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RATINGS: 3044   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CacheManyHose (447) - HONG KONG - AUG 30, 2015
From QC. Pours opaque ink-black. Thin fizzy creamy tan head. Minimal wet spotty lacing. Smells of dark roasted malt, moderate liquorice and dark chocolate, some herbal bitterness. Tastes of slightly burnt malt, deep and bitter, lightly spicy, sharper finish. Body is smooth, bitter, some acidic sharpness. Huge stout - has some liquorice/raisin sharpness (more so in the taste) but not too much. Lots of nice dark chocolate in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HKdIPA (515) - HONG KONG - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from QClub at home. Thick black pour with dense tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee and malt, some coffee and piney hoppy bitterness. Nice. Taste is big big boozy coffee bitterness. Huge rich palate but not too sticky. Not as much - or really any - raisin as I feared, some hints of stone fruit. Lasting bitter booziness. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergaard (242) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Pitch black, not much head. Aroma of liqorice, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and some booze. Taste is roasted and Slightly sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, liqorice. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whoisghost (145) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2015
A deep and warm black, with a thick and sturdy tan head. Nose is biscuit and dark caramel with boozy toffee roasted coffee and raisin to boot. Rich and complex, this big Russian lives up to the hype. Pine and raisin upfront - a twisted concoction of sweet and bitter hop tastes held down by a melt in your mouth malt back end and belly warming booziness. This is so thick and creamy in your mouth, with a never ending aftertaste and feel, leaving you constantly salivating yet weary of what more could do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rollinsr (504) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 15, 2015
Pours midnight black with no head. Aroma is of a strong black gingerbread man. Flavor is dark and malty with heavy holiday spices. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Humlehode (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2015
Pours black with nice brown head. Sweet complex and smooth aroma. Roasted, chocolate, light coffee notes. Very smooth and balanced, everything fits really well together. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
borre_m (814) - NORWAY - AUG 15, 2015
Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma of caramel and coffee. Taste has licorice, some warming alcohol. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCaptMatey (191) - Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Poured an opaque black colour with aa half inch reversing to a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruits, and alcohol. Flavor is burnt, charred coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and dark dried fruits. Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth warming sweet finish. A great example of my favorite style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (405) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Very smooth stout with high alc. hints of coffee , chocolate and licorice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IngetSlick (75) - - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Creamy, beige head. Black body. Smells roasted coffee beans, chocolate, liqoricue, vanilla, hoppy, yeast. Tastes roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, citrus. Salt and sweet, bitter finish.

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