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RATINGS: 3105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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."


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2016
65cl bottle shared in a snifter. Pours thick black with a foamy tan head which lasts well. Aroma is chocolate - almost praline in its luxuriance. Nice velvety mouthfeel which complements the sweet and decadent taste perfectly. Possibly the finest non barrel aged Imperial Stout I have tried. Fantastically well balanced with a subtle bitterness but mostly sweet and delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wombat23 (612) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Shared 22 oz. bottle. 2015 edition. Pours brown-black with a light brown head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and has some earthiness to it. Very rich, and it’s smooth and drinkable for the ABV, which is well-hidden. Full-bodied. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
darbeer75 (437) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Aroma: roasty coffee with malt; picking up some of the anise; Appearance: pitch black with thin, tan head that dissipates slowly; Taste: layers of flavor, from coffee to malt to some fruitiness (getting some prune) to booziness; very delicious; maybe a tad too boozy/pruney, but still great; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet/bitter finish; Overall: very yummy on all levels; will definitely buy again.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, rum. Syrupy palate. Sweet with bitter notes. Great example of a great style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tfontana (664) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2016 Bottle pour from Wally’s. Aroma is rich roasted maltiness, dark fruits, cocoa and light anise. Appearance is opaque black with ring of light brown head, trace lacing. Taste is strong dark fruits, sweet roasted malts, cocoa, some alcohol. Almost ash aftertaste (but pleasantly so). Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture and average carbonation with late lively zing; finish is balance of sweet and bitter. Overall, very good but not the flirting-with-perfection, heavy, totally decadent treat I was expecting from a Top 50 beer. Definitely better as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1600Eman (13) - Dundee, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Aroma is malt, chocolate and mild alcohol. Light carbonation. Pours black, light head, very little lacing. Taste is toffee, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Nice oily mouthfeel and a dry bitter finish. Would prefer slightly less bitterness but a great Imp

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2659) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, caramel/vanilla, dark fruit (notably prunes), and dark chocolate; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LLaurin (293) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2016
A nice appearance with black and dark tanned head. Coffee and cocoa bean on the taste and also on palate. Dry taste although with alcoholic sweetness but not taking over hand. Finish is mighty and longlasting

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjoo (26) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle. Aroma thin but complex. Taste very robust and balanced, with perfect mouthfeel.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madchemist83 (250) - USA - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle. Almost 3 years old. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses. A bit of alcohol as well. Pours dark brown with small head that quickly dissapears. Very smooth, taste of coffee and roasted malts. Finish is on the dry side with a perfect balance. Age it and you’ll see the difference.


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