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RATINGS: 2787   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

4.3
   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lukedarock (107) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
This beer looks and smells absolutely awesome im excited to try this beer! What a bold stout definitely get why I was told to try, its a great brew

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (889) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
2014. Listed 11% ABV. Pours an inky jet black with a thick mocha brown head that settles to a ring and leaves plenty of spotty lace. Nose involves deep roasted notes, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel, nuts, hints of bramble fruit, mace, spearmint, chocolate brownies with ice cream, and so on. Quite sweet, also quite bitter, very balanced. Heavier bodied, very oily, viscous, softer carb, some prickliness, with a long coating, warming, and bittersweet finish. Excellent brew at a mere two months old, tons going on, all of it intermingles and works well. Classic yet exuberant.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scampycampy (29) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pours dark with light carbonation and tan head that dissapates quickly. light, slightly alcohol smoky that finishes dry and a qick nutty taste that evaporates instantly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is coffee, raisins, chocolate, dates, vanilla, hint of smoke. Medium-full bodied, roasty on the palate with a good balance of bitter and malty. Taste is liquorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
retniw18 (1) - - APR 18, 2014 does not count
This is such an incredible beer! So dark and beautiful. Perfect feel. Everything else was so perfect that the taste, which was really good, was almost a disappointment.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nehpets (23) - - APR 17, 2014
Stones always seems to be slightly bitter to me. This is one that finally seems balanced with the dark flavors of roasted smoked malt

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (402) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, burned wood, smoke, alchool, bacon. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, smoked, dark fruits, light alchool.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bomber into a glass. Black, dark. dank, hoppy. Pleasant, thick bodied, full stature. solid. Smooth drinking imperial, but abv bounces up in a bit. Not harsh on the pallate Great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (229) - Poway, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
Super nice chocolate and spice aroma. Pours deep black with a brown head. Good coffee and alcohol flavors, feels very dense and fizzy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (213) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Light cream colored head with little carbonation. Rich coffee flavor with a hint of booze. Super smooth drinking with hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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