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RATINGS: 2777   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (585) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2013
2013 bottle into a chalice A: Opaque black and fairly viscous pour. An inch of caramel colored head that retains until halfway through the glass and leaves good lacing. S: Coffee aromas apparent first then dark chocolate and roasted malt with underlying smell of licorice. T: The dark coffee again leads, followed by the dark chocolate. Some caramel sweetness but finishes with a combination of roast and hop bitterness and some alcohol warming. M: Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation that makes the beer seem lighter than it pours. O: Enjoyable RIS that is well crafted, with flavors that are well integrated. I think I will enjoy this even more with some age, as bitterness dies down a bit. ---Jeremy H


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (700) - - APR 14, 2014
Black pour, small head. A tad under-carbonated maybe. Big aroma and flavour, roast, dark chocolate. Rich, full body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michbeerlover (136) - - APR 12, 2014
2014 release. Awesome looking RIS. Black with a 2 finger tan head. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks like a real quality brew. However, the aroma and taste are kind of meh. Not getting much aroma and flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is full, chocolate milk thick. Alcohol is well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Chocolate, a little coffee, roasted grain, resin, and a hint of licorice treat by sense of smell, and this ale only gets better after sniffing it. It is as dark brown as it can be without being black, and the tan head settles into a ring in my snifter while leaving ícome hitherí lacing. Initial light sweetness in the taste yields quickly to medium-heavy bitterness and umami. Its body is medium-full with an oily and sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish. While it may not be the best RIS of which Iíve had the pleasure, it may be the best balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2014
22 oz bottles. It pours a very dark black with a small quickly vanishing dark tan head. It has the aromas of chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruit, caramel and coffee. It has a wonderfully complex taste of dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, resin, alcohol and a little smoke. It has a strong warming characteristic. This beer is wonderful, I hope to drink it again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (212) - Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottled 3/06/2014 Aroma: Roasted malts, Dark Chocolate. Appearance: Dark black, high lacing, dark brown head Taste: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee, hints of wood Overall: Great beer, really liked the balance of dark fruits, malts, and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (553) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2014
2013 bottle @ home, 5/4-14.
App: Oily black with a nice thick and creamy mocka brown head that lace.
Aroma: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, sweet licorice, leather and bitter herbs. Some fruity hints too.
Taste: Sweet and roasted with sweet licorice, coffee and cocolate, but also a nice caramel softness with a pinch of grapefruit. Ends herby/burnt bitter with a rather thick leathery saltiness that gets a bit cloying when it warms up.
Palate: Big, soft mouthfeel with soft and slight mushy carbonation and oily texture.
Overall: A very good stout with a nice caramel softness to it. The saltiness disturbs me a bit though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJ_Pain (30) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Nice! First experience with this beauty. Grabbed this in an unsuccessful hunt for some KBS. Glad I did. Amazing stout. Gonna buy a couple more and age em.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2014
2012 bottle, properly cellared. A: Perfect black w/ a fluffy 1" mocha head. Good lacing and head retention. N: Enormous licorice, star anise, cocoa, coffee, prune, vanilla, smoke, and malt. T: Big, big sweetness, bitterness lends enough balance to get by, but this is a licorice treat. M: Oily, heavy, Alcohol is well hidden. O: The Stone yeast strain works pretty well, and Iím grateful for the complexity.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (169) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Shared by awesome Ratebeer user JHeath99. Aroma of dark chocolate and hops. Appearance dark black with tan head. Taste of dark chocolate with roasted coffee. Heavy bodies and smooth palate with just a hint of coffee aftertaste. Fantastic beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (93) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle, 2014. A beautiful opaque black beer with a pecan colored head that thins quickly. It smells like chocolate, coffee, plum, vanilla, bread, roast malt. Taste of roast malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, booze, yes anise and vanilla, with a bitter grapefruit rindy finish. As it warms there is shoyu, licorice/anise, plum, and the bitter rind fades a bit to more of a grapefruit and coffee, and it gets boozer The palate is smooth and rich, carbonation fine and subdued. This tastes a bit harsh here. I think it needs more age on it. That sharp hops finish could use some mellowing, as could the hot alcohol. I really wanted to like this more and rate it higher, though it still deserves a lofty rating.


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