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RATINGS: 2977   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nicke80 (248) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
65 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with big brown head. Roasted coffee and cocoa aroma with loads of coffee and cocoa and vanilla taste. Bitter sweet aftertaste with loads of coffee and cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2521) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
66cl bottle from BottleDog, London. 12-09-2014.
Pours black with nice tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Coffe, roasty, liquor aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste follows the nose. Smooth, viscous mouthfeel. Chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, burnt caramel, wood flavours. Balanced and enjoybale, but some more body would be appreciated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mears (51) - - DEC 30, 2014
A very good imperial stout. Love the taste. Glad I snagged a few bottles. ...............

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (215) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 27, 2014
2014 release. Bomber into pint glass. Opaque, bordering on black. Chocolate, popcorn(?! maybe that’s the anise, but toasted?), dark roast coffee, a bit of dark topsoil. Thick and heavy in the mouth, rich malt, coffee and cocoa. Oily lingering finish, just enough bitterness to celanse the pallete and leave a lingering dark chocolate sense. A fantastic stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (1693) - Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark black and oily with a small, dark mocha-colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, roast, light soy sauce. Taste is roasted, chocolate, coffee, strong liquorice, light soy sauce. Dark maltiness, some fruity hoppiness. Full, fairly strong carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sun2u (4) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Nice dark smooth Stout. Has a very nice aftertaste. Good Texter over the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leini (1210) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2014
650ml bottle. Pitch black body with a low tan head. Roasted notes, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee and burnt sugar. Finishes a bit dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog Clapham Junction, Battersea. Pours black, thin tan. Aroma of coffee, molasses, aniseed, leather and dark malt. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Burnt malt flavours, with treacle, espresso and spice. Finish is ash, tar, burnt sugar, burnt coffee beans and port. Smashing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bittercreek Alehouse Dark Days 2014 pouring this 2011 vintage. Not much can be added here, a truly superlative beer. Dark with a tinge of ruby, smooth and velvety, plenty of gentle warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1979) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Tap, Craft Beer Market, Calgary, AB, Canada. Jet black, thick dark beige head. Spruce resin and prune aroma. Great texture, some chocolate then a mint hop hit with a long dark chocolate and resin finish. Great.

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