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RATINGS: 2995   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (733) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
[2014] 22oz bottle. Black with a frothy brown head. Flavors are roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, alcohol and resinous hops with fruity and herbal notes. Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (952) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 20, 2015
650 ml bottle, 2014 release. Gift from my girlfriend, thank you so much! :-)
Pitch black body, with a small, creamy, coffee brown head.
Aroma of anis, coffee, dark chocolate, dark berries, dried fruits, booze.
Tastes of anis, dry coffee, cocoa powder, melting dark chocolate, dark fruits, some booze.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes alcohol warming, roasty-bitter, with strong anis again, dry coffee, bitter cocoa, wood.

Very good, although I was expecting a bit more. The harsh anis notes are too dominant for my liking, but thatís just a matter of taste. Otherwise very satisfying, with the typical, intense coffee and dark chocolate notes. Overall a big beer with a lot of character, but not among my favourite Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (962) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
660 ml bottle
Dark brown opaque beer with little brown head. Aroma has licorice, dark chocolate, liqueur and roasted malts. Flavor has licorice, coffee and roasted malts. Palate is full and soft. Finish has mild bitterness with alcohol. Aftertaste is roasted with dark chocolate. Too much booze, too straight-forward.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turboninja (208) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle@Maja/Talo, Tampere, Finland. 2014 patch. Strong aroma with licorice, raisin and sweet roasted malts. A hint of alcohol. Pitch black color with minimal beige head. Strong taste with bit roasted raisin, dark chocolate and licorice in perfect balance. Smoothly roasted bit sweet malts. Some alcohol nicely tickles gums. Ultra-wide taste spectrum. Long aftertaste with licorice and malts. Strong/medium body with medium/low carbonation. Overall a perfection with classy twist. Only lacks some body and bit stronger head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nihtila (1600) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
10.7.2014. 2014 version. Full aroma of roasted malts, smoke, anise, coffee. Palate is very full bodied, lowish carbonation. Taste is roasted, malty, slight liguorice sweetness, coffee. Heavy deliciousness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sir__v (1019) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle dated 2007 @ Stone Brewery, Escondido - CA. Color: dark deep black beer with no carbonation and really small brown head. Smell: roasted malt, sugar, caramel and licorice bouquet. Very high complexity, alcohol notes and barrel too. Taste: oily sensation with roasted malt and chocolate notes. High sugar cane and alcohol notes. Very intensive and penetrating flavors. Intentive! Amazing! A must to try. Aftetrtaste: barrel and roasted malt with high sugar concernation and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mysticbrew (65) - - FEB 22, 2015
2014 bottle .... Poured dark and rich with a tobacco colored head that dissipates almost immediately. Aroma & taste of chocolate and coffee. Full bodied lingers nicely. A stellar stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vandc01 (172) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2014 Release - bottled 2/21/14 poured 2/20/2015 - apparently couldnít wait the extra day. Amazing aroma. Pitch black, great appearance. Taste - dark chocolate, coffee. Well done Stone - Iím sorry it took me so long to try this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeinAle (123) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottled 3/22/13. Poured to snifter 2/15/15. Blackish brown with dark tan head. Smells like roasted raisins and licorice. Tastes immediately as charred, toasty malts. Full bodied classic stout mouth feel. Overall it lives up to itís reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1140) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2015
22oz bottle 2014 vintage pours black brown with finger of tan head. Nose is nutty roast, dark ashy fruit, tar, licorice. Taste is big with vanilla, almond, roast, charred coffee, lots of dark fruit. Finishes with ashy light sweetness, coffee, dark cocoa, dark fruit. Thinner than expected. Good not great.

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