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RATINGS: 2924   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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."


Frydaddy's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frydaddy (20) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2013
(2007) Bottle. Being a six year old bottle it still held carbonation well. The hops were very subdued and it tasted close to an aged Barley wine. Some oxidation was present but over all a great tasting beer. I’d say if you have one that might be older than this 2007, I’d drink it. I think it’s peaked (more so last year) and is starting to take a turn for the worst. Stone did well in preserving this beer and I look forward to tasting more aged beers in the future.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (196) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 27, 2014
2014 release. Bomber into pint glass. Opaque, bordering on black. Chocolate, popcorn(?! maybe that’s the anise, but toasted?), dark roast coffee, a bit of dark topsoil. Thick and heavy in the mouth, rich malt, coffee and cocoa. Oily lingering finish, just enough bitterness to celanse the pallete and leave a lingering dark chocolate sense. A fantastic stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (1487) - Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark black and oily with a small, dark mocha-colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, roast, light soy sauce. Taste is roasted, chocolate, coffee, strong liquorice, light soy sauce. Dark maltiness, some fruity hoppiness. Full, fairly strong carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sun2u (3) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Nice dark smooth Stout. Has a very nice aftertaste. Good Texter over the tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leini (925) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2014
650ml bottle. Pitch black body with a low tan head. Roasted notes, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee and burnt sugar. Finishes a bit dry.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog Clapham Junction, Battersea. Pours black, thin tan. Aroma of coffee, molasses, aniseed, leather and dark malt. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Burnt malt flavours, with treacle, espresso and spice. Finish is ash, tar, burnt sugar, burnt coffee beans and port. Smashing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2340) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bittercreek Alehouse Dark Days 2014 pouring this 2011 vintage. Not much can be added here, a truly superlative beer. Dark with a tinge of ruby, smooth and velvety, plenty of gentle warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1905) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Tap, Craft Beer Market, Calgary, AB, Canada. Jet black, thick dark beige head. Spruce resin and prune aroma. Great texture, some chocolate then a mint hop hit with a long dark chocolate and resin finish. Great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (173) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
Flaska från SB. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Kraftig tung doft av choklad, kaffe, bränt socker och portvin. Smak av choklad och kaffe med mjölk. Lite lätt i smaken jämfört med doften.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
e303 (122) - - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle to beer tulip. Dark black pour with decent, non lasting head. The aroma on this is dark. Dark roast, dark fruits, dark malt, dark chocolate, just dark everything. The taste is similar with an okay profile. Mostly roasty and dark. The finish is thick and oily. Not my favorite RIS but a good example. 2014 release. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidtjm (577) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
Tap. Pour is black, aroma is caramel, toffee, alcohol. Taste is roast malts toffee, alcohol, sweetness, finish is sweet toffee, full-bodied, carbonation is soft. Good stuff, you would never guess the 11%


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