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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, 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 (6371) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2011
This Stone didn’t work for me. The licorice and malt aromas were a strange combination. The anise taste overtakes the rest of the flavors. I was looking forward to what the Belgian yeast would do. Pours black, with a dark tan head. Anise, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose. The anise really stands out in here. Flavor is the same good old Stone IRS, but overpowered by the anise. They really put too much of the stuff in here, I couldn’t finish it. Bomber was split, And didn’t go over well with my friends. I am Amazed it gets such a good rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
At Chriso New Year 2011/12 tasting. Black beer lasting thick beige head. Aniseed on aroma. Yes too much aniseed some decent impy stout but ruined one of my favourite beers with the anise

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/9/2011. Served on tap at Bangers & Lace in a tasting glass. The glass is black through with just a touch of mahogany at the edge. A nice creamy head laces up the glass with each sip. Belgian yeast and tons of black licorice flood the nose, overpowering the roasted malt and obliterating the dark fruits I was expecting. Up front I am graced with a quick molasses sweetness, but this is mostly black licorice, unfortunately. Wave after wave of anise lash my tongue, crushing my hopes of having an interesting new take on the IRS. This has a medium body for the style. It feels lighter than the original because of the cutting anise flavor and acrid nature of the beer. Smooth, creamy carbonation cannot save this from the flavor. Overall, this is definitely worse than the (phenomenal) regular Stone Imperial Stout. I would not order this again, and I would venture to say this is one of the worst offerings I have ever had from Stone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on September 14th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with read head.
Aroma: Aroma of coffee, licorice.
Taste: Faint hop, coffee, too much licorice sweetness.
Palate: Medium body, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: This is a well made beer but the amount of licorice is just too much for me, and I enjoy licorice. Only could drink 4-5 ounces of it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Wow, talk about a swing-and-a-miss! The normal IRS is one of my favorite beers, but this anise-laden monstrosity just begs the question, "WHY?". Far too much licorice and anise flavor intensity ruin the taste and the finish. Hey Stone: don’t be Dogfish Head. Wacko ingredient levels are risky business, so stick with the other incredible beer styles that you have already perfected. My sink is going to finish this beer. Sigh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
smelled of licorice, anise, chocolate, and gym socks. tasted like i was eating licorice in a locker room. not good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Tap at Barcade. Pours pitch black with minimal head. Aroma is dominated by anise (not surprising), with some roasty notes. Flavor is overly sweet and tastes like a giant black jelly bean. Slightly bitter and alcoholic in the finish. I wasn’t initially aware this beer was meant to be an "anise RIS", so I was quite taken aback. I really like black licorice, but this was too much. I found myself choking this down. Not a fan of this one.

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