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RATINGS: 3043   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (12255) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit ordentlicher bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kakao, Kaffee. Geschmack nach reifen Früchten, viel Röstmalz, Toffee, Schokolade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (12044) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11981) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (11817) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (11782) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with brownish tan head. Nose of chocolate, nuts, coffee and roasted malts. Taste of mocha latte, chocolate, nuts, milk, roasted malts, light vanilla and very light alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11748) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11703) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
bottle from ølbutikken. pitch black, smooth light brown lacing head. Looks perfect. aroma of roasted malts, cookies, coffee, pretty mild consdering the abv. very smooth. flavor is roasted malts, vanllla, licorice, boozy boost to the bitterness, ends quite hard roasted , bordering charchoal. The alc. sometimes becomes almost too much, yielding a peppery bitterness. apart from that the beer is very well balanced, and very full in the flavor. Palate is velvety soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Stone ‘08RIS-22oz bottle-pours a rich brown head that dissipates and black color. Aroma is drk malt, yeast. Taste is dark malt-roasty/licorice, yeast, some hops bite, smooth. Thanks to jwc215(BA) for sharing. 3.5 080510-04version- 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11640) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle @ thewolf tasting.
Pours pitch-black, a nice creamy brown head on top. Aroma is deep, dark chocolate, some coffee and light hops. Super creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is soft, light coffee, quite a lot of hops. Still, there is some degree of balance. A great Impy stout, but just lacks that extra something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - 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)

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