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RATINGS: 2970   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (126) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2015
Solid beer but i have had other imperials that i have enjoyed more than this. Appearance is very appetizing and the heavy slick full body is satisfying. Asia is fairly average fire me, nothing special. The flavor is solid with some sweet roasted malts with a mildly bitter after taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
connor0415 (47) - - APR 2, 2015
2015 bottle served fresh Smells mostly of dark cocoa and esspresso, some roasted maltiness, vanilla, dark fruits, and a certain grape like characteristic. It’s fresh so it’s still got that bite to it, but there’s a sweetness that comes through and in addition to the coffee and chocolate there’s some currant or raisins present and a certain wine or grape juice like flavor that I can’t quite put my finger on Overall it’s a great representation of the style, definitely one of the best out there and only gets better with age. Have a handful of bottles cellared

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (105) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2015
22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Black pour, medium brown head with nice lacing. Upfront aroma of some spice and some dark fruit. Taste was rather sweet with just a hint of cocoa. It needs some bitterness. I thought this was a nice medium bodied beer, very creamy but a little bubbly. I sampled this with a friend who had an American Imperial Stout from the Great Divide. That being said, this was a terrific brew that I really enjoyed, but I think the American Double/Imperial takes the prize.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
One of my all-time favorite imp stouts, really hits the spot each and every time, how about doing a honey coffee bba aged version?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vjohans (189) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
Aroma: chocolate, coffe, vanilla Apparance: black, tanned minimal head,hazy to clear Taste:medium sweet, light to medium bitterness. Palate: full body, creamy to sticky, long finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (633) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
[2014] 22oz bottle. Black with a frothy brown head. Flavors are roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, alcohol and resinous hops with fruity and herbal notes. Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (747) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 20, 2015
650 ml bottle, 2014 release. Gift from my girlfriend, thank you so much! :-)
Pitch black body, with a small, creamy, coffee brown head.
Aroma of anis, coffee, dark chocolate, dark berries, dried fruits, booze.
Tastes of anis, dry coffee, cocoa powder, melting dark chocolate, dark fruits, some booze.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes alcohol warming, roasty-bitter, with strong anis again, dry coffee, bitter cocoa, wood.

Very good, although I was expecting a bit more. The harsh anis notes are too dominant for my liking, but that’s just a matter of taste. Otherwise very satisfying, with the typical, intense coffee and dark chocolate notes. Overall a big beer with a lot of character, but not among my favourite Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (887) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
660 ml bottle
Dark brown opaque beer with little brown head. Aroma has licorice, dark chocolate, liqueur and roasted malts. Flavor has licorice, coffee and roasted malts. Palate is full and soft. Finish has mild bitterness with alcohol. Aftertaste is roasted with dark chocolate. Too much booze, too straight-forward.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turboninja (168) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle@Maja/Talo, Tampere, Finland. 2014 patch. Strong aroma with licorice, raisin and sweet roasted malts. A hint of alcohol. Pitch black color with minimal beige head. Strong taste with bit roasted raisin, dark chocolate and licorice in perfect balance. Smoothly roasted bit sweet malts. Some alcohol nicely tickles gums. Ultra-wide taste spectrum. Long aftertaste with licorice and malts. Strong/medium body with medium/low carbonation. Overall a perfection with classy twist. Only lacks some body and bit stronger head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
10.7.2014. 2014 version. Full aroma of roasted malts, smoke, anise, coffee. Palate is very full bodied, lowish carbonation. Taste is roasted, malty, slight liguorice sweetness, coffee. Heavy deliciousness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

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