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RATINGS: 3059   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (868) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2015
Black color, light brown head. Roasted malt nose, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Sweet taste, licorice, coffee, rich malty. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (126) - gasvetksgatan 3, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
650 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black beer with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium bodied. Medium bitterness. And low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shippy (43) - - DEC 19, 2015
2015 vintage poured from a bottle. Black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate and dark fruits. Roasty flavor follows with more chocolate and dark fruits, raisins, dates. Feel, along with the flavors, is very rich and smooth. Full bodied. Overall, a tasty and rich imperial stout with a nice touch of heat. Very well crafted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JBomb (12) - Little Canada, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from 2014 pours dark black with a small tan head.aromas of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate.Tastes of dark chocolate,anise,coffee and some vanilla.nice and balanced stout .finishes sweet,but just the right amount of bitterness to complete its roasty lingering flavor.an incredable beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Spring 2009 bottle in Dec. ’15 on a snow day from cpetrone-thanks, Chris! (great cellaring BTW!) Oily and viscous dark black as you’d expect. Nose is some hot booze, dark roast malts and dark coffee, sweet vanilla, dark stewed prune. Taste follows, with rich mocha elements. Creamy mouthfeel. Does burn some. This has held up incredibly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cullent56 (4) - - DEC 7, 2015 does not count
Good stuff. Not my favorite imperial stout, especially considering the price tag. Still, a strong finish of mocha and alcohol

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hikeg (190) - - DEC 6, 2015
Small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing head, fair lacing. Normal, dark brown body. Heavy malty aroma, with notes of roasted, nutty and dark chocolate. Moderate hoppy aroma, with notes of spruce, resin and lime. Moderate yeasty aroma, with notes of leather and earth. Notes of soy sauce, toffee, vanilla and licorice. Heavy sweet, moderate bitter, light acidic and salty initial flavor. Long, moderate sweet, heavy bitter, light acidic and salty finish. Full body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Light alcoholic, light astringent finish. Very solid Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (945) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Pours opaque black with a little brown head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee and vanillla. Taste is vanilla, oak, leather, bitter coffee, modest sweet molasses. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1543) - Bodø, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2015
Three year old bottle. Pours a deep brown to black color with a small light beige head. Compact aroma of loads of chocolate truffles, milk chocolate, dark wood and leather. The flavor has more chocolate, coffee beans, leather, dark chocolate, harpix, some alcohol and pine in a long aftertaste. Full-bodied with a silky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A solid, well-balanced IS with a lot of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (1194) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2015
650ml bottle from Systembolaget, 2015 Classic Release, abv 10.6%. Black with a creamy beige two-finger sized head, rich and thick lacing. Roasted, woody notes in the aroma, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, mildly carbonated. Deep and rich taste roasted coffee beans, chocolate, fudge, sticky figs, fresh vanilla bean. Warming alcohol in the finish.

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