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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with notes of fennel/anise, alcohol, vanilla, plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Somewhat rough and simple. Prominent anise note. Boozy and syrupy sweet. Only marginally better than the regular Impy Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pours near-black with a small brown head. Nose is deeply roasty with lots of coffee beans, chocolate, roasted barley, and some hops. Flavor jumps nose-deep into hops, and, dare I say, has a pepperoni-like flavor dominating the palate from front to back. The roasty components are not as outspoken once youíve had a gulp or two. This is one of the lesser offers Iíve had from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (3236) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Decent idea but too much of the anise flavor. Really had potential but i didnt get the oak flavor or the belgian yeast at all because I was so distracted by this sambuca rip off I was drinking. Was slightly unpleasant to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Black pour, big tan head. LIcoricey earthy nose with spice and sweet roasty aroma. Roasty and bitter with a strong earthy spicey yeast flavor and a load of anise. Rather herbal as it finishes. Body is full and rich. This didnít really work for me. I love Stoneís IRS, I love anise, and I generally like Stoneís belgian yeast Put them together and it feels rather medicinal and somehow less than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle - pours out a dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is chocolatey with some oak notes as well as a bit of anise. Taste is awkward; uninviting and bland. Thankfully I had multiple beers before I had this one. Too much carbonation and while I do appreciate the attempt at trying a different RIS, I believe they need to stick with the original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (7663) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
14/I/2012 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - BB: n/a (2012-54) Thanks to Antoine & Nicholas for bringing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: anise, liquorish, some caramel. MF: good carbon, full body. Taste: anise, liquorish, bit salty, some coffee bitterness. Aftertaste: mocha, caramel, liquorish, anise. Bah. Donít like this. More like Dutch Anise if you ask me. :p

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tom10101 (4903) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle (22 oz) 2011. From dresden, thanks! Black with a medium creamy brown head, good retention, some lacing. Aroma is liquorice/anise, roasted malt and slight smokey notes. Taste is sweet with cloying liquorice/anise and not much else except slight roasted malt notes. Medium body. Alcohol is present and warming. No balance. I prefer not to thing how much anise was present when fresh. Low drinkability. Miles away from the regular Stone RIS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Draft at Closed for Business.This is some nasty stuff! Black pour with a thin tan head. Anise smell (ugh). Anise taste (Ugh). Hand this to the wife who loves it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On draft at Vine and Barley. Dark pour with very minimal head. Aroma and flavor on this one was just too confusing for me. Nothing seemed to match up and it just seemed very unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6080) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer Temple. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of anise, Dutch liquorice and loads of it. Flavour of roasted malts, but mainly anise and Dutch liquorice. Sweet. Medium to fullbodied, cloying, too sweet, too much anise.

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