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RATINGS: 3015   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (656) - 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).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GSH1976 (227) - Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Growler of the 2015 vintage. Pours pitch black with very little tan colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Basically what you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout. Flavor is strong on the roastiness (which is expected from the nose) and sweet but then transitions to a bitterness similar to dark chocolate that lingers a little in the finish. This is a full bodied beer and a solid representation of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TylerGreenDC (583) - - JUN 11, 2015
22 oz bottle. Aroma of coffee grounds. Flavors of coffee (plus a slightly granular mouth feel), chocolate and vanilla. Pretty straightforward.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosskyle (187) - - JUN 11, 2015
Out of a bottle purchase from Lunds. Dark black color with a dense brown head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Thick creamy texture. Sweet roasted chocolate flavor with a slight bitter finish. Very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Black Poe with tan head out the f 22 oz bomber. Coffee and slight burnt caramel in aroma. Flavor of vanilla coffe and black licorice beans. Finish with some alcohol but nicely balanced big beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1155) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Jet black pour with an espresso head. Raisin and stone fruit in the aroma. Huge mouth. Big time stone fruit in the taste. Raisin and a little chocolate. Finish has some alcohol going on. Bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElCapitan22 (272) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Pours jet black with no head retention, but it does have some lacing to it. Smells of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes the same and finishes quite bitter but yet sweet. Great drink!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (286) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, leather, tobacco, cocoa. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is well balanced, very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SparhawkII (7) - - MAY 25, 2015 does not count
Dark amber head, Malty nose. First tastes give... Chocolate, tastes a little dry like a red wine except way more mouthfeel. Slightly bitter finish that lingers for minutes. Doesn’t leave that fatty/creamy residue that some heavy beers seem to. Not my favorite imperial stout, but decent. Also, chill before opening but let breathe a little. Probably best around 15 degrees similar to cellaring temperature.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2284) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2015
As the description says, better as it warms up. Straight out of the fridge it’s heavy on the bitterness with no complex aromas or flavors. Let it rest a while and it really opens up. True of many beers, of course, but this one in particular really needs it.


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