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RATINGS: 2933   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMA (219) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Pitch black. Thick, long lasting beige head. Malty with coffee aroma. Bread. Malty, a little sweet taste. Full, creamy smooth body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
David_87 (42) - - OCT 31, 2014
Pours as black as they come. Aroma is hoppy for the style, in a very good way though, love it. Huge flavor, coffee, chocolate, hops, simply everything! The alcohol is masked in a dangerous way. My one gripe with this one is that it wasn´t available in a smaller bottle. 2014 release, bomber from SB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (3089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2014
660ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Malty, chocolate, roast, spicy minty aroma. Malty, orange, citrus, chocolate in taste. Alcohol is very well covered. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
660ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Pleasant roast aroma. Pleasant roasty taste too. Full and smooth palate. Very nice balanced roast. Remarkably light for its strength. Later it gets a little heavier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (683) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a strong chocolate and light coffee aroma. Has a strong malty, coffee, sweet caramel, and light chocolate taste. Medium body. Lingering coffee taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1377) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a nice small brown head. Aroma of bittersweet cocoa, chocolate, coffee, anise and roasted malts. Taste is anise, roasted malts, sweet cocoa, coffee, light fruitiness & a hint of alcohol heat on the finish. Full bodied RIS with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and a complexity of flavors. Smell is big and the taste is too but ever so delicately balanced. This is the 2014 version & I’m sure this could easily be a 4.5+ beer with a couple years of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1096) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Draft to taster Caramel, toasted malt, nutmeg, rum, cocoa, coffee. Black, thin creamy tan head. Cocoa, coffee, toasted malt, bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (56) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
Small and nice head. Deep dark colour. A: Plum, coffee, some sherrytone. T: Coffee, apricot, nice heavy alcohol heat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
600ml bottle served in a snifter. A: Pours a deep oiled like black color forming a thin dark brown head. Small retention and only some lacings left in the glass S: Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Biscuity. Notes of dark fruits and coffee. Alcohol can be felt in the end T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Backbone is mainly the malt, very malty beer. End is mainly roasted sweet-bitterness and strong notes of grassy-earthy hops. Excellent bitterness, BTW M: Heavy creamy body. Molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and strong bitter aftertaste O: Easy drinking. Great beer! [ BA Review @ 7/28/2012 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a really dark brown with a medium brown head that fades into a small film but at least leaves good lacing. Nose is of fusels or at least really hot alcohol, chocolate and coffee. "In your face" you might say. Some licorice also. Taste is of buttery caramel, milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A lot of alcohol also, hot hot hot. No ash, good! Pretty bitter, not sure if from malt or hops but at least it isn’t acrid. It almost goes without saying that body is full. Carbonation is on the lower side reinforcing the smooth mouthfeel. Overall a good imperial stout but not a crazy good one. Way too intense and rough, I wouldn’t necessarily buy again.

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