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RATINGS: 2864   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (249) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Huh... must have rated this on that other beer site I was banned from. Anyway. Had it a couple years ago out the growler and it was disgusting. Had it on tap today. Aroma was roasty and metalic. Looked like a porter almost. Head had bigger tan bubbles that formed into a cake like thing. Tasted very much like a porter. Big metallic note. And roasty note. Not sweet. Not really boozy. Some acidity on the back of the palate. Palate was good. Smooth. A bit of acidity. Overall, I was blown away because out the growler this beer was a drain pour (literally). On tap, this beer was really solid. Not amazing, but really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Dark big and beautiful. Smooth silky with a well balanced chocolate and slight coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swesson (209) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Thick tan head, great lacing. Pitch black body. Smells of caramel and malted barley and a hint if coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste is good with the aromas described above coming through the palate. Another very good Stone brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (754) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt, soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, soy sauce, licorice, toffee and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasty mouthfeel and a roasted malt, soy sauce and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer-yum (449) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
Has to be one of my favourite Stone brews. Was lucky enough to sample from tap down here in the antipodes - and it was everything it’s reputation promised. Was sublime at the temperature served (cold) and only got better as it warmed up. Only downside is it is too strong to enjoy in the quantities one would want!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hfmejias (696) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2014
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black with a medium, foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee and hints of alcohol. Taste malty, sweet, bitter notes and a bit of booze. Delicious flavor, very good beer, super enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badpuppy69 (215) - orange, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a very dark Brown with big head and great retention. Aroma is dark fruits roasted malts chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste follows the Aroma perfectand some nice hops present in the Taste. Very smooth!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (354) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle, 2008 vintage in 2014, thanks to northropfrye. Beautiful aromas of dried fruits, liquorice, candied fruits, bubblegum. Flavour of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice, a bit of funkiness. Very very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Criz (74) - - MAY 24, 2014
8oz draft pour. Pours a dark black with a thin lingering tan head. Notes of alcohol, and vanilla. Huge flavors of espresso, vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Medium thin body, no carbonation on palate with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chadski4 (107) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Roastiness dominates the aroma after a jet black pour. Small medium brown head. Large amount of booziness in the flavor followed by chocolate, coffee and black cherry. Very thick, buttery finish.

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