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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."


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eructoblaster (2949) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle at Mondial de la Bière (Montréal, QC). Opaque black body with a thick, beige foamy head. Rich malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, roasty, and some oaky hints. Its complex, malty/hoppy taste carries licorice, cocoa, roasty, woody, and brown sugar notes. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Mousse cacao, assez durable, bière noire comme du pétrole, elle est épaisse et riche. En nez, chocolat noir, café espresso et grains grillés. Superbe saveur franche, arômes torréfiés à l’extrême, riche et crémeuse avec chaleur d’alcool et houblns tenaces. Une des références les plus fines pour ce style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JayTeeSupreme (27) - - JUN 11, 2014
This is the 2014 version it was alright, taste of aniseed and almost soy sauce maltiness. Devolves into a skunky aftertaste, its not bad but not a favourite. I dont like the soy sauce kind of taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (170) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2012 release poured from bomber bottle....tried a 2014 at the same time...2012 by far the better beer....way better with aging....the chocolate berries and malt flavors were fantastic...alcohol taste was minimal....great beer.....but after some time!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
closey22 (784) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Opaque black with thick lasting foamy light brown head; aroma is hint of roasty chocolate and maiden oil; Flava is soooo rich notes of chocolate alcohol licorice even notes of toffee; feels thick creamy foamy with decent fizzy zing; finishes dry malty sweet then bitter

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HuskerTan (451) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle. A- Meaty, smokey, chocolate. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Meaty, smokey, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty. P- Full body, thick texture, average carbonation, robust finish. O- I’ve tried and tried again to like Stone but yet another fail. This was like a weaker version of their Smoked Porter which I absolutely hated. HOWEVER. On a recommendation, I added a teaspoon of bourbon and a teaspoon of vanilla to this and mixed it in. Holy cow does that make a difference. Smoothes it out, takes away the meaty taste, and adds an awesome toasted marshmallow flavor. I didn’t include this addition into my numerical rating, but if I had, this beer would have gone from a 1.8 to more like a 3.5.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (404) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Stone’s famous Imperial Russian Stout takes complexity to a whole new level. This thick, black brew combines the sweet, warm bite of booze, rich chocolate, strong coffee, and (very) subtle dark fruit. My absolute favorite element is the savory umami taste within the brew’s smoked malt flavor. Redolent of soy sauce, this highly palatable characteristic demands to be paired with food. I couldn’t help but think of a grilled steak that had been marinated in soy sauce and red wine - topped with mushrooms just to bring out that extra umami connection. It’s settled. I’m definitely doing that next time around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (232) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Huh... must have rated this on that other beer site I was banned from. Anyway. Had it a couple years ago out the growler and it was disgusting. Had it on tap today. Aroma was roasty and metalic. Looked like a porter almost. Head had bigger tan bubbles that formed into a cake like thing. Tasted very much like a porter. Big metallic note. And roasty note. Not sweet. Not really boozy. Some acidity on the back of the palate. Palate was good. Smooth. A bit of acidity. Overall, I was blown away because out the growler this beer was a drain pour (literally). On tap, this beer was really solid. Not amazing, but really good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfp13jr (144) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Dark big and beautiful. Smooth silky with a well balanced chocolate and slight coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swesson (174) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Thick tan head, great lacing. Pitch black body. Smells of caramel and malted barley and a hint if coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste is good with the aromas described above coming through the palate. Another very good Stone brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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