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RATINGS: 2780   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Pours dark black, with a small light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of coffee and some dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. The Feeling is smooth and leaves you with a bitter sweet aftertaste. Great Imperial Stout.


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 (227) - 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 (209) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (701) - - APR 14, 2014
Black pour, small head. A tad under-carbonated maybe. Big aroma and flavour, roast, dark chocolate. Rich, full body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michbeerlover (136) - - APR 12, 2014
2014 release. Awesome looking RIS. Black with a 2 finger tan head. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks like a real quality brew. However, the aroma and taste are kind of meh. Not getting much aroma and flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is full, chocolate milk thick. Alcohol is well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Chocolate, a little coffee, roasted grain, resin, and a hint of licorice treat by sense of smell, and this ale only gets better after sniffing it. It is as dark brown as it can be without being black, and the tan head settles into a ring in my snifter while leaving ’come hither’ lacing. Initial light sweetness in the taste yields quickly to medium-heavy bitterness and umami. Its body is medium-full with an oily and sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish. While it may not be the best RIS of which I’ve had the pleasure, it may be the best balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2014
22 oz bottles. It pours a very dark black with a small quickly vanishing dark tan head. It has the aromas of chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruit, caramel and coffee. It has a wonderfully complex taste of dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, resin, alcohol and a little smoke. It has a strong warming characteristic. This beer is wonderful, I hope to drink it again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (213) - Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottled 3/06/2014 Aroma: Roasted malts, Dark Chocolate. Appearance: Dark black, high lacing, dark brown head Taste: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee, hints of wood Overall: Great beer, really liked the balance of dark fruits, malts, and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (553) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2014
2013 bottle @ home, 5/4-14.
App: Oily black with a nice thick and creamy mocka brown head that lace.
Aroma: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, sweet licorice, leather and bitter herbs. Some fruity hints too.
Taste: Sweet and roasted with sweet licorice, coffee and cocolate, but also a nice caramel softness with a pinch of grapefruit. Ends herby/burnt bitter with a rather thick leathery saltiness that gets a bit cloying when it warms up.
Palate: Big, soft mouthfeel with soft and slight mushy carbonation and oily texture.
Overall: A very good stout with a nice caramel softness to it. The saltiness disturbs me a bit though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJ_Pain (30) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Nice! First experience with this beauty. Grabbed this in an unsuccessful hunt for some KBS. Glad I did. Amazing stout. Gonna buy a couple more and age em.


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