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RATINGS: 3044   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3884) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
65cl bottle from Vinmonpolet Vika some years back (2012). Pours black, dark motor oil black, with a modest, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark, smooth and complex. Mild chocolate, hints of coffee, dark fruits and caramel. Sweet, tasty, balanced and quite delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1675) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2015
650mL bottle from Slowbeer. 2015 vintage Spot on for looks - thick, black with a creamy dark tan head holding on. Wow - the nose of this is amazing - freshly baked cookies, treacle, toasted oats, milk coffee, licorice, raisins, charred nuts, pie crust - really complex! Big, thick, smooth, velvety, just hangs on the palate for an eternity. Sticky on the body; starts off like chocolate pudding, sweet, almost liqueur-like, coffee notes punches through, medium roast, then lots of toast, charred, blackened pastry/bread/oats, some burnt sugar notes. Savoury finish, earthy, acrid, black fruit notes, firm bitterness, extremely long finish. A class act, unlike any RIS i’ve come across, in the best way possible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (834) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 28, 2015
2014 version. Smoke, dark chocolate and coffee rises off a nearly opaque black/brown body with a dark tan head. The aromas follow directly into the taste along with a strong licorice/anise flavor. The overall body and flavor seem relatively light for such a big beer, but that’s most likely the product of a very well balanced approach to this. This is true when it’s at the proper serving temperature, but it’s much harsher when it’s a bit too cold (you gotta experiment a bit with something like this, right?). The alcohol can’t be completely hidden, but It doesn’t hit like 10.5% ABV (again that balance). Finishes warm with escalating anise notes and a molasses sweetness. I’ve enjoyed this beer many times over the years and finally got around to rating it. Thanks for being awesome as usual, Stone!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bhaag (27) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2015
Black awesome stout, dense flavourful mealy and super complex malt profile with some savoury earthy funk. So good. Don’t miss out if you’re a fan of the dark side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsporrer (216) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
On tap at house of 1000 beers. Not out in bottles yet but I found it on tap. Really nice black color with light tan head. Slightly oily and thick but smooth. Tastes is very similar to Bell’s Expedition or Great Lakes Blackout stout. It was smoother than Bell’s and the flavor didn’t linger as long but it did fill up your mouth not just on the tongue. If you are looking for something with flavor but not too heavy or carbonated then this is an excellent choice. Super smooth without being weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 18 Aug 2012 -- (2011 version) Bottle into a pint glass. What can I say? This beer is a classic example of the style. Great to age or drink fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (648) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2015
Édition 2014, achetée en avril 2014 et dégustée en juillet 2015. Vieillissement estimé à 18 mois. Robe d’un noir opaque ne laissant filtrer que de minces reflets ambrés. Un épais et dense col de mousse se forme mais s’estompe rapidement pour ne laisser qu’un mince cerne. Arôme de chocolat, grains rôtis, café noir et bois sec. En bouche, saveurs de chocolat et bois. Une forte amertume de café et de bois envahit longuement le palais. Le malt grillé est présent tout le long de la gorgée. Le haut taux d’alcool se fait ressentir en finale par des effluves assez dominantes. Texture moyennement épaisse, fine effervescence. Un bon RIS costaud dans les règles de l’art.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (663) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours pitch black, nice tan head. Aroma is big big roasted boozy chocolate, and coffee. The aroma is absolutely seething forth. Some soy sauce in this one, some licorice, a bit woody. Really really good. Flavor is so full-bodied. Rich robust chocolate, booze, smoke, some heat in there, some light black licorice notes. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (441) - - JUL 9, 2015
Pours a dark brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma of wood and smoke. Nice malty taste with complex tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1618) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roasty, coffee, chocolate, liquorice and dark fruits. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a roasty finish. Fabulous.

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