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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
A battering ram of black licorice flavor catapults this stout into complexity heaven. If were to draw up the math of this beer, on a chalkboard of sorts, we would see hints of coconut milk, loads of charred oak, and a cupboard full of bagged baking chocolate. This also tastes strongly of ouzo. Huzzah!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
I have always been a big fan of the basic IRS. The belgo version underwhelmed a bit but this belgo anise is delightful. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge foamy dark brown head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was strong wood, anise, cocoa, vanilla, rum and licorice. The flavor was strong anise with moderate notes of oak, toasty malts, sweet chocolate syrup, rum, cream and marshmallow. The finish was very long sweet cocoa, vanilla and anise. Thick, full and amazingly creamy body. Wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Sampled at Ekstedts Testing 11-12-02. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells and tastes licorice, roasted malt and soy with a similar finish. Very well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2012
2011 "Odd Year Release". This is the first beer I decided to "age" and its been sitting in my beer fridge for right at a year now, so I felt it was a good choice for my 100th review. Pours a coffee black with a tiny brown head. Aromas of licorice, chocolate, coffee grounds, and some dark fruit. Tastes incredible, and seems to have mellowed out a bit over the past year compared to the regular Stone IRS I had bought at the same time. Oak comes through a tiny bit and it has a big time alcohol warmth. Very sticky on the tongue as well. This beer has some serious attitude. Im going to assume that the lower ratings this beer has been getting are due to it being too young. Overall this is a solid imperial stout, only beef with it is the Belgian yeast doesnt really shine. SLAINTE!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1808) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 16, 2012
2011 bottle. Very dark brown, almost black body with a medium tan head. Aroma has licorice and sweet black coffee. Thick and oily mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste has a mix of licorice, coffee and some dark chocolate. Finish is mildly woody and yeasty with a subtle bitterness. I dont find the anise to be distracting - perhaps the aging has rounded it by now.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roger60 (215) - - JAN 2, 2015
SB Vxj, flaska 2011 tror jag. Ligger i frysen fr att skakas om lite :-). Framme nu. Troligen dd men vi fr se...Har en bunt Carnegie som ligger till sig... Fantastiskt skum mrkt och hotande. Choklad russin svagt av koriander. Bygger nog bakfylla fint. Citrus och anis (suprise). Fyller munnen med smak och nosen med arom. Skulle sparat ett r till.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 bottle - Pours black with a lingering tan head. The aroma has obvious anise present along with chocolate and roast malt. It tastes of sweet chocolate malt and anise. The sweetness is balanced by the dark roast flavors and finishing hops bitterness. This full bodied brew is an excellent quaff. Personally I didnt think the anise was over done at all. Superb! Subsequent tasting: Bigger anise notes, a little much... its not quite as superb as before but still an excellent brew. Ill knock a tenth off the score.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5957) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2011
A rich and extremely sweet aroma with a hint of chocolate. Looks nice, but the head goes fast. The body is good, but a bit too much on the sweet side. Actually not as thick as I expected or remembered from the regular Stone stout. Disappointingly Im not really getting much black licorice as Id hoped. Okay, so I said things to soon. When I was trying to taste the anise, I didnt see it, but after I just started drinking the beer, the licorice was completely obvious. Pretty good.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1538) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Opaque black with a dense brown head. Soft but clingy full body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: rich black malt, dark chocolate, and orangey anise.

Taste: black malt, dark chocolate, warm alcohol, bright anise, and an unexpected hard-to-describe belgian dubbel quality obviously due to the yeast.


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