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RATINGS: 2978   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1469) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On draught at St. Johns Winter Beer Festival. Aroma of tar and anise. Really deep, dark licorice, coffee, and malt flavor. Easy to drink (beware).


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (191) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, leather, tobacco, cocoa. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is well balanced, very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SparhawkII (5) - - MAY 25, 2015 does not count
Dark amber head, Malty nose. First tastes give... Chocolate, tastes a little dry like a red wine except way more mouthfeel. Slightly bitter finish that lingers for minutes. Doesn’t leave that fatty/creamy residue that some heavy beers seem to. Not my favorite imperial stout, but decent. Also, chill before opening but let breathe a little. Probably best around 15 degrees similar to cellaring temperature.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2015
As the description says, better as it warms up. Straight out of the fridge it’s heavy on the bitterness with no complex aromas or flavors. Let it rest a while and it really opens up. True of many beers, of course, but this one in particular really needs it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cosmo6644 (63) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Huge coffee and roasted malts on the aroma, very big beer lots of hops and malts, just bursting with flavor... Very nice a touch chalky at the end ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (110) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
Fluffy tan head on a near black body. The nose is classic and balanced with coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of spice. This RIS is well balance featuring fresh tasting coffee and chocolate, roasted malt, and touches of crème brule, nutmeg, cinnamon and cream. A slight bitter edge is created by the strength of the coffee and the roasty malt under taste. Excellent Imperial Stout, but lacks a distinguishing characteristic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalervo (811) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Pyryn luona 5/2015. 2012 release. Very enjoyable, thick imperial stout. Fine beer.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dslam (88) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Very dark brown with some beige head. Very light aroma of coffee roast. Very well balanced taste. First sip leads to a steady overtake of all the senses. It’s fairly free flowing for a stout and arrives it’s flavors well. Coats the pallet with a smooth texture and doesn?t have any bad after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (737) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Black with tan head. Surprisingly mild, but perfectly balanced. Mild roast malt, chocolate, and coffee, alcohol is mostly hidden. A great beer, wouldn’t change anything except to maybe boost all of the flavours and alcohol slightly, but in the exact same balance.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oly (55) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Bomber to snifter at cellar temp. Black with quickly fading khaki head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bitter roasted malt with stone fruit. Pleasant enough, but nothing that stands out. The palate disappoints a bit, being thin and overly carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden, though. A decent enough stout, and certainly for the price, but not quite up to Stone’s own lofty standards, and also not up to the standards of what US microbreweries have been doing with RIS offerings of late.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (501) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Smell is faint malt with some faint cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is heavy roast and malt with some mineral note. Medium body, medium carbonation, and some foam.


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