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RATINGS: 3123   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (4149) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Black pour. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, sweet coffee and bitters. Taste of sweet malt, coffee, milk chocolate, licorice and a soft finish. Allright, but expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (4208) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Draft. Lots of deep tobacco in the nose. Earthy. Dirt. Faint molasses. Taste followed with hints of coffee. Fucken grate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
polo_marco (318) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2016
Coffee chocolate roasted malts and hint of booze. Silky rich dark black color. Super chocolatey some coffee and roasted malts with a hint of boozeiness on the backend. Creamy and smooth Full body stout with nice carbonation. Over all this is a big brew with tons of flavor but the boozeiness is a bit off putting. Not to shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2161) - Hagen, GERMANY - APR 14, 2016
0.15 l on tap at ’Beertemple’. Pitch black with a frothy, tan head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, some hazelnut and hints of licorice. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, hazelnut and a bit of vanilla, followed by a short, roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very tasty and round, no alcohol detectable at all, but lacks complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - APR 10, 2016
2013 Classic Release. 10.6%ABV.  Russian Imperial Stout. Poured out black.  40ºSRM. Nose is sweet with the syrupy cloy of stewed dark fruit and prunes. Dark chocolate and some coffee.  There is a spicy sweetness to it that is reminiscent of Japanese curry which tends to be sweet.  There is also a sweet medicinal aspect to the nose which is described locally as the palate of Chinese cooling tea, or by the western palate as licorice. Mouthfeel is soapy and almost syrupy.  Palate is aggressively alcoholic.  There are roasted malt and dark malt flavors of black bread, with an nice oat-y base.   Coffee with espresso at the back of the palate, likely a function of the alcohol.  Hard to tell if there are hops, which may be bitter because of the deeply roasted malt flavors or the alcohol.  Finish is dry and there is no ume but instead some nice sweet prune, dates and plums in the palate on the finish.   Overall, a very full bodied brew that showcases the style so very very very well. As the brew warms you start to appreciate more of the abundant grain bill with dark malts, roasted malt and oats which are somewhat left over that the yeast in the bottle didn’t convert to alcohol. Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Booga (78) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
One of my favorite non-BA imperial stouts. Nice and chocolatey, roasty. Not a lot of sweetness and very bitter. Great consistency and tight carbonated bubbles. Pours a three finger head. This is great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NordicV (1946) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2016
Svart öl med ett gräddigt brunt skum. Doft av torkad frukt, lakrits, malt och rostade toner. Samma i smaken.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nazzty (1271) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2016
I had this stored for 1,5 years before I opened it with great anticipation. What a disappointment. The balance is not there and the alcohol taste is dominating over some nice flavors of licorice and coffee.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wombat23 (695) - 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.

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