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RATINGS: 2961   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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bomber. Pours an opaque black, almost molasses thick. No real head. Almost no carbo. Aroma so heavy you have to pull it off the top - chocolate, caramel, spice. Oily thick body lays on the tongue carrying sweet coffee, vaguely salty chocolate. I love a complex beer and this mellows nicely to a mixed sweet/bitter aftertaste. Overall a really enjoyable beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fezzy (99) - California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Nose: dark chocolate, bready malt. Appearance: dark as sin, mocha-brown head, lively on pour, thins quickly but retains and leaves lacing. Taste: licorice, burnt toffee, chocolate, wood. Maybe a hint of prune or raisin, but hard to get over the aforementioned overwhelming elements. Palate: oily, thick, but thankfully not syrupy. Overall: flavorful, complex, and strong. Not easy to drink, but enjoyable to experience.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (420) - - APR 17, 2015
Opaque, inky, lace covers continuously the glass. Full body, intense flavor, silky, long palate, perfect balance. Bitter but sweet background and a touch of acidity balances it perfectly. Dried fruit,roast grains flavors. Delicious, substitutes well a liqueur. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (560) - GREECE - APR 14, 2015
650ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige brown head. Aroma is malty, bready, roasted, chocolate, wineous and alcoholic, light coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (354) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bomber poured into a snifter (and then poured again). The Stone Russian Imperial Stout pours black with a thin dark brown head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and wood. The flavor is roasted coffee with rich chocolate and caramel. The beer is thick and smooth with light carbonation up front that develops nicely on the back end. Overall this is a solid brew with great flavor and consistency.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smroush (96) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
Diverse aromas - roasted coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol. Slight light brown head; the beer itself is close to flat out black. Taste includes mild to moderate sweetness and bitterness. Full bodied, fairly oily; average carbonation and a long sweet, roasted, bitter and slightly fruity finish. Overall a nicely diverse and complex stout.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arn8897 (104) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of coffee bittersweet chocolate and spices. Tastes of a lot of the same along with malt sweetness. Medium to thick palate. Very complex flavors. Really nice stout. Very nice lacing in the glass.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigericsports (20) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bomber to pint. Black color, minimal brown head, nice lacing. Anise, bitter chocolate, black currants, caramel, coffee, orange, spice and alcohol. Full body, smooth carbonation, surprisingly bitter finish.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (68) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Aroma: roasty, alcohol, coffee, Appearance: black, clear, minimal brown head, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, roasted malts, smoke Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Excellent take on the style

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
euniceradio (55) - Colton, California, USA - APR 11, 2015
Pours black. Thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and dark malts and sweet caramel. Taste is same with bittersweet dark chocolate coffee and alcohol finish. Pretty damned good and strong.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EyeAmBaldman (363) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2015
Pours black with a thick dark caramel head. Aroma is all smoke. Taste is smoky but full of dark chocolate and charred malt. Nice finish...spicy and smoky on the backend. Good Russian Imperial.


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