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RATINGS: 2878   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."

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Oh my. This is a superb beer. My brother was so excited about this beer that he called me after his first taste. I opened mine a few minutes later to discover an excellent beer. It has a nice yeasty, fruity aroma. It poured black and syrupy with a nice beige head. It takes the first couple of sips to get adjusted to the beer (high alcohol), but afterwards it is not even an issue. Very complex, remniscient of a dogfish head worldwide stout. Fruity, chocolatey, coffee flavors (chocolate covered raisins?). Slight tartness is noticeable. Wonderful aftertaste. Very full bodied. Problably my second favorite imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamTheBarrel (445) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
650ml 2014 years vintage rated 11% ABV, label directly printed on the the brown bottle, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is opaque brownish black with a medium sized light brown head with good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Flavours of dark chocolate, muscovado, black currants, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and coffee. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, thick texture and soft carbonation. Stone Imperial Russian Stout is excellent overall, pleasant to sip and the flavours just get better when it warms up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
This is exactly what you want to see in an Imperial Stout. It has a very dark black body that blocks out all light. Floating on top is two fingers of thick tan head. This head has good retention and makes lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is boozy with a strong malt presence with notes of burnt toast, roasted grain, coffee and dark chocolate. This full bodied beer has a big roasted toasted malty character with the mellow warmth of the alcohol reminding you to sip slowly and just enjoy. Foremost on the tongue are the bitter black chocolate, dark roasted grains and burnt coffee notes with some dark caramel and light molasses sweetness underneath. The mellow boozy abv creeps in and warms all the way to the finish. Its palate is heavy and viscose with just enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (917) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
beige head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma smoke, leather and roasted malts. taste is bitter, bit boozy, bit medicinal with an aftertaste of coffee and bitter chocolate. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. decent, paired really well with the choc cake :P bottle / 2014 release

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (7382) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit ordentlicher bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kakao, Kaffee. Geschmack nach reifen Früchten, viel Röstmalz, Toffee, Schokolade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaghana (3888) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Mondial de la bière. A dark beer with low off white head. Nose is on biscuit and chocolate. Aroma is on burnt caramel, intense roasted notesn red fruit touch, biscuit, medium creamy. Long roasted aftertatse, vinous touch at the finish, bit disappointed about the complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shot (141) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2014
From a bottle. Pours black with a brown head that dissipates to a thin layer. Aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, anise, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavors are chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, raisin, plum and anise. Finishes with dark chocolate, nuts and burnt toast. Significant booziness. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a big beer loaded with lots of flavor profiles. Very complex. Nothing short of fabulous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marstonlad (418) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. A pitch black color with a big, dense brownish head. The aroma is impressive: it offers abundant dark maltiness with a hint of balancing hoppiness. Nuances include at least licorice, anise, rye pudding, dark chocolate and coffee – fairly malt-driven. Taste is very roasty with hop bitterness rising toward finish. Initially also some sweetness but roasted malts dominate. Prominent dark malt flavours are strong; they are accompanied by vanilla and some resinous hop notes. It does not get much richer than this. The palate is wonderfully rich, full and smooth. The balance is excellent despite the variety and strength of the taste. Simply excellent, from start to finish that takes delightfully long in coming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oliviasdada (2) - USA - SEP 3, 2014 does not count
Very dark, khaki head. Hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice Pours smooth and leaves a little lace. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3809) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham. Inky, silky, jet black. First sip was when the beer was too cool. That were bad thing to do. So I warm glass, by using hand what warm. Then when warm it, beer tasty much better. Delicious it were. In fact.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (177) - - AUG 25, 2014
Stone is a great brewery! But all I’ve had from them is crazy hop explosions! This... Is kind of the same.... But different.... Stouty bitter beery intensity! Stone lives up to the gargoyle!

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