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RATINGS: 2876   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tstamba (311) - Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bomber to a pint glass. Pours out like motor oil, thick and black. One finger tan head with good retention. Roasted malt, coffee, toffee notes. Full mouth feel, rich, creamy, complex... A top tier stout... Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1362) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JesseJames81 (4) - - JUN 16, 2014 does not count
Pours a dark blac color with briwnish-tan overtones. Thick headcwith good retention. Has a sweet’ malty and mollasses aroma. A Rich full flavor with chocolate, coffee, malty mollasses overtnes. Powerful stuff. An enjoyable drink but not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - JUN 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-15-12 - Poured from bottle into snifter Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a two finger brown head. The head has great persistence and eventually fades to give some decent lacing. Smell – A heavy sweet chocolate aroma and malty brown bread mixed with good hints of vanilla, coffee and caramel are mixed within. There is a very light boozy aroma that rounds out the sweeter and maltier aromas well, creating an overall great smell experience. Taste – The taste begins with a huge sweeter cocoa/ semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a nice strong dark breadiness. The sweetness given to the cocoa is of vanilla and the light caramel that was in the nose. As the taste moves on, the dark breadiness remains as a base for the beer along with the cocoa flavor. While the cocoa is ever present, its sweetness profile changes throughout. It begins sweet and then bitters more in the middle as some roasty flavors enter the taste. As the cocoa bitters in the middle, it is joined with a coffee flavor accentuating/enhancing the bitterness. This bitter however is soon again lessened as sweetness comes back to the tongue. At the very end, the alcohol that was detected in the nose comes to fruition and takes the taste to the end. While the taste in the mouth finishes leaves sweeter, the aftertaste turns more bitter. Overall it’s fantastic. Mouthfeel –Thick, chewy and creamy. The body is absolutely awesome. The carbonation level however is a bit too high and pulls away from the wonderful creaminess and prevents the tastes from soaking into the tongue. While the carbonation isn’t superb, overall the amazing body makes for a great mouthfeel. Overall – A very tasty and slow drinking stout. It has a wonderful flavor profile, aroma, appearance and a fantastic body. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (276) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2014 bomber poured into a snifter..jet black with thin tan head..aroma of coffee,dark fruits,chocolate..thick taste with medium carbonation..alcohol lingers later on the palate..very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eructoblaster (3013) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle at Mondial de la Bière (Montréal, QC). Opaque black body with a thick, beige foamy head. Rich malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, roasty, and some oaky hints. Its complex, malty/hoppy taste carries licorice, cocoa, roasty, woody, and brown sugar notes. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Mousse cacao, assez durable, bière noire comme du pétrole, elle est épaisse et riche. En nez, chocolat noir, café espresso et grains grillés. Superbe saveur franche, arômes torréfiés à l’extrême, riche et crémeuse avec chaleur d’alcool et houblns tenaces. Une des références les plus fines pour ce style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JayTeeSupreme (29) - - JUN 11, 2014
This is the 2014 version it was alright, taste of aniseed and almost soy sauce maltiness. Devolves into a skunky aftertaste, its not bad but not a favourite. I dont like the soy sauce kind of taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (233) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2012 release poured from bomber bottle....tried a 2014 at the same time...2012 by far the better beer....way better with aging....the chocolate berries and malt flavors were fantastic...alcohol taste was minimal....great beer.....but after some time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
closey22 (888) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Opaque black with thick lasting foamy light brown head; aroma is hint of roasty chocolate and maiden oil; Flava is soooo rich notes of chocolate alcohol licorice even notes of toffee; feels thick creamy foamy with decent fizzy zing; finishes dry malty sweet then bitter

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