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RATINGS: 2790   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."


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1050) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
2012 bottle. Black, not much of a head. Aroma is faint, dark malts. Taste has dark malts, chocolate, coffee. The flavor is good but there is not enough of it. Fairly smooth for an Imperial. Cant really taste the 10% ABV, but it catches up to you. A pretty darn good deal at $6.99. Overall, i like this beer, but there is nothing that jumps out at me. It has a lot going for it. It has no apparent flaws, but to me it is lacking that wow factor. I would like to see this beer turned up on all levels.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinVA (1020) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2014
2013 bottle into a shifter. Pours black with a slight deep brown head. Aroma of bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, blackberry. Taste is rich, chocolate, espresso, fruit. Slightly crabby mouthfeel with a surprisingly dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (668) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2014
Poured from a tap. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Mild roasted malt aroma. Smooth roasted chocolate flavor with a great finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (984) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2014
This was excellent (thanks Doo). Dry roasted coffee, that big Stone bite but this time tempered (in a very good way) with the huge, rich malt. Big complex nose, some vinous and licorice notes, really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lukedarock (108) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
This beer looks and smells absolutely awesome im excited to try this beer! What a bold stout definitely get why I was told to try, its a great brew

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (891) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
2014. Listed 11% ABV. Pours an inky jet black with a thick mocha brown head that settles to a ring and leaves plenty of spotty lace. Nose involves deep roasted notes, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel, nuts, hints of bramble fruit, mace, spearmint, chocolate brownies with ice cream, and so on. Quite sweet, also quite bitter, very balanced. Heavier bodied, very oily, viscous, softer carb, some prickliness, with a long coating, warming, and bittersweet finish. Excellent brew at a mere two months old, tons going on, all of it intermingles and works well. Classic yet exuberant.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scampycampy (29) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pours dark with light carbonation and tan head that dissapates quickly. light, slightly alcohol smoky that finishes dry and a qick nutty taste that evaporates instantly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is coffee, raisins, chocolate, dates, vanilla, hint of smoke. Medium-full bodied, roasty on the palate with a good balance of bitter and malty. Taste is liquorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
retniw18 (1) - - APR 18, 2014 does not count
This is such an incredible beer! So dark and beautiful. Perfect feel. Everything else was so perfect that the taste, which was really good, was almost a disappointment.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nehpets (23) - - APR 17, 2014
Stones always seems to be slightly bitter to me. This is one that finally seems balanced with the dark flavors of roasted smoked malt

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (405) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, burned wood, smoke, alchool, bacon. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, smoked, dark fruits, light alchool.


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