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RATINGS: 2919   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"There’s no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because I’m one of ’em and I can hardly wait for it to come out each year!" Some may think that a late Spring release for a special brew of this sort is an odd time for it to come out onto the market. Koch justifies this with the rationalization "What better than a warm time of year to come out with a brew that tastes great as it warms up!" That’s because "ice cold" is certainly not the appropriate way to serve the beer. Nearly without exception, the darker, richer and more alcoholic a brew is, the warmer the serving temperature should be. The Stone Imperial Stout label describes the brew as being "intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate...expect this mysterious brew to pour like used motor oil and taste even heavier! Serve at 55 degrees."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Intense nose, licorice, dark chocolate, roasty. Big & boozy, but not over the top; very well-made, tremendously balanced, some delicious fruity notes, good grip in the mouth, rich, just the right level of sweetness in a lingering finish. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2320) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bittercreek Alehouse Dark Days 2014 pouring this 2011 vintage. Not much can be added here, a truly superlative beer. Dark with a tinge of ruby, smooth and velvety, plenty of gentle warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1898) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Tap, Craft Beer Market, Calgary, AB, Canada. Jet black, thick dark beige head. Spruce resin and prune aroma. Great texture, some chocolate then a mint hop hit with a long dark chocolate and resin finish. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (153) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
Flaska från SB. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Kraftig tung doft av choklad, kaffe, bränt socker och portvin. Smak av choklad och kaffe med mjölk. Lite lätt i smaken jämfört med doften.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
e303 (119) - - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle to beer tulip. Dark black pour with decent, non lasting head. The aroma on this is dark. Dark roast, dark fruits, dark malt, dark chocolate, just dark everything. The taste is similar with an okay profile. Mostly roasty and dark. The finish is thick and oily. Not my favorite RIS but a good example. 2014 release. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidtjm (568) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
Tap. Pour is black, aroma is caramel, toffee, alcohol. Taste is roast malts toffee, alcohol, sweetness, finish is sweet toffee, full-bodied, carbonation is soft. Good stuff, you would never guess the 11%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2368) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Keg@brewdog, birmingham. Black beer with medium head. Aroma of coffee, dark malts and licorice. Taste is coffee, dark fruits, licorice and treacle. Medoum bodied and sticky. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
spujr (22) - - NOV 29, 2014
Not much on the nose for me but I’m drinking it a little cold. Appearance and taste too style and good but the overall palate a bit to tannic for my taste. Nice caramel over tones. I don’t taste the OH from this which is also good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
En fût. Noir sombre avec un petit col marron. L’arôme du malt torréfié avec plein du chocolat, un peu de cassis, du café et peut-être un peu d’anise. Le goût est du chocolat, malt torréfié et un peu du fruit noir. Ce n’est pas trop sucré ni amer dans la finale. Très onctueux et très facile à boire pour le style. L’alcool n’est pas vraiment détectable. Délicieuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (835) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Wine glass pour from 22oz bottle of dark motor oil. Rich and health nose of coffee and bitterness. Chocolate presence for sure with some caramel notes. Flavor is fairly bitter but definitely enjoyable. Coffee and dark chocolate and somewhat decadent... Like a dark chocolate brownie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1499) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
Aroma: intense milk chocolate, caramel, toasted malts. Appearance: black, small, beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweet chocolate and caramel continues, soft carbonation, heavy body. Overall: incredibly nice Imperial Stout, amazingly smooth, fantastic aroma and palate. Bottle from The Best Dame Beer Shop, San Diego.

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