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RATINGS: 3083   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
From old notes. There’ s every virtually every element here to make this a stellar Imperial Stout but it just doesn’t quite deliver the flavour, depth or complexity attributed to its reputation. Lacks definition and individuality which can be found in many other excellent stouts without the profile or notoriety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4403) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2015
(Stone Imperial Russian Stout) Bottle 650 ml at home, 2014 vintage, from a trade with PMgep, thanks! Served into a snifter, ABV 11% Pitch black colour on the body, one finger of thick, brown head, with quite good retention. Aroma of milky chocolate, peccan, alcohol, vanilla, fudge. Taste is sweet, with chocolate, light roasted malts, fudge, well hidden alcohol, vanilla, prunes, some coffee. Medium thick body, soft carbonation, sticky on the palate. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stef73 (503) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
De couleur noir avec col généreux couleur moka . On a une excellent balance de saveur . On n’a un nez très avec un note de chocolat mais une de torrification , le goût n’est pas trop fort juste correct . On n’a aussi un côté houblonnée mais pas trop . Tout est fiinessse bravo

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1405) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, dark malts, fudge, some burned wood, vanilla, roast, licorice, anise. Taste has dark chocolate, dry, roast, fudge, hops, malt, licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (2018) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2015
2015 on tap at Stone in Asagaya...cellared for 3 months at the bar. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Loads of chocolate on the nose with some cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and dark fruit. Taste is extemely smooth with good carbonation. Very rich and flavorful with a full body. Alcohol is almost non-existent...drinks like a 6% or 7% stout. Finish has some spice and some light roasted malt along with cacao and espresso. Killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fuzzcro (179) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2016 An excellent stout. One of my favorites! Tastes, palate, appearance can’t be beat!!!! Chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla ****I want to note I have located and purchased a few bottle of this brew from 2014...Much to my delight, I think it has aged beautifully!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Poured jet black with half inch tan khaki head. Nicely carbonated with silky mouthfeel taste of coffee and chocolate and earthy hops. Hint of alcohol on a dry not sweet at all finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1109) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
Merci à Ju-Lo pour cette bouteille qui me fait en ce moment le plus grand bien après cette Schoune, comment dire... mémorable! Tout de cette bière se joue en finesse et en douceur, sans que le côté impérial n’intervienne de manière autoritaire. Une nez de RIS quasi-typique en ce sens où les arômes sont puissantes mais ici délicates. J’y reçois de l’anis, un fond de fumée, un alcool très léger, une présence de malts rôtis des plus balancées et agréables. Une quantité importante de houblons a certainement été ajoutée pour balancer les malts mais ceux-ci présentent toutefois une certaine retenue dans la palette aromatique puisque leur contribution se fait davantage au niveau de l’amertume que dans les parfums. Texture soyeuse, presque végétale, très agréable. Moyennement longue en bouche, effervescente comme il se doit d’une RIS, cette bière se boit très (trop?) facilement en toute circonstances, même à l’apéro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1426) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle 2015. Pours a pitch black with a nice, big, lasting brown head. Aroma has some roasty malts, lots of hops, anise, licorice, salmiak, coffee, caramel. Fairly fruity! Taste is sweet and malty up front, but gets more roasty, and with a some grassy, fruity hops to it. Dry chocolate, and a dry and slightly bitter finish. Carbonation is high, body is full. Nice, plain, "oldschool" imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Larkin (25) - Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2015
I had this for the first time from a bottle aged 4 years from Gordon’s Cellar Reserves, in Greeley, CO. This was an amazing Stout and I have to guess that the age rounded, softened, and sweetened this Imperial Stout. I found all of the following notes to come across with sweet carmel malt over blending in with the following: dark chocolate, light roasted arabica coffee bean, anise, roasted malt, toast, and currant. The finish was that of light alcohol.

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