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RATINGS: 2782   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
CMLAWCANE (6) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
Poured at a very cold temperature, so flavor a bit off. Aroma is that great smell of a dark chocolate liquer. Taste notes of coffee, little anise. Somewhat bitter alcohol after taste but not overpowering. Gets even better as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fantti (629) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Kaatuu snifteriin sysimustana ja hyvin öljyisen paksuna, tumman vaahdon ollessa noin sormen paksuinen ja jättäen paksun reunuksen lasin reunalle. Hajussa pääosassa on paahteisuus ja salmiakki, joita tukemassa on kevyemmin lakritsi, yrttisyys, juurisuus ja jopa maitomaisuus/kermaisuus, vaikkei haju olekaan makea. Maku on upea: pääosassa taas paahde ja salmiakki, nyt hieman vahvemmin on mokkaista maitosuklaata, lakritsista juurisuutta ja hyvin hennosti kahvisuutta. Suutuntuma on hyvin intensiivinen, täyteläinen ja runsas, mutta hivenen hyökkäävä. Hieno, todella hieno olut, jossa onneksi ei kahvia ole paljoa, vaan Stonen IRS keskittyy salmiakkiseen ja paahteiseen makumaailmaan. Hivenen vähemmän hyökkäävyyttä, niin olisi vielä parempi, mutta melko turhaa nillittämistä. Onneksi toinen pullo on vielä kypsymässä.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (190) - - JAN 21, 2014
Loads of rich, bitter dark chocolate and smooth roasted coffee. Aggressive bitterness throughout, in all the right ways. Dark fruits in the finish with a hint of citrus. One of those beers that takes all of the flavors present and turns them up to 11. A powerhouse of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1060) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
The first IS that I had way back in San Diego in 2000, and it blew my mind. I didn’t know anything about beers and actually thought this one would be like Guinness because they were both stouts. Now 14 years later, I can appreciate such a distinctive brew. Delicious, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfredvik (941) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
This is my kind of imperial stout. Intense, thick and massive, but at the same time balanced and, if not exactly gentle, at least drinkable and more-ish. The aroma is intense and of course heavily malt driven with roasted notes and bitter coffee, but it’s not overly roasted, and there are also delicious sweet notes of dark caramel and dark chocolate. Almost as strong are fruity notes, dark dried fruits mostly, with prune being the most obvious. In the back there are some alcohol and a touch of black currant. The flavours are very strong and initially dominated by sweet notes of dark caramel and chocolate with dark dried fruits in the back. A light bitterness starts out early and is in the beginning just a modest background to the moderate sweetness and the sweet gentle flavours, but then the bitterness grabs the gentle notes by the balls, smacks them up and hangs them upside down in meat hooks, and in the long-lasting finish the heavy bitterness totally runs the show along with dark roasted coffee and citric hints. The mouthfeel is perfect with the expected full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. In the glass the beer is black with a small, medium brown head that ends up as a partially covering film and some foam sticking to the walls of the glass. Perfection!
[65.5 cl bottle, 2012 edition, enjoyed 17.01.2014, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Abrakarl (249) - SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2014
Great beer I’ve had last year. Luxurious stuff with one of the best designs in The craft beer business. So much coffee, chocolate, dark fruits in the overwhelming aroma. Not much head, but it comes back in beige if you twirl it. Bitter but not too bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThanksYeast (27) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Great aroma, cocoa, roast, cedar, coffee. Color black tan head. Taste syrup and somewhat over sweet and caramel. Thick over sweet cloy mouthfeel . A boubon barrel version would be good as to age more..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 11.01.2014, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big slightly brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is rich and slightly sweet grainy, dark malts, grain, malt candy, dark sugar, licorice, chocolate, hints of something honey-like. Taste is slightly dry, dark malts, grain, raw licorice, hay, alcohol, hints of coffee and cardboard. Longlasting mild bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice, but also a little disappointing. It could have been so much better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (861) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours pitch black with the consistency of motor oil with a smallish half finger dark tan head. I was surprised at the lacing which is pretty thick. The aroma is a little weaker than I was expecxting but has notes of licorice and dark fruits with hints of smoke and coffee. The flavor has strong notes of coffee and roast with a hefty dose of dark chocolate thrown in for good measure. The dark fruit is much more restrained allowing the coffee and roast to take center stage. Bitterness is on the higher side but it helps to balance out the sweetness. Thick, silky mouthfeel with just a whiff of alcohol to go along with the slightly sticky, warming finish. Overall, an above-average RIS. Stone never seems to disappoint with their brews and this one is no different. A great stout at a pretty good price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frahmo (224) - Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2014
22 oz. bomber bottled March 2013. Pitch black pour with some dark brown lacing. Great chocolate aroma with a tinge of roasted malts. Sweet chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. Great roasted malts flavor throughout. Super smooth with no hint of the alcohol. This was served at 60 degrees. One of the best stouts I have had.

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