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RATINGS: 2851   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."


mrchug645's rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - OCT 20, 2006
One of My number one beers I really like this one Leave this Baby in the freezer for a long time before drinking it and pour it in a snifter. iI would say this is a great winter warmer to You could walk in the blizzard with this.All rise for Stone brewing!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (1440) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (237) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2014
Roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar. Balanced finish. Maybe a little to balanced and boring.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (400) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (677) - - JUL 6, 2014
Had in bottles and on draught over a number of years. Great stout - one of Stone’s best beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1174) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (331) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
This beer is very unique and I really like it. The taste is a real hefty dose of roasted flavors with a bit of the alcohol bite as this ones pushing 11% here. Definitely a beer that the guys over at Stone take pretty seriously. If you’ve actually found this in the store and they aren’t sold out BUY IT! not for the newbie.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeCue (97) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
2012 edition bomber poured into Stone IRS snifter...hehe! Pours a nice almost-back with some copper highlights with a finger-thick head, reducing to a medium patch of foam. Aromas are of liquorice, roasted malts, alcohol, and dried fruits. Taste is medium-sweet, somewhat bitter...honestly my tongue is a bit confused by this one...! Body is, sure enough, rather full, texture is slick/oily, and carbonation pretty low. The brew interestingly has some astringency in the aftertaste, which is also quite (but not overpoweringly) bitter. Overall: amazing. I wish I would’ve bought two and drank one fresh, but I decided to age this one for 2 years. One of the best imperial russian stouts I have ever drank, the other one being Old Rasputin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (293) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Complex tasty stout. Purple-brown short-lived head, almost black color. Anise aroma, very spicy taste for a stout. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (532) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Aroma of licorrice, with a hint of malt and coffee, black colour, with a well laced creamy off-white head that slowly disappears. Taste of coffee, and licorrice, with a bitter finish. Creamy feel.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Great imperial. Dark brown pour with nice tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of liquor. Big flavor - roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Smooth rich mouthfeel.


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