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RATINGS: 3024   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (365) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Pitch black body. No transparency at all. Not too viscous looking as it pours, but it stains the glass as I swirl it. Nice tan head, but it doesn’t leave a tremendous amount of lace. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Great roasted malt character. Maybe a bit of hops coming through at the end. Again, a strong chocolate and coffee flavor. An interesting sweetness persists through the drink, but gives way to a nice hop back. Not overly hopped, like Old Rasputin, but just a nice bitter finish. Very nice. Not quite as viscous as I thought it would be. Could be chewier. A hint of alcohol burn. Outstanding with bonus points for being available.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (568) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Draft - Pours dark black. Nose is rich chocolate, roasty, dark fruit. Taste is dark, bitter chocolate, roastiness, and some booze. Flavor is rich but balanced. Really outstanding!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2184) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
Pours a completely viscous and opaque black with a thin tan head. The aroma is intense with a booze sharpness. Anise, licorice, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate on the aroma. A bit sweet up front with syrupy malts, black currants and anise come through alot. A bit more bland on the first sip that I expected. Still big, brash and unrelenting. The finish is robust, heavy with roasty bitterness and alcohol warmth. A pretty great Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (276) - - JUN 20, 2015
750ml bottle. Appearance: Completely black, opaque, with a thin brown head. Aroma: Roasted coffee, anise, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste: Rich chocolate malt sweetness, molasses, dark fruit, and roasted coffee. Bitterness is strong on the swallow, balancing the malt. Mouthfeel: Medium high body with a slick, velvety viscosity. Carbonation is minimal. Alcohol warmth is high but not sharp or solventy. Finish: Roasted chocolate and alcohol linger long past the swallow. Overall: Fine imperial stout. Rich chocolate and roast backbone, with layers of complexity. This is a freshly bottled version. Could stand to use a little age to mellow the lingering alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (176) - - JUN 18, 2015
Aroma of pipe tobacco, leather, rum soaked raisin, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is the same with some toasted coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (632) - - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle to goblet. Aroma: chocolate, toasted barley, some coffee. Dark black, small head; lacing. Taste: sweet and sour dark fruits win out over savory. Plum, fig, black cherry. Alcohol is present. A touch flat, but to be expected for this type of beer. Yummy....the chai spiced version is in my fridge and may get opened later tonight to compare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1167) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Aroma is rich dark aromas, chocolate, mocha and slight liquor. Taste is rich dark malts, rich caramel , chocolate and fig. Deep and chewy mouthfeel with very pale light bitterness that is very well balanced. Slight liquor burn but quote pale for the abv. Appearance is black with a thin brown head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dagimp (847) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bomber split with a buddy. Pours jet black. Oily and murky with no head. Bitter tar aroma. Mouthfeel is like motor oil too... I’m getting a theme. Taste is bitter with chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee grinds and some smokeyness. I wasn’t a fan. Too much licorice and bittnerness to be enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (477) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2015
Tar black with small creamy mocha head. Earthy aromas, with molasses, leather, licorice. Sweet tastes of treacle, licorice, vanilla, sherry, before the roastiness begins a battle with the sweetness and takes over with coffee and ash roastiness and bitterness. Not quite as full bodied as expected - only medium to full bodied, but also very oily and sticky. Pretty good but I think it needs some age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (677) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Tap at cottonwood. Inky black pour with nice khaki head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate malts, faint fruitiness. Taste is coffee, espresso, light fruit. Faint vanilla. Great flavors as this warms. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Versace carbonation. Great iRS that is readily availabrle, but definitely topped by other readily available IRS (yeti line).

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