Stone BELGO Anise Imperial Russian Stout

Stone BELGO Anise Imperial Russian Stout

2011 Odd Year Release

Imperial Stout
10.5%
55

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and well, sinful, you might feel certain that you are to be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about taking a sip. It almost seems evil. Rest assured, however, that our ever faithful gargoyle has done his job well by successfully warding off all evil spirits. In fact, we guarantee that no sin was committed in the production of this seemingly pernicious brew. We will admit that we used copious doses of decadence in creating the viscous beauty you have before you, but no actual sin... You’ll have to add that on your own.

This particular edition is brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, and then, shall we say... embellished. Specifically, by using a Belgian yeast strain, adding liberal amounts of star anise, and oaking it (which arguably could be considered ‘historical’ as they used wooden barrels back then rather than today’s stainless steel).

While our original version is “intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate,” this Odd Year version doesn’t just have ‘notes’ of anise... it screams it. Big, loud and proud. Like the Russian Czarists. Presumably. Truth is, we can’t say for certain, but one sip and it’s easy to imagine it must be true.

May 31, 2011
22oz Bottles & Draft
Warrior

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
BBQ Buffalo wings, Stilton-stuffed crimini mushrooms, lamb lollipops, bacon toast
Soups
Beef and barley, French onion, butternut squash, potato chowder
Entrées
Espresso-rubbed filet mignon, elk loin, mushroom ragout, Thai coconut curry
Cheeses
Aged Gouda, Caveman Blue, Point Reyes Original Blue, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano
Desserts
Vanilla ice cream, tiramisu, chocolate Bavarian cream cake, dark chocolate
Cigars
La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, Java Robusto, Camacho Triple Maduro, Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso XXX