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99
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 3128   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."

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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
ozzy70 (1357) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2018
22oz. bottle. 10.8% abv. Poured black, thick dark tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Taste was bittersweet, roasted coffee, alcohol, licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate.

4.5
Bricktop86 (956) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2018
On tap near black with red hints and a tan head. Aroma of coffee, smoke, licorice and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter.

3.7
yoxik75 (474) - Wroclaw, POLAND - JAN 26, 2018
Piana z drobnymi oczkami powoli opada, zdobi szkło. Kolor czarny. Aromat ubogi klasyczny czekolada, słody palone, karmel, lekka owocowa słodycz, alkoholowy akcent. Smak to samo, paloność, czekolada, kawa, karmel, melanoidyny, suszone owoce, lukrecja, szczypta tanin, lekko alkohol. Ciało średnie, słodycz nie za wysoka odpowiednia, goryczka wyczuwalna nie przesadzona, pije sie dobrze. Klasyk RISowy bez wad i wodotrysków. Bardzo Dobre nie czepiam się ale spodziewałem się sporo więcej.

4
davidezdonz (646) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JAN 24, 2018
A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 release, bottled on 23rd March 2016. Poured into a snifter glass. It was black in colour with a just under one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some sweet dark fruit, plum, black currant and cherries. Tastes similar to the aroma with roasted malts, lightly burnt smokiness, dark chocolate and coffee, followed by dark fruit sweetness of plum and prunes. Creamy, smooth, full bodied with light carbonation. Overall, great aroma and nice taste at the beginning, but perhaps feeling that it was a bit too sweet towards the end, after finishing a full bomber by myself. Alcohol is well hidden though, and it’s a great bottle to share.

3.9
Erzengel (9898) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2018
Many thanks to Werckmeister for organising this bottle, 2016 release. Great deep roasted nose. Fresh, deep roasted. Viscous, deep, roast. Dark chocolate, coffee, hints of thick and rich malty sweetness. Long deep roasted aftertaste, burned caramel, round and deep. The ABV is not tasteable. Great.

4.2
CraftBeerNick (3057) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2018
2015 Bottle at home with Dad, New Years Eve, 31st December 17. Pours black with a neat head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, coffee, liquorice. Taste is so smooth, cocoa, liquorice, rich and bitter sweet. Great beer.

4.1
piwnanuta (271) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 15, 2017
No mega no. Mleczna czekoalda, rodzynki. Dużo ciała i kakao. Wręcz likierowate. Poezja.

4.1
vami (594) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Tap at Ministerstwo Browaru. Pitch black with great head, wonderful licorice, raisins covered in milk chocolate, ripe prunes, cocoa. One of the best imperial stouts.

3.7
GarageBrewer80 (748) - SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2017 Lagrad flaska från SB. Bäst före dec 2016. Svart kulör med liten skumkrona. Doft av mörk choklad, kaffe och rostad malt. Smak av detsamma. Söt och lite syrlig munkänsla.

4
DonGregorio (641) - POLAND - NOV 3, 2017
Shared 2016 bottle. Pitch black beer with beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dried fruits, dark fruits, roasted malts and light licorice. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter, of chocolate, dried fruits, ripe cherries, light licorice, with notes of coffee, roasty. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Classic, sweet, very tasty RIS.


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