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RATINGS: 2849   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
22 oz Bottle. Poured dark black with a average light brown creamy head. Aroma was moderate roasted malt with a nutty tone. Flavor was a complex heavy roasted malt, coffee and long heavy sweet finish. Full body with a light alcohol bite. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Strong chocolate notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Chocolate, vanilla and some week coffee notes. Long complex great finish. Creamy palate. World Class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
[Courtesy of Ungstrup] Pitch black with brown head. Aroma has roasted malt, liquerice and chocolate. Flavor is roasted with chocolate, liquerice, coffe and vanilla. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle. Pitch black with a steady creamy light brown head. Roasty chocolate coffee bitter aroma. Great mouthfeel. Lovely roasty chocolate and hoppy flavour. Choco roasty bitter long lasting finish. Great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma is burned, coffee, fruit, malt. Flavour is sweet, burned, coffee, fruit, hop, malt. Very nice beer . Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10121) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2007
Thank you Steve/Coldbrewky for this Summer 2005 release, that I had in November 07. It’s pitch black with a nougat colored, huge, creamy head. The aroma has notes roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, a touch of alcohol and smoke. The flavour is very nice and complex. It’s soft with a nice subdued bitterness, notes of roasted malt, licorice, alcohol, dark fruits, light sweetness and a touch of vanilla and smoke. It’s really nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2003 Bottled: Has a deep black colour. Huge head that last long. Aroma is very complex. Chocolate, roastyness, spices, cocoa etc. all in the aroma. Flavour is grand. Oh boy, this is nealy heaven. The balance of this beer is impressive. Alcahol is well hidden in the cocoa, fruit, roasty liqourice flavour. I bend down on my knees and pray that Stone breweries will last forever. Thanks again to Herbjones for sending this mighty brew to Denmark.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Pitch black, brown head. Malty vinous aroma, figs, raisins, milky, some chocolate, some hops. Chocolate flavor, milky, figs, raisins, tar and cocoa. Incredibly smooth and tasteful. Well balanced and a world class-beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle from martinboer, spring 2008 release. Almost black and opague. Dark chocolate, coffee and roast in the aroma. Roast flavor, malty sweet, with dark chocolate, espresso, raisin. Just as vinous as a RIS can get. Warming alcohol, partly hidden. Very well balanced, maybe needs a bit more time to fully develop. Thanks, Martin, for this rare treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Very very dark brown, tiny brown head. Aroma of chocolate. Very full bodied. Flavor of dark chocolate and malt with bitter finish. Nice one.

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