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RATINGS: 2783   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrJekyllMrEric (8) - San Antonio Pero Aqui, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Every time I see this beer I purchase at least one bottle, something in my mind tells me it was good the last time i had it. As I begin to drink it I reconsider my decision, the tastes come on harsh and finish rough...but thereís a clean aftertaste that forces one more drink. Once your through half a bottle the 10.6 apv loosens you up and letís you enjoy the full flavor of the beer. What was once harsh and rough is now flavorful and smooth. If youíre lucky enough to have bought two bottles you may not make it through the second especially if youíve warmed up with other imperials. More often than not iíll wake up with half a bottle in the freezer the next morning. Great beer that deserves respect, not as flashy a name as arrogant bastard but much better tasting for those with a palate for stouts.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
retniw18 (1) - - APR 18, 2014 does not count
This is such an incredible beer! So dark and beautiful. Perfect feel. Everything else was so perfect that the taste, which was really good, was almost a disappointment.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nehpets (20) - - APR 17, 2014
Stones always seems to be slightly bitter to me. This is one that finally seems balanced with the dark flavors of roasted smoked malt

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (401) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, burned wood, smoke, alchool, bacon. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, smoked, dark fruits, light alchool.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bomber into a glass. Black, dark. dank, hoppy. Pleasant, thick bodied, full stature. solid. Smooth drinking imperial, but abv bounces up in a bit. Not harsh on the pallate Great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (227) - Poway, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
Super nice chocolate and spice aroma. Pours deep black with a brown head. Good coffee and alcohol flavors, feels very dense and fizzy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (209) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Light cream colored head with little carbonation. Rich coffee flavor with a hint of booze. Super smooth drinking with hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (701) - - APR 14, 2014
Black pour, small head. A tad under-carbonated maybe. Big aroma and flavour, roast, dark chocolate. Rich, full body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michbeerlover (136) - - APR 12, 2014
2014 release. Awesome looking RIS. Black with a 2 finger tan head. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks like a real quality brew. However, the aroma and taste are kind of meh. Not getting much aroma and flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is full, chocolate milk thick. Alcohol is well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Chocolate, a little coffee, roasted grain, resin, and a hint of licorice treat by sense of smell, and this ale only gets better after sniffing it. It is as dark brown as it can be without being black, and the tan head settles into a ring in my snifter while leaving ícome hitherí lacing. Initial light sweetness in the taste yields quickly to medium-heavy bitterness and umami. Its body is medium-full with an oily and sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish. While it may not be the best RIS of which Iíve had the pleasure, it may be the best balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2014
22 oz bottles. It pours a very dark black with a small quickly vanishing dark tan head. It has the aromas of chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruit, caramel and coffee. It has a wonderfully complex taste of dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, resin, alcohol and a little smoke. It has a strong warming characteristic. This beer is wonderful, I hope to drink it again.


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