweet, sugared, coffee-toned roastiness enveloping melty chocolate morsels given a sweetness boost from a few sugar packets. Slightly elevated fruitiness of faintly tart plums, prunes, and even a bit of banana. Spicy traces of licorice powder and coriander throughout the flavor. Complimentary bitterness, though still seemingly less than one would find in the original. Finishes a tad sweet with a small sip of chocolate-flavored coffee and slowly closes with a lingering fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: The selected Belgian yeast strain provides for some fun, new nuances. Itís a nice novelty, though I would still take the original Stone RIS over this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Black pour, Aroma is char, burnt chocolate malt, chocolate, a bit of roast, and some fruity yeast esters. Flavor is rich chocolate, milk, some roast, tar, and banana, fruity yeast esters. I rarely like stouts made with belgian yeast. I just donít enjoy this combination of flavors I think, This seems well made, not to disjointed, but I donít enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
On tap at Small Bar - Logan. Thanks Kan for the sample. Black pour with a beige head. Lots of Belgian yeast in the nose with burnt malts and candies. Sweet chocolate candied flavors overly sweet and strange with that Belgian yeast. Sweet finish. 7/3/7/3/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover tour event. pours jet black with a thick, creamy, beige head with sheets of lace left on the glass. aroma is damn nice and very unique with big roasted malts, cocoa, licorice, and light coffee backed by spicy, herbal yeast, sage, orange peel, and dark raisins. flavor is delicious as well with the belgian yeast adding a unique, herbal, spicy complement to the roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate sauce of the irs with smokey licorice and dark fruits on the back end. palate is full bodied and smooth on the tongue with light carbonation and a lingering, herabl, roasted finish. overall, an interesting and delicious take on the irs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Thin black pour with a khaki head. Aroma is slightly smoky with some milk chocolate and rum. Odd blend of citrus, dark malts, and burnt toast. Finish is charred toast and dark chocolate. Definitely not my favorite Stone stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Draft at Small Bar. Pours black with a tan head (like most everything I had on tap that night). Aroma of belgian yeast that stands out. Chocolate and coffee from the Imperial Stout. I think it was an interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Had at the stone tasting in NY at Rattle ní Hum with James and Andrew. Pour was a dark body with some off white head. The aroma seemed to be a bit smokey, with hints of hops. The flavor was more bitter than expected, in a good way. full of dark hops and yeast. very enjoyable indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
draft at small bar logan square. pours black with tan head. nose has a huge Belgian yeast aroma - spicy and herbal with dk fruit undertones. flavors again have a big dark fruit and spicy Belgian yeast but just an overpowering big spicy and earthy thing going on. flavors meshing odd with licorice and chocolate rounding it out. not a good example of americans using belgian yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (7839) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark belgian candy sugar aroma with some roasted malts. The flavor has roasted malts, candy sugar, belgian yeast, and some hoppy notes in the background. Very good, of the 4 Stone IRS variations I had, this one was my favorite.

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