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RATINGS: 3121   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."

whaleman's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 Intense aroma of Turkish coffee , bitter roasted chocolate, and grassy hops. Unlike many stouts this actually smells like BEER (due to the hop fragrance). Dense tan head, and body the color of a black hole. Ultra-intense flavor of dark, bitter chocolate with a blast of hops. Ethanol-kick in the finish. Richest of the rich with many intense elements yet smooth as silk. This beautiful beast will sneak up on you. Re-rate, 2004 vintage: Roastier than I remembered. Dominates other elements. Rating mostly the same except I dropped one point overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndreasP (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
Elegantly composed beer at this high ABV. Very soft mouthfeel. Coffee, vanilla (just a hint), chocolate, and some warm feeling from the alcohol. Enjoy, but be careful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (11652) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roatsed malt, coffee, spice, dried fruit, alcohol, vanilla and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeliriumT (491) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2016
Pours inky black. Delicious roasty notes in the aroma. Thick molasses in the flavour. Warming... Thick... Robust... Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sudz4Dayz (28) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
750ml 2015 Release bottle purchased at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT. Pours black with a brownish hue, quickly dissipating mocha head, evident carbonation bubbles all along the inside of the glass. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, dark fruits and copious amounts of alcohol (not in a good way). Tastes ok, heavy roasted cocoa and slight coffee taste. Dark fruits and A lot of alcohol coming through, meh. Medium to watery mouthfeel. Given its overall rating, kind of disappointing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 18, 2016
TAP @ #1 Bevog Beerfestival Austria. I’m trying this beer on a recommendation that has never led me wrong once again proving to be a good source. A strong aroma, a tan colour with a taste tgat bursts with flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UjoKlobasa (628) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle. Dark chestnut, almost black color, tan head. Dominant aroma is coffee. Tin of chocolate. Heavy sweet, oily texture, alcohol is not hidden. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (793) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2016
Some gingerbread on the nose. Bitter chocolate black liqourice imp stout. Dried black fruits, cinnamon and medicinal bitterness. It’s not a sweet stout and it’s a massive beer. Pretty cool, must try. Bitter at the end. Not as bitter overall as I expected, some honey seeetness to it. Complex, well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdolfoCC (168) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - SEP 12, 2016
Vintage 2016, servida en un Spiegelau tulip. APARIENCIA: de color completamente negro, no pasa la luz a través de ella, corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas al centro. AROMA: licorosa, notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo que destacan, café tostado, umami, cuero, vainilla, frutos oscuros como cerezas negras. SABOR: de inicio amargo y ligeramente dulce, seguido de notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo que es lo que predomina, café tostado, cerezas negras, umami pero en mucha menor medida que en aroma, cuero, vainilla. El retrogusto un amargor medio como si fuera un café americano, con persistencia de los sabores tostados y algunas notas a chocolate. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio alto con buena sensación sedosa en boca, baja carbonatación. El alcohol bien escondido, sólo se siente en garganta al pasar el líquido de forma cálida. RESUMEN: Una sólida RIS

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2016
It’s not perfect, but at nearly 11% alcohol, who cares?! It’s a damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2169) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2016 Many thanks for sharing, Cristobal37! Almost black colour, minimal beige head; aroma of chocolate, anise, herbal notes, some tobacco and roasted nuts; taste is surprisingly sweet like honeybread (thanks for the synonime, Chris) with anise herbal liqueur and chocolate; just simply amazing!

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