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RATINGS: 2790   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (505) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2014
2012 bottle, properly cellared. A: Perfect black w/ a fluffy 1" mocha head. Good lacing and head retention. N: Enormous licorice, star anise, cocoa, coffee, prune, vanilla, smoke, and malt. T: Big, big sweetness, bitterness lends enough balance to get by, but this is a licorice treat. M: Oily, heavy, Alcohol is well hidden. O: The Stone yeast strain works pretty well, and Iím grateful for the complexity.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (172) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Shared by awesome Ratebeer user JHeath99. Aroma of dark chocolate and hops. Appearance dark black with tan head. Taste of dark chocolate with roasted coffee. Heavy bodies and smooth palate with just a hint of coffee aftertaste. Fantastic beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (101) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle, 2014. A beautiful opaque black beer with a pecan colored head that thins quickly. It smells like chocolate, coffee, plum, vanilla, bread, roast malt. Taste of roast malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, booze, yes anise and vanilla, with a bitter grapefruit rindy finish. As it warms there is shoyu, licorice/anise, plum, and the bitter rind fades a bit to more of a grapefruit and coffee, and it gets boozer The palate is smooth and rich, carbonation fine and subdued. This tastes a bit harsh here. I think it needs more age on it. That sharp hops finish could use some mellowing, as could the hot alcohol. I really wanted to like this more and rate it higher, though it still deserves a lofty rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROBC3366 (369) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2014
The 2014 version improves the longer it’s in the glass. Beautiful dark color and dark tan head. Tastes of anise, Italian roast coffee, and a little licorice. Deep malts make it smoother than you would expect. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (43) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2014
Aroma is of dark chocolate some alcohol and hops. Appearance is dark brown almost black allowing virtually no light to pass through. Taste is dark chocolate with roasted coffee notes. This 2014 version is not nearly as hoppy as I recall previous years. Palate is somewhat thick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall worth itís 100 rating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (179) - USA - APR 1, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a snifter a syrupy dark black brown with a tan head that left fairly soon. Aroma of chocolate coffee sweet with some hops. Flavor is coffee first with dark fruited chocolate, touch of licorice & nice roasty alcohol. Nice balance & feel to the mouth. Finish is more complete as it warmed. This is an annual fave of mine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1191) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2014 release. Trader joes Charlottesville . Pours black lg brown head. Good lacing. Sweet chocolates in the nose with hints of coffee. Tastes of chocolates with a hint of burnt wood. Expected more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
forthebirds (15) - - MAR 30, 2014
Brown black pour with thick head tan head. Chocolate, roasty malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel with deep flavors of chocolate, coffee, whiskey. Lingering and delightful.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
c_lee_burton (21) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
The 2014 version improves the longer itís in the glass. Beautiful dark color and dark tan head. Tastes of anise, Italian roast coffee, and a little licorice. Deep malts make it smoother than you would expect. Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (656) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
At Stephens House with Stephen, and Aaron. Aroma is roasted toasetd malt. Chccolate smooth roasted toasted malt, smooth burn marshmellow that is beautiful.


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