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RATINGS: 2856   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."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
The last 2012 bottle at work. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Great nose, lots of anise and chocolate, there’s some toffee and caramel, and dark fruit. Wow, this tastes awesome. The dark fruit and chocolate come through up front, surprising amount of coffee there too, some caramel, and a hint of vanilla. Full bodied, wonderfully balanced. A real classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2939) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 11 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, resinous hops, light burnt barley, malt, light caramel; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, resinous hops, quite dry finale in resinous hops with presence of roasted barley, full body, average carbonation, quite bitter, harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en fût, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 11 juin 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, houblon résineux, léger orge brûlée, malt, léger caramel; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, houblon résineux, finale très sèche en houblon résineux avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, pas mal amère, texture rugueuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unde (338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Pitch black beer with a fluffy cinnamon coloured head on top. Aroma has lots of roasted malts, salty licorice, herbs and hints of alcohol. Taste is so good! There is salty licorice, roasted coffee, heavy roasted malts and some herbs. Body is thick and oily and there is just enough carbonation to make the oily body a smooth and awesome on the palate. A really good Imperial Stout from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbhenry (120) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
This is a beer of extremes: extremely heavy body (and very high alcohol content), extremely dark, caramelized malt, and very high hoppiness. It is more like taking medicine than drinking a beer. All the elements are very high quality, but it is just too over-the-top to be an enjoyable drinking experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VastActiv (2656) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle 0.665l from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Enjoyed at Nivala. 2014 Release. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavors: Coffee, dark chocolate, some spices and roasted malts.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh... thought I’d done this before... Pours black, thin tan head. Chocolate and coffee on the aroma, same on the taste, but a bit thin, surprisingly thin. Bit disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pilgrim_211 (4) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
My friend Mike hyped this one up so much that I thought it wouldn't live up to all the fuss, but it definitely didn't let me down. It's one of my favorites period. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (1735) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Pours black, lots of chocolate, liquorice, dry roasted malts, coffee. Quite thin and disappointing on keg - 3.5. Bottles gets the 4.3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (244) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2014
Roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar. Balanced finish. Maybe a little to balanced and boring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (457) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Draft at Third Base. Make sure you let this warm up first. Pours deep brown with huge tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is delicious chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1202) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, 2013 version. Black with a one inch dense brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Taste is sweet licorice and milk chocolate in the background with a dark roasted bitterness growing and finish is medium bitter roasted with a sweet milky note. Texture is sticky, medium bodied.

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