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RATINGS: 3137   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 (3403) - 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!


3.9
borowik (382) - 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 (4653) - 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.

4.2
Sandro Mosque (163) - - JUN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2018 'Não há dúvida de que Stone Stout Imperial é reverenciada entre os entusiastas', afirma o CEO da Stone, Greg Koch. 'Eu sei, porque eu sou um deles e mal posso esperar para sair todos os anos!' Alguns podem pensar que um lançamento no final da primavera para uma fermentação especial desse tipo é um momento estranho para ela chegar ao mercado. Koch justifica isso com a racionalização “O que é melhor do que uma época quente do ano para sair com uma bebida que tem um sabor excelente à medida que se aquece!” Isso porque 'gelo frio' certamente não é a maneira apropriada de servir a cerveja. Quase sem exceção, quanto mais escura, mais rica e mais alcoólica for uma bebida, mais quente deve ser a temperatura de servir. O rótulo Stone Imperial Stout descreve a bebida como sendo “intensamente aromática (notas de anis, groselha preta, café, torrada e álcool) e pesada no paladar ... espere que esta bebida misteriosa derrame como óleo de motor usado e tenha um gosto ainda mais pesado! Sirva a 55 graus.

4.5
djcampbell (636) - 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 (1830) - 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 (1015) - 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.

4
cobaink2 (1003) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2018
22 oz bottle 2014 vintage. Roasted hazelnuts and deep Molasses. Bit of burnt brown sugar. Pretty dense and not many flaws. Great.

4.1
Kita (2482) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 29, 2018
Bottle, 0.65l. Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruit, wood and sherry. Pitch black color with medium creamy light brown head and nice lacing. Taste starts with sweet and rich roasted malt and chocolate, follows by licorice, mouthfeel is spicy and warming alcoholic, while finish is medium grassy bitter. Full body, thick texture and average carbonation in palate. Getting imperially stoned with it...

3.5
beskid (738) - GERMANY - MAR 21, 2018
2015 bottle. Basically a typical imperial stout, rather dry, some roasted, acidic coffee, alcoholic, unpleasant notes in the end.


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