Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Belgo Anise

 
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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ale brewed with anise, oak chips and belgian yeast.

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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks beerandbeyond. Black with a bit of light brown foam. Slightly weird aroma with yeast, chocolate wet/damp wood and a bit of anise. Sweet roasty flavor with chocolate, a bit of licorice, alcohol , some yeast and wood notes. Medium to full-bodied. Pretty weird but still not so bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13678) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bomber. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that leaves thin ring around the glass. The aroma is black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, and oak. Thin mouthfeel with a creamy malt and light roast flavor with oak and licorice in the finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well. A very good Imperial stout from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a nice sweet soy sauce, with chocolate, a bit of licorice. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with aniseed, balanced and smooth. On tap at Belgian Beer Fest, Sept 10, 2011.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 It was hard for me to purchase this, as I think the regular Stone IRS is overrated, and Ive heard it described as an anise bomb, which doesnt sound appealing, but alas, it never showed up at a tasting as I had hoped, so here it is now. Bomber from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of hugh anise notes with a bit of roastiness. The taste is big anise notes, licorice, other spicy notes, chocolate, roasted malts and a hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. As Ive heard, this is an anise bomb, and while this fits the bill, that means I dont find it pleasant. I think Ill be able to finish it, but Im not 100% sure. It does get a tad bit better as the anise fades a bit near room temperature.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coconut, Belgian yeast, raisins, and some chocolate. Flavor of yeast, light char, chocolate, roasted grain, some citrus, and raisins. Nice warming sensation as it goes down.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, fizzy and frothy dark brown head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is perfume anise (licorice), faint vanilla, oak notes, roasted malt, and light coffee, burnt notes. As the beer warms, alcohol and floral hops become evident. Flavor is moderately sweet licorice with phenolic notes, medium-hot alcohol, and roasted, charcoal malt. Dark fruits (prune, fig, raisin) peak through leaving a tart, sweet, dark malt coating on the tongue. Full body, high warmth, average carbonation, and a dry finish. The alcohol really dries out the residual sweetness that would otherwise leave this beer cloyingly sweet. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages; it will likely become oxidized long before the beer really gets a chance to develop. This beer leaves me wanting some fruit cake or other Christmas-like desert.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12596) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Sample at the Jackie Os Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. Inky black pour with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Anise bread aroma with notes of yeast and malt. Full body with flavors of black jelly bean, spicy yeast, malt and herbs. The finish leaves a black licorice aftertaste. Probably a beer you will only appreciate if you are a fan of that particular flavor, and I am. Good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (12485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours black with a thick brown head, looking like the original version but unfortunately it goes a little wrong after this. Aroma is dominated by anise and licorice, overpowering the normal aspects from the fantastic base beer. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Really not to my taste and not a patch on the regular Stone RIS.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22oz bottle-thanks Fitz-pours black with a rich brown head. Aroma is rich dark malt-roasty, resin/spice. Taste is rich dark malt-anise/roasty/chocolate, resin/spice hops with some bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, fruity, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits. Tastes of the same fruitiness, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, and roast. Alcohol content overall well hidden.


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