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RATINGS: 2911   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (327) - rome, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and malts. Taste is milk chocolate and roasted malts. Very smooth balanced stout abv is hidden. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcclainc50 (193) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours an inky brown/black with a tan head leaving a little lacing, little thin for an imperial stout. Roasted malt and chocolate nose with a scent of coffee. Chocolate and coffee flavor in the front, with nice malty backbone and a bit if current and even a little bit of hops. Excellent beer, drink it, enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wihlan (311) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Flaska från systemet - Doftar lite champagne. Kolsvart med en lätt beige skumkrona som dessvärre försvinner fort. Tydliga brända toner men man kan även känna lakrits och lite kaffe. Den har faktiskt en tydlig beska som jag misstänker kommer från den mörka malten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (448) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
@ Havregatan 19/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Cacao, licorice, roasted notes. Taste: Roasted malt, licorice, bitter, sweet. Body is full, the finish is roasted and chocolatey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (990) - , Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
2013 bomber to glass. nice aroma of roast, coffee, and chocolate. dark pour, nice dark brown head. taste has several layers of roast in it; light coffee and bittersweet chocolate; some alcohol and hops. all the parts are there - good, but not great stout for me...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gam (3316) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2014
Medium tan head dark pour mild carbonation aromas spice dried fruit honey note rich roasted malt dark chocolate the flavours dried fruits star of anise raisin rich currant medium strong bitter roast coffee dark chocolate caramel saltiness no harm just makes you come back for more the taste so enticingly lovely plums boozy note the finish RIS at its best rich malts spic boozy a sweetness has a taste of its own so well made a work of art in beers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollerton (80) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle from SB. Pours almost no head, maybe one finger. Nose is delicios, with coffe and chocolate all over. Taste is also exceptional, thick and with creamy taste. A really good stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (801) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2014
22 oz bottle pours a dark black color with an off white head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, licorice. Full bodied, great finish a great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laakus (25) - Nossebro, - SEP 27, 2014
Black color with minimal foam. Nose is plums and roasty malt. Taste is sweet plums, roasted malt, liquorice with a bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1883) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle pour@5e Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse - SO. Mission statement of a motor oil and black coffee pour with tan head. Bourbon vanilla, dry wood and soaked raisin aroma with some coffee grounds. Taste changes course into full-fledged liquorice and dry chocolate, retronasal hoppiness. Quite lively mouthfeel, cottony tannins, late tar.

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