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RATINGS: 3083   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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."


Finwe's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finwe (426) - Grankulla, - SEP 23, 2012
660ml bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some alcohol and lots of coffee. The flavour has pretty much the same elements as the aroma, with some oakwoodish tone. Surprisingly dry finish with lots of coffee.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
lots of chocolate, not too much coffee, rich malt, full body, aroma is not really complex. Great stout!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Percy0103 (500) - MEXICO - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle, 500ml. A dark beer with a small brown head. Aroma is of coffee, alcohol and nuts. Taste is bitter with a strong roasted malt finish. Medium to robust bodied with some carbonation and astringency. Oily and complex aftertaste with hints of nuts. A perfectly balanced and very drinkable (for the style) Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sdaniel90 (778) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle, 65cl. 2016 edition. Opaque dark reddish/brown with a minimal brown head. Aromas of molasses, dried fruits, roasted caramel, alcohol. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and oily. Medium to heavy sweet with medium to heavy bitterness. Intense roasted character into a fiery alcohol and coffee finish. Complex, heavy and exquisite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham_murphy (552) - - MAY 2, 2016
Solid and unpretentious imperial stout. Black and a little thin in head and body. Medium bitterness - not bad for a stout - and plenty of sugary fruit, chocolate leaving a sweet aftertaste. Potent.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (691) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.

Overall:
A balanced imperial stout which is not really sweet, nor really bitter. Balance is key however and it is excellently crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2471) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ramboraffe (1723) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1028) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (340) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1508) - 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.


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