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RATINGS: 3118   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."


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maugus4ever (123) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours a thick dark black with a dark tan head. Served it at 55 degrees after reading the serving recommendation on the bottle. Complex aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor was roasty and much like the aroma. There was a nice hop spice that complimented the roastiness and the alcohol well. This is an intense beer that is definitely worth trying.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sudz4Dayz (21) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
750ml 2015 Release bottle purchased at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT. Pours black with a brownish hue, quickly dissipating mocha head, evident carbonation bubbles all along the inside of the glass. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, dark fruits and copious amounts of alcohol (not in a good way). Tastes ok, heavy roasted cocoa and slight coffee taste. Dark fruits and A lot of alcohol coming through, meh. Medium to watery mouthfeel. Given its overall rating, kind of disappointing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 18, 2016
TAP @ #1 Bevog Beerfestival Austria. I’m trying this beer on a recommendation that has never led me wrong once again proving to be a good source. A strong aroma, a tan colour with a taste tgat bursts with flavour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UjoKlobasa (606) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle. Dark chestnut, almost black color, tan head. Dominant aroma is coffee. Tin of chocolate. Heavy sweet, oily texture, alcohol is not hidden. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (792) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2016
Some gingerbread on the nose. Bitter chocolate black liqourice imp stout. Dried black fruits, cinnamon and medicinal bitterness. It’s not a sweet stout and it’s a massive beer. Pretty cool, must try. Bitter at the end. Not as bitter overall as I expected, some honey seeetness to it. Complex, well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdolfoCC (168) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - SEP 12, 2016
Vintage 2016, servida en un Spiegelau tulip. APARIENCIA: de color completamente negro, no pasa la luz a través de ella, corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas al centro. AROMA: licorosa, notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo que destacan, café tostado, umami, cuero, vainilla, frutos oscuros como cerezas negras. SABOR: de inicio amargo y ligeramente dulce, seguido de notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo que es lo que predomina, café tostado, cerezas negras, umami pero en mucha menor medida que en aroma, cuero, vainilla. El retrogusto un amargor medio como si fuera un café americano, con persistencia de los sabores tostados y algunas notas a chocolate. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio alto con buena sensación sedosa en boca, baja carbonatación. El alcohol bien escondido, sólo se siente en garganta al pasar el líquido de forma cálida. RESUMEN: Una sólida RIS

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2524) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2016
It’s not perfect, but at nearly 11% alcohol, who cares?! It’s a damn good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2166) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2016 Many thanks for sharing, Cristobal37! Almost black colour, minimal beige head; aroma of chocolate, anise, herbal notes, some tobacco and roasted nuts; taste is surprisingly sweet like honeybread (thanks for the synonime, Chris) with anise herbal liqueur and chocolate; just simply amazing!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (548) - ITALY - SEP 10, 2016
Release 2016, 10,8% ABV, imbottigliata il 23 agosto 2016, aperta il 10 settembre 2016. Nera con riflessi caramello, schiuma nocciola di media persistenza. Aroma prevalente di caffè, cacao amaro, liquirizia, anice e note di ribes nero. Al palato attacca sempre con caffè amaro, caramello, poi in successione liquirizia, cacao amaro, ancora caffè amaro ed infine zucchero bruciato. Man mano che si scalda il cacao si fa sempre più presente sia nell’aroma che al palato. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1178) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 0.66l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Black body, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco coffee, anis, plums and floral hops. Taste of chocolate, caramel, grapes, grapefruit, cloves, honey and floral hops. Very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4519) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2016
One of the great classics in the American craft beer revolution, finally got my hands on a bomber, from the 2016 edition at 10.8% ABV (so not the 10.5% mentioned here and with slightly different label). Thick and very regular, lightly lacing, deep tan coloured, creamy head resting on top of an ink black beer only revealing its burgundy hue on the edges and under bright light. Strong and classic ’impy’ aroma of espresso beans, bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, undisturbing ’haemoglobin’ iron as in many Stone beers, burnt cane sugar, black tea, leather, unsmoked pipe tobacco, parsley, ’Haagse hopjes’, moldy walnuts, toasted brown bread, gin, nutmeg, toffee, cocoa nibs even though they aren’t physically there, dried plums, black peppercorns and some faint varnish-like solvents, but only in the very end and embedded into the whole so not bothering me at all. Lovely start: some restrained candied, raisin-like sweetness opens with a thin umami coating and a sourish undercurrent of roasted barley, burnt sugar-like sensations, immediately coating the mouth cavity and with the perfect softish amount of carbonation, prickling just a little bit here and there. Dried fruits and caramelized sugar are effortlessly carried onwards by a wave of smooth, thick, creamy maltiness, deeply and pleasantly nutty at first with toffeeish edges, deeply toasted and gaining more and more fondant- and black coffee-like roasted bitterness towards the end, where it gets the company of peppery hops adding a layer of spicy, long-lasting bitterness to the powerful roasted flavour, followed by a glow of warming, gin- and somewhat whisky-like alcohol. Caramelly malt sweetness lingers along with the roasted bitterness and the hops. Clean, to the point, rich and potent: this is an exemplary imperial stout. More experimental elaborations of the style may have surpassed it meanwhile, this is still very classic, almost ’English’, in its general make-up, but beers like this are apparently indestructible and still act as milestones and style references in an ever shifting craft beer culture. I guess this could be one of many perfect introductions to the imperial stout style, it has the right body, stature, perfect technical execution, balance of style characteristics and historical background for that. I love a good imperial stout like so many other beer geeks do, and this feels like revisiting my first experiences with the style. Lovely, righteously a classic indeed.


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