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RATINGS: 3105   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."


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pablothirteen (38) - - AUG 11, 2012
2012 edition, fantastic, everything I love about a stout. Rich and Full tasting.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (877) - - AUG 26, 2016
Vintage 2016, bottled on 23. march: on bottle 10,8% abv. Pours back oily color, with foamy brown head. which immediately transforms to a ring around the glass. Aroma: rich dark and roasted malts, with notes of espresso coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, port wine bourbon, vanilla nibs, anise...Flavor is practically the same: intense dark, roasted malts, which takes on dark chocolate, espresso coffee, licorice, cocoa and vanilla nibs, port wine, hint of bourbon, supported with moderate high hop bitterness, which takes on citruses and pine, noiticeable in finish. Finish is slightly bitter (of roasted malt), dry. Body is full, texture is silky soft, carbonation is low. When it warms up it’s for fa**** sake sure world class imp.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1030) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Tap at Republic in a snifter glass on the patio with commonshawn. Dark black in color with tan head that strives to lace itself against the glass. Aroma is peat and chocolate with some welcomed smoke/roasted malt notes. Little toffee/caramel as well. Taste is big and bold with a large peat component and a significant chocolate dessert feel. Mouthfeel is creamy like chocolate milk. Alcohol bite definitely present. Nice dark chocolate and espresso finish. This is a beer for sipping. Really impressive overall. This is the 2012 version on tap so guessing it’s bringing more peat and bourbon like alcohol elements to the table. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Musta olut ruskealla, keskikokoisella vaahdolla joka jättää aavistuksen pitsiä. Tuoksu makean maltainen, paahteisen kahvinen ja suklainen. Maku makean siirappisen maltainen, paahteisen kahvinen ja humalan kivasti kuivattama/katkeroittama. Täyteläinen ja matalahiilihappoinen suutuntuma, kiva katkerahko ja mausteinen pitkä jälkimaku. Alkoholi ei maistu lainkaan, paitsi hieman jälkimaussa. Jotain kuitenkin tuntuisi uupuvan, eikä tämä ihan täydellinen tapaus ole. Korkeaakin korkeammat odotukset täyttyivät vain osittain.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (920) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2016
Drank with Marijn, Bram and Lennart in the Stone brewery bar (awesome place!) in Berlin. Very thick, sweet beer. Like a RIS should be. Good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2674) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 7, 2016
Bomber from brewdog online store. Appeareance is opaque and dark. Head is thin and brown. Medium body. Very smooth finish. Aroma is liquorice, coffee, chocolate, cacao, nuts, hops. Amazing fresh beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeebon (403) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle at home last night. This is a beer I had been waiting to try for a long time and my local beer shop finally had some in. Pours thick black with small tan head, rich aroma of dark chocolate, rich coffee, berries and roasted malt. Taste medium to strong sweet but not cloying, balanced with a bitterness which is pleasing. Oily thick tar like texture on the pallette. This is an exceptional beer of its style and I only wish I had another bottle!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2501) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Vintage 2014 bottle courtesy if Scotty. Black with tan head. Sweet roasted chocolate malts, molasses, vanilla. Over medium sweet, soft bitter. Full body, soft carbonation, very velvety smooth texture. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1424) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle shared. Pitch black with a thin beige head. Notes of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cherries. Medium body, medium carbonstion and a roasty bitter-sweet aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (390) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2016
BOTTLE. (2016 version 23/03/16). Cola black pour with solid tan head.. Dark malt, toasted coconut, chocolate & vanilla essence on the nose.. Silky texture, dark malt, dark berries & chocolate mixed together with a boozy finish once its warmed up a touch.. Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count
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