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RATINGS: 2946   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (60) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
Small and nice head. Deep dark colour. A: Plum, coffee, some sherrytone. T: Coffee, apricot, nice heavy alcohol heat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (999) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
600ml bottle served in a snifter. A: Pours a deep oiled like black color forming a thin dark brown head. Small retention and only some lacings left in the glass S: Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Biscuity. Notes of dark fruits and coffee. Alcohol can be felt in the end T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Backbone is mainly the malt, very malty beer. End is mainly roasted sweet-bitterness and strong notes of grassy-earthy hops. Excellent bitterness, BTW M: Heavy creamy body. Molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and strong bitter aftertaste O: Easy drinking. Great beer! [ BA Review @ 7/28/2012 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1731) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a really dark brown with a medium brown head that fades into a small film but at least leaves good lacing. Nose is of fusels or at least really hot alcohol, chocolate and coffee. "In your face" you might say. Some licorice also. Taste is of buttery caramel, milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A lot of alcohol also, hot hot hot. No ash, good! Pretty bitter, not sure if from malt or hops but at least it isn’t acrid. It almost goes without saying that body is full. Carbonation is on the lower side reinforcing the smooth mouthfeel. Overall a good imperial stout but not a crazy good one. Way too intense and rough, I wouldn’t necessarily buy again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
It got Julie in back of the throat. Too bitter. She gives a 3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
STRONG!! Every taste that is characteristic to Imperial Stouts is amplified in this big 9.47% beer. The malt, the roast and the alcohol are just perfect! (for me...!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and malts. Taste is milk chocolate and roasted malts. Very smooth balanced stout abv is hidden. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours an inky brown/black with a tan head leaving a little lacing, little thin for an imperial stout. Roasted malt and chocolate nose with a scent of coffee. Chocolate and coffee flavor in the front, with nice malty backbone and a bit if current and even a little bit of hops. Excellent beer, drink it, enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wihlan (383) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Flaska från systemet - Doftar lite champagne. Kolsvart med en lätt beige skumkrona som dessvärre försvinner fort. Tydliga brända toner men man kan även känna lakrits och lite kaffe. Den har faktiskt en tydlig beska som jag misstänker kommer från den mörka malten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (694) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
@ Havregatan 19/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Cacao, licorice, roasted notes. Taste: Roasted malt, licorice, bitter, sweet. Body is full, the finish is roasted and chocolatey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (1035) - , Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2015 2/15 re-rate... of spring 2008 bottle. bumped from 3.8 oldest bottle I ever drank.......not sure why I had this for so long?? LOVED it; the years had knocked the lacing and any hops but I was left with what I love about stouts - roast, thick, malt, some chocolate. the aging had also given this a nice touch of sweetness......................................... bomber to glass. nice aroma of roast, coffee, and chocolate. dark pour, nice dark brown head. taste has several layers of roast in it; light coffee and bittersweet chocolate; some alcohol and hops. all the parts are there - good, but not great stout for me...

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