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RATINGS: 2849   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."


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle into snifter. Poured black with minimal head. Aroma of of strong roasty choc malt. light carb med bod. Complex roasted malt choc taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (903) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle share. 2013. Pours super dark, tight ruby edges, dense tan cap. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, salt. Taste is quite bitter with very slight sweetness. Chalky yet sticky mouthfeel, long dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (580) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
This is a great stout. Smell is sweet and that of coffee. Good looking. Great tasting.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
budfox (10) - Kansas, USA - MAY 12, 2014
The best stout out there! Roasted malt and chocolate with that alcohol burn at the end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (282) - - MAY 12, 2014
Draft is 2009 vintage. Pours an opaque black with wispy ring of beige head. Aroma is huge: roasted malts, dark chocolate, booze. Flavor is coffee notes, chocolate, Scotch. Warming alcohol finish. *This beer is based on Courage and uses peated malt. Notes from Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2014 Best stout Ive ever had perfectly balanced not too much cocoa or too much coffee just enough to balance with the roasted malts its motor oil with an espresso head it also has slight notes of oak and leather too this stout is superb.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2014
bottle. thick inky black with minimal head. very boozy. huge roasty malt with coffee bitterness. big flavors, but extremely harsh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (331) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
On draft. Black with thick beige head. Coffee aroma. Taste of roasted coffee and ends bitter. Excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown-black with foamy chocolate colored head, slight caramel aroma, bitter mocha taste with alcohol flavor, long finish, low carbonation, bitter aftertaste. Strong alcohol content quite prominent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2408) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2011 vintage, bottled in Spring 2011. Pours Dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, raisin, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with moderate earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength and some slight booziness. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, raisin, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal/roasted bitterness after the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, light raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate earthy yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish, Overall this is outstanding imperial stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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