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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17803) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, liquorice and anise. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. 050313

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15516) - DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, anise, liquorice and spices. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, medium sweet, anise, spices, little liquorice, hop and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in Spring 2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, anise, raisin, prune, oak, light coffee, herbal, light clove, earth, and yeast esters. Nice and unique aromas with good complexity and strength, but the anise does overpower the other flavors quite a bit; very interesting. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, anise, raisin, prune, oak, toast, light coffee, light smoke, earth, and light yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, licorice, anise, cocoa, dark fruit, roasted malt, toast, oak, light coffee, light smoke, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of robust roasted flavors, anise, yeast, and oak; with hardly any cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick,. and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice and unique imperial stout offering. Nice complexity and balance of robust roasted flavors with anise and yeast esters; and fairly smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3rd November 2011
Opaque black beer, decent brown head. Smooth palate with a little fine carbonation. Smooth dark malt, not roasty or bitter. Trace of coffee and a nice amount of aniseed. Finishes with tangy dark malt. Not bad but this experiment is lacking something to bring it all together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
his is Stone’s Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout ale brewed with anise, oak chips, and Belgian yeast. Pours a very dark brown/black with a decent light brown head. Roasted malts and sweet caramel malts are the most noticeable. You can also pick up some fruit sweetness from the Anise. Wow does this beer have flavor! There are so many heavy robust flavors including roasted malts, anise, cocoa, yeast, and you can definitely pick up the oak as well. A great sipping beer and well worth the $7. I think this is the first beer I’ve ever had that’s been worthy of a "10" in taste. A must try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Art (3150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Not really digging the anise. I know it's in the name but I snagged it before I realized. Plus I couldn't pass it up. I need to get my hands on the regular version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, hints of dark fruits, slight yeast notes, with a hint of grainy notes as well. Taste is a mix of sweet Belgian yeast and fruity esters, some slight chocolate, coffee, very roast, more anise comes through here, with a touch of spice, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Interesting, but a bit too much going on.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
thedm (5787) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of cascading foam fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was of Anise clove and alcohol. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The awful flavor contained notes of strong Anise. A horrible flavor of Anise which I did not like at all results in a "I would rather not drink again" rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6846) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2012
650ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Plain chocolate, aniseed, liquorice and roasted malt in the aroma. Rich and roasted taste with some acidic hints and notes of anise, plain chocolate, coffee, salty liquorice and dried fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2012
Bobmer, SB. Pours pitch black with a huge creamy tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is roasted sweet malty anise yeasty spicy. Flavor is acidy spicy slightly sweet bitter dark chocolate licorice, a vit thin body. Fikishes bitter roasted and acidy.

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