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RATINGS: 2885   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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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (340) - York, North Yorkshire, - NOV 2, 2013
Wow, actually got this bomber free, due to a mix up on an online order. Was saving it for tonight, bonfire night in our village. This must be the perfect beer to sit in front of the fire with, after a evening outside. Vanilla, chocolate, marmalade , and loads f sweet booze notes. Didn’t really work with the bar of chocolate I tried it with, it demands your full attention. Buy some, then think about when to drink it, and who to drink it with., it’s special .


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (778) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2014
22 oz bottle pours a dark black color with an off white head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, licorice. Full bodied, great finish a great beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laakus (16) - Nossebro, - SEP 27, 2014
Black color with minimal foam. Nose is plums and roasty malt. Taste is sweet plums, roasted malt, liquorice with a bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1760) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle pour@5e Mondial de la Bičre, Mulhouse - SO. Mission statement of a motor oil and black coffee pour with tan head. Bourbon vanilla, dry wood and soaked raisin aroma with some coffee grounds. Taste changes course into full-fledged liquorice and dry chocolate, retronasal hoppiness. Quite lively mouthfeel, cottony tannins, late tar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (961) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2014
@ Fille. Bottle (650 ml) from Systembolaget (90:-). 2014 vintage. Roasted malty with dried fruits and licorice, hints of coffee, heavy sweet and slight alcoholic, full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and roasted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angel77 (984) - oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2014
Cata en cimmeria el 12-09-2014. botella de 65 cl edición 2014. color negro con espuma oscura poco persistente. Aromas y sabores de maltas tostadas con un cuerpo medio de 10.2 vol y fácil paso por boca. Tal vez se queda un poco ligera y falta de densidad para el estilo que es y el alcohol que lleva. Sabores ligeros especiados y algo anisados al final, ciando casi esta a temperatura ambiente. Así con todo una gran cerveza y la ganadora de la cata por un poco, eso si.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2222) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Have had this many many times and lots of different age levels and glad Im finally sitting still with a bottle so I can rate it. 2012 vintage. Pours a silky black color with two fingers of khaki foam that sticks nicely. Nose is very inviting burnt brownies, vanilla, burnt charred roast. Palate follows with nice balance of sweet with bitter... well constructed with nuances of vanilla, fudge, chocolate cake and earthy tobacco, bitter cocoa bean !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (617) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
22 oz bottle from April, 2013. Pours a motor oil black. Big dark tan head. Big lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate. Flavor of coffee, licorice, chocolate and molasses. Very thick palate. Rich and very smooth. This is a fantastic beer like everything else that Stone does. The only knock I have is that to me it was a bit sweet. I could have used just a bit more bitter in the dark chocolate. Still a great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamTheBarrel (458) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
650ml 2014 years vintage rated 11% ABV, label directly printed on the the brown bottle, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is opaque brownish black with a medium sized light brown head with good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Flavours of dark chocolate, muscovado, black currants, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and coffee. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, thick texture and soft carbonation. Stone Imperial Russian Stout is excellent overall, pleasant to sip and the flavours just get better when it warms up.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (712) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
This is exactly what you want to see in an Imperial Stout. It has a very dark black body that blocks out all light. Floating on top is two fingers of thick tan head. This head has good retention and makes lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is boozy with a strong malt presence with notes of burnt toast, roasted grain, coffee and dark chocolate. This full bodied beer has a big roasted toasted malty character with the mellow warmth of the alcohol reminding you to sip slowly and just enjoy. Foremost on the tongue are the bitter black chocolate, dark roasted grains and burnt coffee notes with some dark caramel and light molasses sweetness underneath. The mellow boozy abv creeps in and warms all the way to the finish. Its palate is heavy and viscose with just enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (939) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
beige head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma smoke, leather and roasted malts. taste is bitter, bit boozy, bit medicinal with an aftertaste of coffee and bitter chocolate. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. decent, paired really well with the choc cake :P bottle / 2014 release


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