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RATINGS: 3059   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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."


JLAudio's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 This is one of the easiest imperials to drink. It never fails to have the perfect carbonation, velvety mouthfeel, and complex roasted malts. Chocolate, cafe au lait, nuts, and licorice dominate the flavor. I’m in love with Stone’s yeast and hop profiles...all around. Great imperial.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2451) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, caramel/vanilla, dark fruit (notably prunes), and dark chocolate; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LLaurin (158) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2016
A nice appearance with black and dark tanned head. Coffee and cocoa bean on the taste and also on palate. Dry taste although with alcoholic sweetness but not taking over hand. Finish is mighty and longlasting

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjoo (19) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle. Aroma thin but complex. Taste very robust and balanced, with perfect mouthfeel.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madchemist83 (220) - USA - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle. Almost 3 years old. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses. A bit of alcohol as well. Pours dark brown with small head that quickly dissapears. Very smooth, taste of coffee and roasted malts. Finish is on the dry side with a perfect balance. Age it and you’ll see the difference.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (455) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2016
Poured into a taster showing pitch black center with coffee brown rims with no head. The nose shows roasted malts and ground coffee. The palate is well carbonated and medium bodied. Flavors of light roasted malts and a light sweetness throughout. Light bourbon notes and a bourbon-like, vanilla finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Very enjoyable and drinkable. Well balanced between roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Very balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nerdboy19 (129) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 10, 2016
It’s not surprising, but very decent, well-made imperial stout. Full of black malt’s character.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hiledd (40) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Chocolate and coffee aroma, dark brown color, toffee and caramel and coffee flavors, alcoholic feel at start with bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours black with a medium sized tan head that is thick and well retained. The lacing on the glass is very nice.

The aroma is sweet, chocolaty, rich and has a nice roasty malt character to it. This one is a 2015 bottle, so not quite a year old yet, but it still shows some signs of leafy and fruity hops on the bouquet. It’s defiantly got some dark fruit on the nose and a little bit of alcohol.

The flavor is a serious interplay of big roastiness (and the bitterness that comes along with that), some leafy hops, a sweet chocolate character, some molasses and a mild but warming alcohol character. Honestly the bitter on sweet balance is a lot more apparent in the flavor of this beer, I expected it to be much sweeter from the aroma.

The palate is big and viscous, not overly heavy, but yes mouth coating for a second.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2410) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
Flaska (årgång 2015). Svart öl med ett litet moccafärgat skum. Dofter av kaffe, lakrits och alkohol. Smakinslag av kaffe, torkad frukt, lakrits och alkohol. Spritig avslutning. Oljig munkänsla. Medelstor kropp. Tänker att med några års lagring så blir det riktigt bra.


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