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RATINGS: 3104   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (13619) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black, opaque color. Big brown head. Smell coffee, licquorice, roastyness and some burned. Taste coffee, smoke, bitter, roastyness and burned malts. Sticky texture, good mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (13584) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
660ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Pleasant roast aroma. Pleasant roasty taste too. Full and smooth palate. Very nice balanced roast. Remarkably light for its strength. Later it gets a little heavier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13334) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
On tap @ Falling Rock poured an opaque black with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Palate was heavy and peppery. Flavors of coffee, burnt malt,and bittersweet chocolate. Possibly one of stones best beers IMNTBHO.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 (2/4/06, bottle, Spring 2003 vintage) Small brown head atop a motor-oil body -- no problem passing a 120-watt test. Aroma is rich, moderately sweet, cocoa, roasty, coffee, some grapefruit, earthy, light prune/raisin, cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some roasty, light grapefruit, cinnamon -- seems slightly past prime, though still quite enjoyable. Light alcohol burn in the finish. Silky smooth medium-full body. (9/5/7/5/15)

(8/26/03) Motor oil pour reveals a black black body topped by a small brown head. Aroma is rich, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light anise. Taste is BIG malty, chococoffee, bitter, light roasty. Finish has nice alcohol warming/burn. Very full, viscous/creamy palate. (9/5/8/5/17)

(7/13/02) Licorice is the strongest of the aromas, though there’s also some coffee and fruitiness. The taste is sweet and strong maltiness; rich and complex. Viscous/oily in texture, with a slight alcohol burn as it goes down the gullet. Quite an impressive work of brewing art. (9/5/8/4/17)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Deep black stout with a deep fruity chocolate and hops in aroma, and alcohol., almost like Cherry Blossoms. Deep sweet cherries dipped in alcohol and coated with chocolate. Hops well balanced thoughout. Excellent offering.(Sept. 2004)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a very dark drown color with a thin brown head. Has flavor of coffee and roasted malt with a heavy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12680) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma has lots of licorice, some ink-like hard roasted malt, some dried fruits, a touch of smoke and vineous alcohol. Sweet licorice and chocolate flavour with lots of roasted malt and a hint of smoke. There is hoppy bitterness and a certain hop character, though hiding behind a lot of roasted character. Quite sweet, in fact, after the third sip, it feels a bit cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12409) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Cocoa, some soy and a bit of coffee. Jet black and no head. Cocoa and heavy roasted malts and a bit of heat in the finish. Nice and held up well. Vintage 2012 - Much bigger flavors, but in much better balance. Will try next one fresh, maybe age not a good idea with these.


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