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RATINGS: 3027   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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."

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (997) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2012
2010 Vintage on tap @ Uber. Deep, smooth black with a lingering mocha head that lets you know this means business. Coffee and molasses on the nose. Thick, viscous, and mouth coating. Licorice and alcohol on the aftertaste. The age has clearly been kind to this beer, but at the same time it hasn’t had barrel time like most of the competitors in it’s class have. Not quite the complexity of a barrel aged RIS, but remarkable for its age nonetheless. Then again, those beers easily cost twice as much, when you can find them. Not quite as good as Abyss, for example, but not far back and given the easy availability and reasonable price this is easily the best beer you can find daily in the grocery store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1005) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle 2015. Pours a pitch black with a nice, big, lasting brown head. Aroma has some roasty malts, lots of hops, anise, licorice, salmiak, coffee, caramel. Fairly fruity! Taste is sweet and malty up front, but gets more roasty, and with a some grassy, fruity hops to it. Dry chocolate, and a dry and slightly bitter finish. Carbonation is high, body is full. Nice, plain, "oldschool" imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Larkin (25) - Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2015
I had this for the first time from a bottle aged 4 years from Gordon’s Cellar Reserves, in Greeley, CO. This was an amazing Stout and I have to guess that the age rounded, softened, and sweetened this Imperial Stout. I found all of the following notes to come across with sweet carmel malt over blending in with the following: dark chocolate, light roasted arabica coffee bean, anise, roasted malt, toast, and currant. The finish was that of light alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
knasputte78 (121) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
Svart och lätt skum. Välbalanserad Stout med lätta inslag av kaffe och choklad. Sticker inte ut men är djup, snygg och trevlig att dricka. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1027) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Bottke at Bullerup puppen. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of roast, cocoa nibs, light coffe, very sweet, licorice. Taste is very sweet, with a long duration, oily and sticky. Carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stoutjunkie (50) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle bought from Brewdog online store about a year ago. Once opened sweet chocolate aroma on the nose. This is from the 2014 release so coming up for 18 months. Pours thick black velvety chocolate, looks great. Minimal carbonation. Tastes surprisingly thin compared to similar imp. stouts i drink. great flavour with more of an after taste of light alcohol burn. tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and slight liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3042) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 19, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black color, brown head cover, lots of lace bits. Taste is thick syrupy caramel malt with bits of dried dark vanilla fruit, light spice, and wood coming along for the ride. It moves through a still-sweet finish without hops, instead, using alcohol to balance. Lots of flavor, but minimal fizz, and consistently syrupy. Seems more like a Belgian Triple to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barnacle_Ed (44) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2015 release, aged about 6 months. A hefty 10.6% abv. Tar black with moderate brown head that soon dissipates. Roasted malt nose. Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, bread, dark fruit, some licorice and alcohol in the taste. Relatively light and creamy texture with full body. Mild carbonation. Sinfully delicious...I pick up a bottle at every opportunity I get, hard to beat this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NateH10s (40) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2015
1 pint 6 oz poured in a pint glass A motor oil dark brown, beige creamy head that fades A coffee, bread, cereal, prunes, T long body, mod hops bitterness for a stout but nice, early mild sweet to bread and smokey leather finish P smooth mild carbonation, light not thick texture O great stout with good long flavor profile, I’ll drink plenty of these

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmacklin (478) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
2015 Classic Release. 650ml bottle. (10.6% ABV) Pours an opaque black with an average, frothy, short lived chocolate brown head. Roasted malt aroma with coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, dark fruit and alcohol. Sweet flavour to match aroma with a warming alcohol finish. Full body with a thick, creamy, oily texture and soft to flat carbonation. Very complex. This beer would age well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (74) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2015
Pours pitch black with a very thin line of tanned head. Aroma; roasted coffee and malt, a pinch of licorice and dark chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice with a warm touch of booze! A perfect autumn and winter stout for cold days..

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