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RATINGS: 3140   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - JUL 16, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. 2006 vintage. Deep black colour with a quick tan head. Dark sweet aroma - roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, coffee, dried dark fruits. Smooth mouthfeel, very nice. Flavour of coffee, tobacco, bitter chocolate, sharp hops, and a bit of smoke. Could use a bit of aging to round out the edges, but it’s still pretty frickin’ nice!


3.8
DavidSvinth (661) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2018
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2018 Smagt fra flaske til større smagning. Smagt op mod Hoppin' Frog BA BORIS. Tyk og sort med beige skum. Aroma af malt, kaffe, let metallisk. Smager sødt og bittert i god balance, malten dominerer overraskende meget. Fuld krop, bitter finish.

4
nephirem (892) - CROATIA - SEP 11, 2018
Bottle, 0.65l. Black pour, half finger frothy brown head, medium retention. Broken lacing on the glass. Malty nose, caramel and toffee, charred, touch of plum and raisins. Full body, soft to medium carbonation. Thick and creamy texture, chewy mouthfeel. Charred, roasty bittersweet taste. Aroma of caramel and toffee, plum, raisins. Mild latte and vanilla notes. Sugar, moderately sticky. Long finish, dry, mildly bitter with subtle liquory notes. Pretty good RIS. Full bodied, tasty and fairly complex. Nice one.

3.8
Fisler (1102) - Bamberg, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2018
2016 Release mit 10,8%. In der Nase Espresso, dunkle Schokolade. Im Trunk sehr cremig, sahnig, Kaffee, Zartbitterschokolade, hinten bitter, leicht alkoholisch. Spät holzig.

4.2
kovica (489) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 24, 2018
0,65 l. Bottle from Spicy Days Zagreb. Dark color with beige head. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Dark fruit, coffee, alcohol and sweet. Light bitter finish.

3.9
borowik (442) - Bytom, POLAND - JUL 30, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2018 Bogaty aromat pralin, gorzkiej czekolady i kawy espresso. Gęste, oleiste, alkohol przykryty bogactwem doznań.

3.9
Grzesiek79 (4701) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 28, 2018
Vintage 2016. Ponizej moich oczekiwan. Piwo ma spora piane bardzo ciemno brazowa, srednio trwala i nie oblepiajaca wnetrza sniftera. Ciemna nie przeswitujaca barwe niemal jak spuszczany olej z 30 letniego garbusa po przejechaniu 300 tys kilometrow, bardzo oleista i tlusta struktura. Zapach tylko dobre palone espresso, smakowo jest tu alkohol ukryty, slodowosc i nuty palone, poczatkowo wyczuwalna chmielowa goryczka ale potem juz tylko lepko i slodko, ogolnie za slodko. piwo dobre choc po zawyzonej ocenie mozna bylo liczyc na wiecej. Pewnie za krotko lezakowalo u mnie w piwnicy, moze po kilku latach by sie lepiej ulozylo.

4.5
djcampbell (719) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 4, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2018 Vynikající kousek od Stone. Imperiální stout s vysokou kvalitou.. V chuti dominujá kávové tóny, jak je u stoutů tradiční, s vyšším řízem, plnou chutí, jemnou hořkostí a hustou krémovou pěnou.

4.7
BrewBroFla (37) - - MAY 20, 2018
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2018 Stone Imperial Stout is an awesome brew. I try to sip and savor but it's just to damn good. As you would expect from and imperial Russian Stout this thing pours a thick and dark a motor oil that is 20k miles over due for a change. Doesn't taste like motor oil though as this brew has wonderful notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol.

3.1
tomekk1978 (1886) - Z±bki, POLAND - APR 21, 2018
UPDATED: APR 21, 2018 Aromat wyraźnie utleniony w stylu sherry. Mało czekolady czy kawy, ale i alkoholu. Więcej melano. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana jasno brazowa, drobno pecherzykowa, obfita i dosyć trwała. W smaku umiarkowana slodycz złamana kwaskowością. Nuty miodowe, sherry, świadczące o utlenieniu. Mnóstwo melano, palonosci i alkoholu. Piwo wyraźnie nie wytrzymało lezakowania. Goryczka znikoma, palona. Pełnia powyżej średniej, umiarkowane wysycenie i miodowo-melanoidynowy finisz. Słabe, ciekawe jak smakuje świeże?

4.5
Jabah (1044) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2018
Spring 2009 Release (10.5% ABV)- I heard great things about this IPS, so was dang eager to sample it and compare it to my favorite and top rated IPS, which is Stoudts Fat Dog Stout. They are very similar in many ways, yet this may have a slight edge in flavor. Maybe a little more robust, but can't quite give it a 10 for taste, as it is quite possible there is something better somewhere in the world. Until I find it, this is right up there with Fat Dog as my top IPS. Next time I try this though, gonna look for a Spring 2008 or let it age about a year - 18 months.


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