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RATINGS: 2967   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."

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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1258) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2015
bottle from market street - Frisco. Pours a pitch black with a medium tan head. the aromas are chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. The mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a heavy body and good carbonation. Excellent brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cjmccahill (30) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2015
2015 bomber to snifter. Pitch black with fluffy tan head that settles quick. Smells of roast, coffee, chocolate. Not as smooth, heavy on palette as expected. Not too sweet, coffee, boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (64) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2015
Spring 2015 Release. Pours a pitch black, midnight color. Fantastic mocha-colored foamy head which settles with some lacing. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes of toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee. Creamy smooth brew that is very easy to drink and the ABV is wonderfully hidden. Stone has produced an excellent Russian Imperial Stout here that I found highly enjoyable and all expectations were met. Overall this is a stout that I would absolutely recommend to all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (386) - - APR 21, 2015
Look: pours dark. Tan brown sugary head. Brown hues on the edge of the glass. Smell: smokey. Chocolate bar. Alcohol. Coffee. Sweet malts. Taste: roasted malts. Light coffee. Chocolate. Feel: medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Overall: nice beer. Very smooth. Just a hint of alcohol burn could use a little age. First drank: home 4/21/15 Vintage: 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1701) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
Roasted malt flavored and some bourbon sweetness to start. Very boozy backbone with some hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes sweet and bourbon flavored with a slight boozy bite. Had out of a bomber at home. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4568) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee, roasted grains, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is a roasted grain and coffee bitterness with a dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with some licorice notes. Full bodied with moderate carbonation that satisfies the palate. Overall, this is quite a tasty imperial stout that is well balanced and deserving of a great tasting experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fezzy (100) - California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Nose: dark chocolate, bready malt. Appearance: dark as sin, mocha-brown head, lively on pour, thins quickly but retains and leaves lacing. Taste: licorice, burnt toffee, chocolate, wood. Maybe a hint of prune or raisin, but hard to get over the aforementioned overwhelming elements. Palate: oily, thick, but thankfully not syrupy. Overall: flavorful, complex, and strong. Not easy to drink, but enjoyable to experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (429) - - APR 17, 2015
Opaque, inky, lace covers continuously the glass. Full body, intense flavor, silky, long palate, perfect balance. Bitter but sweet background and a touch of acidity balances it perfectly. Dried fruit,roast grains flavors. Delicious, substitutes well a liqueur. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (569) - GREECE - APR 14, 2015
650ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige brown head. Aroma is malty, bready, roasted, chocolate, wineous and alcoholic, light coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (358) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bomber poured into a snifter (and then poured again). The Stone Russian Imperial Stout pours black with a thin dark brown head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and wood. The flavor is roasted coffee with rich chocolate and caramel. The beer is thick and smooth with light carbonation up front that develops nicely on the back end. Overall this is a solid brew with great flavor and consistency.

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