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RATINGS: 3131   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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."

Doctormirk's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAY 6, 2007
Beer 100! Yeah! Flavor is of dark chocolate truffles coffee and a bit of raspberry. This rating is from memory, I lost my notes... But I’ll be back to re-rate when I open my second bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (190) - - OCT 22, 2016
Stone is known for their hop charged selections but, in turn they make one helluva stout. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. On the look there is a 3 finger head of light brown head that is pillowy with a dense bubble formation supported on an ominous pitch black decandant liquid. The aroma is dark fruit (plum, figand prine) , French roast coffee, some black licorice (anise) with dark chocolate. On the palate there is a sinful dance of rich dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, plum and fig with a subtle earthy hop at the end. Chewy full-bodied with light carbonation. Hides the 10.8% ABV very well. Smooth and bold making it one of the best in its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (4064) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2016
Bomber at home. Deepblack with short lasting brown head. Quite some coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, dried cranberries, oats, hazelnuts. Lots of bitter roasted notes and coffee, balanced by sweet toffee notes and some sugar, with a touch of sourness from berries and ash. Almost full bodied with soft carbonation and light alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lonick (1512) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle @home (Euro-vision 2016 tasting.) Pours black, jet black, tan head. Nos is big coffee, chocolate, milk chocolate, slight liquorice. Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate, it hides the 10.5% really well. I could have just written wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (873) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Pours black with a cocoa head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, molasses, stewed prunes and tobacco. A strong stewed prunes flavour with tobacco, coffee and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (912) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
On tap at Elizabeth Station on Stone 20th Anniversary event. Pours an opaque almost black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, some leather and caramel notes. Taste is very sweet and complex with dark fruits, molasses and some leather notes. Perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evilkniamhel (577) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2016
Bomber bottle from appellation wines comely bank. Pours thick, syrupy pitch black. Actually feels heavy. Nose of molasses, raisins, spices, dark chocolate, berries. Taste is massive, full on flavour, really lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
donandres (372) - , Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2016
22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass Sight: Black, big brown foam that dissipates slowly Smell: pleasant, hint of toasted grains, nuts, coffee Taste: very good, low bitterness Feel: long finish, lively carbonation, creamy, some alcohol, good follow through and lingering aftertaste Overall:excellent beer, repeat: yes, look for: yes Drank: 9/27/2016 9:00 PM

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (8696) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2016
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - (2015 version) black pour with tan head. Roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste with cocoa, caramel, nice hoppy backing, lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
limbonicartbeer (39) - - SEP 29, 2016
Cerveza color negro obscuro. Consistencia semi espesa. Con corona de burbujas compacta. Aromas a tostado, café y ligero a chocolate. Con sabor al inicio predomina el sabor a maltas tostadas y al final se perciben notas dulces, ahumadas y café. Una excelente cerveza altamente recomendada para todo fanatico del estilo stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8883) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2016
Draught at Taphouse. High creamy lasting off-white head. Pitch black body. Pleasant mixed aroma of roasted malt coffee liquorice. As the hops level is kept on a moderate level the flavor felt both intense, smooth and pleasant at the same time. The beer I had was a 2013 version so that is probably also part of the explanation. Roasted malt, coffe, cocoa liquorice and hops, little hops, low carbonation, long finish. Maybe not something new but on the other hand excellent brewing.

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