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RATINGS: 2881   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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. [ Courtesy of kmweaver ] Dark black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, moderate hoppy, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is soft to flat, finsh feel is light to moderate alcoholic. ;o)) (261007)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 31. Pours deep brown/black with a lacing head. Raisin sweet and dried aroma. Dried fruit flavour, sweet and slight alcoholic. Dry and slight roasted malty finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 A pitch black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is totally dominated by coffee, with hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, wood, and some hops - and a very dry roasted coffee end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (Bottle 65 cl) Comes as "Stone Imperial Stout" at 10.8% ABV in a "Limited Early Summer 2005 Release".
Opaque, pitch black beer with a creamy, dark brown head. Very complex aroma of dried fruits and roasted malts. Very full body with plenty of roasted malt and dried fruit. Extremely complex and refined brew with only a moderate bitterness. 160106 and 070907

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and liquorice with roasted notes. Roasted flavour with lots of coffee, chocolate and hops. Fantastic !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Alcohol and roasted malt in aroma. Flavour is sweet malty with weak roast. Kind of soapy hints in flavour too. Smoky aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19381) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2002
Black as coal. Complex aroma with loads of licorice, some coffee, and a surprising hint of red berries. Thick adn salty mouthfeel, loads of chewy malts. Huge, but tdoesn’t get overpowering or cloying. Finishes malt sweet with good bitterness. Really balanced for such a huge beer. Thanks Gusler!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2008
Draught @ Taphouse Grill, Seattle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Roasted warming malty licorice flavor with lots of chocolate and hints of coffee. Has a long roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
25th June 2008. Not a particularly thick or oily Impy Stout. Overriding flavours of minerally bitterness and coffee. Undertones of chocolate. Lacks the sumptuous smoothness of the best of the breed. A middle ground RIS for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14599) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Black ink color, brown head. Good aroma: malt, bread, roasted malt, liquorice, light phenols. The body is not too thick, a bit oily, unfortunately metallic too; the taste is dominated by the roasted malt with a roasted nuts character, some malt sweetness, liquorice, strong bitterness. The final is bitter, again mostly due to the roasted malt (and the other flavors along); hidden by this, there is some aromatic hop. Good, very powerful, but it can’t get me excited.


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