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RATINGS: 2870   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a thick rich black with a large (2-3 finger) dense medium brown creamy head that lasted a good while, reducing slowly to just a little residue that was left clinging to the glass rather nicely. The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a very mild alcohol presence. The taste was malty and sweetly bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses early on, and then became a tad bitterer with a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time with the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit being present for a while before the alcohol presence became dominant. Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation. Overall an intensely tasty Imperial Stout with a lot of flavor and a strong alcohol taste that was hardly noticeable to the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3789) - 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 (176) - - AUG 25, 2014
Stone is a great brewery! But all Iíve 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krej (90) - USA - AUG 25, 2014
Very good stout. Nice and creamy which is my favorite. Chocolatey and coffeey. Itís got a little bitter hops to the taste though which is kinda weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OmarSempai (1) - - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
Aroma Inconfondibile, retrogusto di caffè tostato e liquirizia. Ottima birra da dopocena. Da provare

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cam_Dynamite (2) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
Pours black with a small tan head. Very well balanced with definite milk chocolate and some bitterness coming straight at you. I love this - everything you want in a big bad stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (577) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2014
22 oz bottle from 2013. The pour is jet black, like used motor oil with a decent cap of dark khaki head that fades down slowly leaving some good lace. The aroma is pretty damn good. It's got a beautiful dark fruit and licorice presence. Behind that there is a nice molasses sweetness and then comes in a resounding booziness. There's a light roast, and the complexity is absolutely beautiful. The flavor is lighter, but too balanced. There seems to be a lot of dominance on the roast, and that's what lingers. I like the initial licorice bitterness, but then it seems Torah together too well to have nicely discerning flavors of the dark fruits and sweet molasses that the aroma offered. The mouth feel is thick and velvety, with a nice carbonation and it coats really well. The aftertaste lingers around, but it's too based on the roast ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (220) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2012. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, licorice, roasted malt. Appearance is black, done settled sediment from 18 months of aging. Taste is immediately licorice, roasted malt overwhelms, it remains quite balanced in all the flavors, which is somewhat disappointing. Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick, decent carbonation for a two year old brew. Overall...impressive to say the least, but there are better ones out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (985) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with finger thick tan head. Aroma: Roast malts, cold coffee, spice, dried fruit, brown sugar, liquorice, treacle, cherry liqueur? Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweetness and low sourness. Palate: Medium thick coarse texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering bitter sweet, cold coffee, malty, spicy, chocolaty finish. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
I have seen this so many times on the shelf and disappointed it took me this long to taste it! It is so delicious!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 12, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

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