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RATINGS: 3094   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."


weissblau's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
weissblau (19) - - DEC 10, 2012
Draft. Pours extremely dark with a gorgeous brown head. Wonderful aroma - rich and chocolatey with a hint of anise. Flavor is very sweet and reprises the aroma - chocolate and anise. Sweetness starts to be cloying after a while.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (370) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2016
Pours pitch black, small head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, dark malt. Taste is similar, very smooth and drinkable. ABV well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (677) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 26, 2016
2015 Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly fading light brown bubbly to foamy head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, biscuit, dark fruits. Taste is of dark chocolate, coffee, loads of roasted and bitter notes, nuts and dark fruits on the finish. Dense, sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (433) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
Ganz große amerikanische Braukunst. Komplex und doch easy to drink. Alle klassischen Imperial Stout Einflüsse vorhanden, Schoko, Röst, Vanille treffen auf tolle Hopfenbittere. Nur die etwas besondere Note fehlt ein wenig. 0,3/6-7€ vom Hahn in der STONE BREWERY BERLIN.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Pitch black color. Chocolate bar, chocolate cake, roasted malt, raisins, soy aromas. Chocolate tasting, raisins, roasted taste. Sweet, but very balanced. Medium bitter finish, dry and roasted. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PintjeFritz (120) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2016
Nice bottle!!!! A black beer with a very nice brown short head, good balance, malty but not too much, dark chocolate, alcohol, full body but not too massy, long finish, (I have 0.65l bottle with bottled on 03/23/16)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle from Safeway in Burlingame, CA. Aroma is licorice, coffee, burnt black fruit. Taste is sweet and smoky coffee and dark chocolate with fruits. Gets a bit ashy in there which I like. A thickety-thick boy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4020) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2016
Bomber. 2016 release. Wine Rack, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield. Not far off black. Ring of lasting, light brown head. Nose has dark, woody roast malts. Liquorice root. Coffee grinds. Some treacle. Some bitter chocolate. Hint of vanilla. Taste has lip coating, treacle sweetness, and plenty of roasted malt, woody, liquorice bitterness. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Bit too much fizz. Very drinkable, mind. Touch of dryness near the end, with a lingering, woody bitterness. Nice one. Needs a year or two under it’s belt, I reckon.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3028) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2016
650 ml bottle. 2016 vintage. Pours black with moderate tan head of big bubbles. Aromas of chocolate cake icing, rich cafe au lait, sweet vanilla, and creamy roasted malts with notes of peppery alcohol. Flavors of licorice, dark brownies, dry roasted malts, and more peppery alcohol. Dry and a bit alcoholic but super stuff. Worth cellaring if I could find a case!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M15ter (34) - - JUN 9, 2016
Black, opaque, minimal tan head. Chocolate, chalk, vanilla, buttery aromas. Sweet and slightly bitter. Chocolate, licorice, wood, pepper flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyldeturkey101 (29) - - JUN 7, 2016
I’m trying this beer on a recommendation that has never led me wrong once again proving to be a good source. A strong aroma, a tan colour with a taste tgat bursts with flavour.


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