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RATINGS: 2851   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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (1502) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. The appearance had a nice dark brown close to a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was there as it speckled the glass adequately. The smell had a super nice blend of roasted chocolate tones to a slight coffee beans with light vanilla and anise. The taste was very nice as it allowed a super nice sweet and roastiness to invade the tastebuds in a slight boozy pummeling of sorts. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of sipping aspect assigned to this brew. The carbonation finishes roasty and smooth. Overall, this was a great RIS well worth your time and money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (2413) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
Keg at the brewdog agm 2014. Dark caramel, mahogany brown with a lasting dark tan head. Rather viscous and oily. Beautiful. Aroma is wood, hickory smoked bacon and coffee beans. Palate is luscious full bodied velvety on the tongue. Flavour is smoky oak, roast choc, caramel, slightly salted caramel. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roser (17) - Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Appearance- pours with some viscosity. Dark tan, foamy (milkshake like) head. Minimal lacing. Very dark, like black coffee. Smell- clean, spicy, malt, gingerbread. Taste- chocolate, coffee, toasted malty sweetness. Mouthfeel- super silky smooth and creamy (like chocolate milk). Big and full. Outstanding balance. Bitter in the middle with a pleasant, warm finish. Overall- excellent! Another superb offering from Stone. Definitely worth purchasing. Highly recommend. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (3051) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of fudge, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Full body, flavour as the aroma, lightly roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AKORN (126) - Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark fruits, currants and roasty aroma. Dark black with a good tan head. Roasted malt, dark fruit and a good bitter taste. Very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tstamba (290) - Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bomber to a pint glass. Pours out like motor oil, thick and black. One finger tan head with good retention. Roasted malt, coffee, toffee notes. Full mouth feel, rich, creamy, complex... A top tier stout... Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1198) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JesseJames81 (4) - - JUN 16, 2014 does not count
Pours a dark blac color with briwnish-tan overtones. Thick headcwith good retention. Has a sweet’ malty and mollasses aroma. A Rich full flavor with chocolate, coffee, malty mollasses overtnes. Powerful stuff. An enjoyable drink but not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (448) - - JUN 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-15-12 - Poured from bottle into snifter Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a two finger brown head. The head has great persistence and eventually fades to give some decent lacing. Smell – A heavy sweet chocolate aroma and malty brown bread mixed with good hints of vanilla, coffee and caramel are mixed within. There is a very light boozy aroma that rounds out the sweeter and maltier aromas well, creating an overall great smell experience. Taste – The taste begins with a huge sweeter cocoa/ semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a nice strong dark breadiness. The sweetness given to the cocoa is of vanilla and the light caramel that was in the nose. As the taste moves on, the dark breadiness remains as a base for the beer along with the cocoa flavor. While the cocoa is ever present, its sweetness profile changes throughout. It begins sweet and then bitters more in the middle as some roasty flavors enter the taste. As the cocoa bitters in the middle, it is joined with a coffee flavor accentuating/enhancing the bitterness. This bitter however is soon again lessened as sweetness comes back to the tongue. At the very end, the alcohol that was detected in the nose comes to fruition and takes the taste to the end. While the taste in the mouth finishes leaves sweeter, the aftertaste turns more bitter. Overall it’s fantastic. Mouthfeel –Thick, chewy and creamy. The body is absolutely awesome. The carbonation level however is a bit too high and pulls away from the wonderful creaminess and prevents the tastes from soaking into the tongue. While the carbonation isn’t superb, overall the amazing body makes for a great mouthfeel. Overall – A very tasty and slow drinking stout. It has a wonderful flavor profile, aroma, appearance and a fantastic body. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (231) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2014 bomber poured into a snifter..jet black with thin tan head..aroma of coffee,dark fruits,chocolate..thick taste with medium carbonation..alcohol lingers later on the palate..very good.

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