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RATINGS: 2923   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."


3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
spujr (23) - - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (808) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (850) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1558) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
A great stout. I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a very dark brown almost black like oil, with khaki colored head. Coffee, roast, raw cocoa, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1478) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Keg in Brewdog Glasgow. Pours black with a thin tan head. Rich with a quite meaty flavour. Coffee, chocolate and mild spice. Something didn’t seem quite right here. I was expecting to be blown away as I have been by most Stone brews, but this wasn’t up to the usual standard. Will have to try again at some point.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1594) - Ghent, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Thanks! Dark brown/black colour. Brown foam. Full body. Complex aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate mousse and dark chocolate. Light sweet with bitter finish. Very good stout!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (559) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
A fairly good Russian. Just a little too bitter for me. Olfactif: Mures et petits fruits des champs avec du chocolat noir et du café. Élaboré, mais avec un manque de puissance. On y trouve aussi des noisettes et de la vanille. Visuel: Noire, mousse brune, mince, mais assez dense. Elle fuit cependant très rapidement. Belles traces sur le verre. Gustatif: En attaque, on ressent beaucoup le café en entrée de bouche, Puis, la puissance de l’alcool, mêlé à un houblonnage résineux, nous donne une longue finale d’amertume. Les notes gustatives sont de café et de noisettes et on ressent peu les petits fruits présents en olfactif. L’amertume résineuse est assez tranchante. Peut-être un peu trop. Beaucoup de rondeur et de corps en bouche. L’alcool est bien réparti dans l’amertume et pas trop agressif. Une excellente Russian, mais un peu trop amère à mon goût. Je préfère la St-Ambroise.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichCityBrewer (6) - richmond, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2014 does not count
Pours black with small head. Strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Smooth after taste.


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