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RATINGS: 3131   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2767) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2849) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Vintage 2014 bottle courtesy if Scotty. Black with tan head. Sweet roasted chocolate malts, molasses, vanilla. Over medium sweet, soft bitter. Full body, soft carbonation, very velvety smooth texture. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1691) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016 Bottle shared. Pitch black with a thin beige head. Notes of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cherries. Medium body, medium carbonstion and a roasty bitter-sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (429) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2016
BOTTLE. (2016 version 23/03/16). Cola black pour with solid tan head.. Dark malt, toasted coconut, chocolate & vanilla essence on the nose.. Silky texture, dark malt, dark berries & chocolate mixed together with a boozy finish once its warmed up a touch.. Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (3509) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
Holiday top-50 fun hunt #9, found this bottle at Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Pours black like oil, with a full fine khaki head. Araoma of dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, full, toasted and roasted, thick ,soft, licorice. Taste is quite thick and soft/smooth. laurel, licorice, anice, cofee, blackcurrant, slightly sour, oily texture, roasted and toasted malts, grain, liquirice, full dark chocoalte, long soft co2, full body, enjoyable, was expecting a bit more however...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (429) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2016
Pours pitch black, small head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, dark malt. Taste is similar, very smooth and drinkable. ABV well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (785) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 26, 2016
2015 Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly fading light brown bubbly to foamy head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, biscuit, dark fruits. Taste is of dark chocolate, coffee, loads of roasted and bitter notes, nuts and dark fruits on the finish. Dense, sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (787) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
Ganz große amerikanische Braukunst. Komplex und doch easy to drink. Alle klassischen Imperial Stout Einflüsse vorhanden, Schoko, Röst, Vanille treffen auf tolle Hopfenbittere. Nur die etwas besondere Note fehlt ein wenig. 0,3/6-7€ vom Hahn in der STONE BREWERY BERLIN.

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