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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."

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1510) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1447) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1571) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (551) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMA (209) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Pitch black. Thick, long lasting beige head. Malty with coffee aroma. Bread. Malty, a little sweet taste. Full, creamy smooth body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
David_87 (42) - - OCT 31, 2014
Pours as black as they come. Aroma is hoppy for the style, in a very good way though, love it. Huge flavor, coffee, chocolate, hops, simply everything! The alcohol is masked in a dangerous way. My one gripe with this one is that it wasn´t available in a smaller bottle. 2014 release, bomber from SB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (2967) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2014
660ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Malty, chocolate, roast, spicy minty aroma. Malty, orange, citrus, chocolate in taste. Alcohol is very well covered. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
660ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Pleasant roast aroma. Pleasant roasty taste too. Full and smooth palate. Very nice balanced roast. Remarkably light for its strength. Later it gets a little heavier.

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