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RATINGS: 2946   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1024) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2015
22oz bottle 2014 vintage pours black brown with finger of tan head. Nose is nutty roast, dark ashy fruit, tar, licorice. Taste is big with vanilla, almond, roast, charred coffee, lots of dark fruit. Finishes with ashy light sweetness, coffee, dark cocoa, dark fruit. Thinner than expected. Good not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2842) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2008 bottle at Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes like booze, woody, dried fruits, light smoke, light ash, syrup. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like syrup, booze, wood, dark fruits, light smoke, and light ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (702) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is a solid roasted malts, light cocoa, anise. Flavor is a burnt roasted malts, bitter coffee, burnt cocoa. Medium body with a long lingering burnt bitterness. A solid IRS, but Fyodor’s Classic still blows it out of the water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2015
draft that poured almost midnight black with mocha colored head that lingered and turned into lacing on the glass. the aroma was sweet chocolate and some coffee and lots of deep roasted malts. the flavor was a tad bit sweet but didnt detract from the overall flavor. lots of sweet chocolate and coffee and dark roasted malts. this is an exceptional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigda83 (326) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Gotta go against the majority here. I’m not sure if it’s the letdown of nearly all the beers at my tasting, or if I really just was not feeling this. Poured a very dark black with a small light brown head. Aroma was licorice, coffee, and booze. Taste was very boozey and lots of alcohol burn (barrel narwhal was much less that this with a higher ABV). Also notes of black licorice, espresso beans, and some semi-sweet chocolate. Drank at room temp. I’d like to snag one from this year’s release and drink chilled and allow to warm up to see if I notice any differences. Ok beer, just a letdown compared to reviews and the hype for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriffDaddy (85) - - JAN 18, 2015
Yessss. Should every beer be this good. Thick, dark pour with a nice dark brown head. Nose of sweet molasses, toasty bread, chocolate and coffee. Thick on the palate, quite sweet with present alcohol but nicely balanced. Coffee, chocolate, yeasty toasty goodness. A nice bitter to balance it out, high alcohol is nicely blended. Great stuff I will drink again and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (583) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Black color, minimal brown head Aroma: caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, orange, spice.. Palate: Full body, smooth carbonation, surprisingly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (322) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Aroma is thick of malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. The taste is heavy from the same ingredients as in the aroma, but it also carries a surprising freshness from some kind of red berry. Awesome stuff this one, and something you always should have in your cellar when it’s time for something to get your shit straight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Obfuscate (199) - Minneapolis, - JAN 1, 2015
2014 bottle, Breakfast New Year’s Day. Almost too smooth for 11%. I was expecting something in my face but glad it’s so smooth and balanced. Get all the smells and flavors other reviewers and the bottle describes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nicke80 (227) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
65 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with big brown head. Roasted coffee and cocoa aroma with loads of coffee and cocoa and vanilla taste. Bitter sweet aftertaste with loads of coffee and cocoa.

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