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RATINGS: 3080   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."


Schmidty2's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Schmidty2 (1) - irvine, California, USA - OCT 16, 2013
One of my favorite dark beers. Very smooth taste and goes great for a easy going night


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham_murphy (544) - - MAY 2, 2016
Solid and unpretentious imperial stout. Black and a little thin in head and body. Medium bitterness - not bad for a stout - and plenty of sugary fruit, chocolate leaving a sweet aftertaste. Potent.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (639) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.

Overall:
A balanced imperial stout which is not really sweet, nor really bitter. Balance is key however and it is excellently crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2423) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
Tap @ Beer Temple, sample size. I believe I had this only once before, early zeroes. Color is as good as black. Beige to brown uneven head, thin layere retention, good lacing. Aroma’s: roasted, light umami. Retronasal it’s roasted, red fruit, some caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Flavor is moedrate sweet, roasted (light sour), moderate bitter. Rather strong alcohol feel. Medium bodied. Finish is long, roasty, malty, moderate bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ramboraffe (1681) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2016
650 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Thick oily black with tanned head. Loads of coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium to low carbonation. Solid Imperial stout!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1006) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 17, 2016
Tasting at Beer station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown black with a thin head. Aroma of roast malt, black treacle. Intense bitter sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (336) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pours inky black with half-finger of brown foam, almost as viscous as Ten Fidy. Promising start! Aroma is surprisingly mellow - just mild toasted malt and a faint nutty-sweet. Taste is amazing, beginning with a blast of roast, semisweet in the middle, never harsh or over-bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, much lighter than expected. Finishes a slight bitter begging for another sip. This stuff has danger written all over it. 2nd favorite by only a slight margin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1447) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
On tap at Beertemple, Amsterdam. Nose is roasty. Body is pitch black, head is small, brownish, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Medium sweet, heavy roasty bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty heavy bitter. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Not that heavy, tasty, great one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (3632) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Black pour. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, sweet coffee and bitters. Taste of sweet malt, coffee, milk chocolate, licorice and a soft finish. Allright, but expected more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (3771) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Draft. Lots of deep tobacco in the nose. Earthy. Dirt. Faint molasses. Taste followed with hints of coffee. Fucken grate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
polo_marco (201) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2016
Coffee chocolate roasted malts and hint of booze. Silky rich dark black color. Super chocolatey some coffee and roasted malts with a hint of boozeiness on the backend. Creamy and smooth Full body stout with nice carbonation. Over all this is a big brew with tons of flavor but the boozeiness is a bit off putting. Not to shabby.


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