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RATINGS: 3078   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2003
Limited Late Spring 2002 Release. Pours very thick into the pint glass. I could hardly hear a splash. The color is black with a huge brown/beige head that slowly reduces to a half inch and holds there leaving a nice dark lace all the way down. There is a fine carbonation. I caught myself repeatedly tilting the glass and quicly tilting it back upright to watch the fine bubbles try and catch up to the head. The smell is pleasant and complex. I notice hints of currant, raisin, black cherry, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee to name a few. There is a fine balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness along with the complex flavor. The taste seems familiar but difficult for me to describe and yes, exceptional. I wonder if all of the ingredients I used to describe the odor were put in a blender and mixed thoroughly, if this would be the resulting flavor. I guess I'd also have to mention the nougat like odors as well, but I'll never know because I will save some time and go buy another bottle or two. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy thick with a nice tingle from the carbonation. The 22 oz. bottle left me definately looking forward to my next opportunity to grab another. Bogartski may be an understatement commissar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2421) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
Tap @ Beer Temple, sample size. I believe I had this only once before, early zeroes. Color is as good as black. Beige to brown uneven head, thin layere retention, good lacing. Aroma’s: roasted, light umami. Retronasal it’s roasted, red fruit, some caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Flavor is moedrate sweet, roasted (light sour), moderate bitter. Rather strong alcohol feel. Medium bodied. Finish is long, roasty, malty, moderate bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ramboraffe (1669) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2016
650 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Thick oily black with tanned head. Loads of coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium to low carbonation. Solid Imperial stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (998) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 17, 2016
Tasting at Beer station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown black with a thin head. Aroma of roast malt, black treacle. Intense bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (328) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pours inky black with half-finger of brown foam, almost as viscous as Ten Fidy. Promising start! Aroma is surprisingly mellow - just mild toasted malt and a faint nutty-sweet. Taste is amazing, beginning with a blast of roast, semisweet in the middle, never harsh or over-bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, much lighter than expected. Finishes a slight bitter begging for another sip. This stuff has danger written all over it. 2nd favorite by only a slight margin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1436) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
On tap at Beertemple, Amsterdam. Nose is roasty. Body is pitch black, head is small, brownish, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Medium sweet, heavy roasty bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty heavy bitter. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Not that heavy, tasty, great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (3626) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Black pour. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, sweet coffee and bitters. Taste of sweet malt, coffee, milk chocolate, licorice and a soft finish. Allright, but expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (3755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Draft. Lots of deep tobacco in the nose. Earthy. Dirt. Faint molasses. Taste followed with hints of coffee. Fucken grate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
polo_marco (189) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2016
Coffee chocolate roasted malts and hint of booze. Silky rich dark black color. Super chocolatey some coffee and roasted malts with a hint of boozeiness on the backend. Creamy and smooth Full body stout with nice carbonation. Over all this is a big brew with tons of flavor but the boozeiness is a bit off putting. Not to shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1197) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
0.15 l on tap at ’Beertemple’. Pitch black with a frothy, tan head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, some hazelnut and hints of licorice. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, hazelnut and a bit of vanilla, followed by a short, roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very tasty and round, no alcohol detectable at all, but lacks complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (619) - SINGAPORE - APR 10, 2016
2013 Classic Release. 10.6%ABV.  Russian Imperial Stout. Poured out black.  40şSRM. Nose is sweet with the syrupy cloy of stewed dark fruit and prunes. Dark chocolate and some coffee.  There is a spicy sweetness to it that is reminiscent of Japanese curry which tends to be sweet.  There is also a sweet medicinal aspect to the nose which is described locally as the palate of Chinese cooling tea, or by the western palate as licorice. Mouthfeel is soapy and almost syrupy.  Palate is aggressively alcoholic.  There are roasted malt and dark malt flavors of black bread, with an nice oat-y base.   Coffee with espresso at the back of the palate, likely a function of the alcohol.  Hard to tell if there are hops, which may be bitter because of the deeply roasted malt flavors or the alcohol.  Finish is dry and there is no ume but instead some nice sweet prune, dates and plums in the palate on the finish.   Overall, a very full bodied brew that showcases the style so very very very well. As the brew warms you start to appreciate more of the abundant grain bill with dark malts, roasted malt and oats which are somewhat left over that the yeast in the bottle didn’t convert to alcohol. Goes on Favorites List!

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