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RATINGS: 3129   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2016
One of the great classics in the American craft beer revolution, finally got my hands on a bomber, from the 2016 edition at 10.8% ABV (so not the 10.5% mentioned here and with slightly different label). Thick and very regular, lightly lacing, deep tan coloured, creamy head resting on top of an ink black beer only revealing its burgundy hue on the edges and under bright light. Strong and classic ’impy’ aroma of espresso beans, bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, undisturbing ’haemoglobin’ iron as in many Stone beers, burnt cane sugar, black tea, leather, unsmoked pipe tobacco, parsley, ’Haagse hopjes’, moldy walnuts, toasted brown bread, gin, nutmeg, toffee, cocoa nibs even though they aren’t physically there, dried plums, black peppercorns and some faint varnish-like solvents, but only in the very end and embedded into the whole so not bothering me at all. Lovely start: some restrained candied, raisin-like sweetness opens with a thin umami coating and a sourish undercurrent of roasted barley, burnt sugar-like sensations, immediately coating the mouth cavity and with the perfect softish amount of carbonation, prickling just a little bit here and there. Dried fruits and caramelized sugar are effortlessly carried onwards by a wave of smooth, thick, creamy maltiness, deeply and pleasantly nutty at first with toffeeish edges, deeply toasted and gaining more and more fondant- and black coffee-like roasted bitterness towards the end, where it gets the company of peppery hops adding a layer of spicy, long-lasting bitterness to the powerful roasted flavour, followed by a glow of warming, gin- and somewhat whisky-like alcohol. Caramelly malt sweetness lingers along with the roasted bitterness and the hops. Clean, to the point, rich and potent: this is an exemplary imperial stout. More experimental elaborations of the style may have surpassed it meanwhile, this is still very classic, almost ’English’, in its general make-up, but beers like this are apparently indestructible and still act as milestones and style references in an ever shifting craft beer culture. I guess this could be one of many perfect introductions to the imperial stout style, it has the right body, stature, perfect technical execution, balance of style characteristics and historical background for that. I love a good imperial stout like so many other beer geeks do, and this feels like revisiting my first experiences with the style. Lovely, righteously a classic indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrabren (934) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2016
On tap at Who Cares for Beer 2016 Beer Festival, Bevog Brewery, Bad Radkersburg, Austria. Shared with His Highness Kaiser und König Igor and Rasta Teacher Mark. Pitch black, tiny tan head. Dry fruits, fruit jam, alcohol. Sweet and strong, alcohol present. Oily texture, thick body. Lots of alcohol here, a killer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (17675) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 6, 2016
Trockener kaffeeartiger Antrunk. Noten von Espresso, sehr trocken bleibend. Minimal alkoholisch, voluminös. Kurzer Nachhall. 10/11/9/11/13/11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (827) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Black with a thick tan head. Sweet light coco aroma. Very smooth a bit of coco. Full bodied and big coco flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (1028) - - AUG 26, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2016 Vintage 2016, bottled on 23. march: on bottle 10,8% abv. Pours back oily color, with foamy brown head. which immediately transforms to a ring around the glass. Aroma: rich dark and roasted malts, with notes of espresso coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, port wine bourbon, vanilla nibs, anise...Flavor is practically the same: intense dark, roasted malts, which takes on dark chocolate, espresso coffee, licorice, cocoa and vanilla nibs, port wine, hint of bourbon, supported with moderate high hop bitterness, which takes on citruses and pine, noiticeable in finish. Finish is slightly bitter (of roasted malt), dry. Body is full, texture is silky soft, carbonation is low. When it warms up it’s for fa**** sake sure world class imp. Re-rate: vintage 2015: killer! 9-5-9-5-17: 4.5 Overall: 4.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1056) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Tap at Republic in a snifter glass on the patio with commonshawn. Dark black in color with tan head that strives to lace itself against the glass. Aroma is peat and chocolate with some welcomed smoke/roasted malt notes. Little toffee/caramel as well. Taste is big and bold with a large peat component and a significant chocolate dessert feel. Mouthfeel is creamy like chocolate milk. Alcohol bite definitely present. Nice dark chocolate and espresso finish. This is a beer for sipping. Really impressive overall. This is the 2012 version on tap so guessing it’s bringing more peat and bourbon like alcohol elements to the table. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (814) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Musta olut ruskealla, keskikokoisella vaahdolla joka jättää aavistuksen pitsiä. Tuoksu makean maltainen, paahteisen kahvinen ja suklainen. Maku makean siirappisen maltainen, paahteisen kahvinen ja humalan kivasti kuivattama/katkeroittama. Täyteläinen ja matalahiilihappoinen suutuntuma, kiva katkerahko ja mausteinen pitkä jälkimaku. Alkoholi ei maistu lainkaan, paitsi hieman jälkimaussa. Jotain kuitenkin tuntuisi uupuvan, eikä tämä ihan täydellinen tapaus ole. Korkeaakin korkeammat odotukset täyttyivät vain osittain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (1007) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2016
Drank with Marijn, Bram and Lennart in the Stone brewery bar (awesome place!) in Berlin. Very thick, sweet beer. Like a RIS should be. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2757) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 7, 2016
Bomber from brewdog online store. Appeareance is opaque and dark. Head is thin and brown. Medium body. Very smooth finish. Aroma is liquorice, coffee, chocolate, cacao, nuts, hops. Amazing fresh beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeebon (404) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle at home last night. This is a beer I had been waiting to try for a long time and my local beer shop finally had some in. Pours thick black with small tan head, rich aroma of dark chocolate, rich coffee, berries and roasted malt. Taste medium to strong sweet but not cloying, balanced with a bitterness which is pleasing. Oily thick tar like texture on the pallette. This is an exceptional beer of its style and I only wish I had another bottle!

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