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RATINGS: 2856   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."


1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HuskerTan (463) - 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- Iíve 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 didnít 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 (416) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Stoneís 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 brewís smoked malt flavor. Redolent of soy sauce, this highly palatable characteristic demands to be paired with food. I couldnít 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. Itís settled. Iím definitely doing that next time around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (238) - 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 (148) - 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 (186) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (703) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt, soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, soy sauce, licorice, toffee and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasty mouthfeel and a roasted malt, soy sauce and alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
Has to be one of my favourite Stone brews. Was lucky enough to sample from tap down here in the antipodes - and it was everything itís reputation promised. Was sublime at the temperature served (cold) and only got better as it warmed up. Only downside is it is too strong to enjoy in the quantities one would want!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hfmejias (683) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2014
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black with a medium, foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee and hints of alcohol. Taste malty, sweet, bitter notes and a bit of booze. Delicious flavor, very good beer, super enjoyable.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badpuppy69 (208) - orange, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a very dark Brown with big head and great retention. Aroma is dark fruits roasted malts chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste follows the Aroma perfectand some nice hops present in the Taste. Very smooth!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (325) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle, 2008 vintage in 2014, thanks to northropfrye. Beautiful aromas of dried fruits, liquorice, candied fruits, bubblegum. Flavour of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice, a bit of funkiness. Very very tasty.


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