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RATINGS: 3160   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   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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3.9
Foxbush (3307) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2023 12 oz can from Total Wine and More in Short Pump, VA The stout poured an opaque black with a tan head and no lacing. The aroma of the coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. The taste has more dark chocolate with hints of licorice and molasses. There is nice hop bitterness in the upper mouth. The stout has a medium body and soft carbonation. Special stout.

4
BeerdedDave (4413) - Beckley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2023 black color; nice roasted malt aroma with bitter chocolate notes; nice dark, roasted malt flavor with coffee and bitter chocolate notes; bitter finish

4.5
nearbeer (8086) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2023 12 ounce canned 10/19/22. Pour is jet black and sports an enduring quarter inch of dripping creamy foam. Nose has cocoa nibs, oatmeal, coffee with a hint of cream, caramel, and notes of berry and char. Tastes of the same nice mix, plus a bit of soy sauce and then mild black pepper and graham cracker in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied with smooth low-medium carbonation. Well balanced with a slightly dry finish and no hint of the 10.5% abv.
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2008 Total Score: 4.4
650 ml, 2007 release. Eight-ball colored with a large and lasting, creamy head. Aroma is chocolate espresso and metallic molasses. Flavor is milk chocolate, coffee, licorice, anise, charred wood, and some herby bittering hops on the end. A little-too-noticeable alcohol and slightly harsh roast-bitterness on the finish are only minor quibbles. Smooth, heavy palate is oil-on-velvet.

3.9
Beese (14719) - Tooting, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2023 355ml can from We Brought Beer, Tooting. Black with a tan head. Aroma of liquorice, dark malt and coffee. Espresso, bitter cocoa nibs and burnt toast flavour. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/22/2014 Total Score: 4.4
Bottle at BrewDog Clapham Junction, Battersea. Pours black, thin tan. Aroma of coffee, molasses, aniseed, leather and dark malt. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Burnt malt flavours, with treacle, espresso and spice. Finish is ash, tar, burnt sugar, burnt coffee beans and port. Smashing.

3.7
17Beer (1750) - Weston, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2022
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2022 12 oz can. Pours black brown with a bubbly brown head with lacing. Big burnt toast and chalk flavors with a sticky mouthfeel and a lingering bitter finish. Very good.

3.9
KevinReddirt (1505) - Midland, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2022
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2022 A surprise selection at Mr. T's on the east side of Midland yesterday. I did not know that Stone was offering any imperial stouts, had read they had gone the total IPA route. So this makes me happy, at least I get to try the original imperial stout. Nuff said, life goes on. 12 oz can opened now and going inside of my New Belgium globe glass. Motor oil or some similar substance as the liquid with a large head of medium brown foam, very persistent. I smell dark fruit and chocolate. The drink is good, even a bit better than that. But not great. Dark chocolate, a small but noticeable amount of coal, some berry sweetness, a touch of caramel, wheat bread and malt. Slightly bitter. A nice mouth feel. Decent in the style, not life changing.
Earlier Rating: 8/24/2020 Total Score: 4.2
I finally got the chance to try Stone Imperial Russian Stout at Aces and Ales in LV while there on a visit. By itself the brew would have been worth the tasting but I had the chance to also drink two other high quality barrel aged imperial stouts at the same time. The color is black as aces with a medium tan head. Nice lacing with this one. I taste a heathy dose of chocolate of course, licorice, strawberries and malt. Easy on the tongue. Quite good, not the best.

3.7
thorongil2 (6344) - Camas, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2022
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2022 (Tap) clear, bright, very dark brown colour with a medium tall brown head; aroma of milk chocolate, dried figs; balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter sweet finish
Earlier Rating: 7/18/2009 Total Score: 4.8
(bottle) black colour; aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate; flavours of molasses, bit of coffee, very complex; small, short lasting tan head; excellent sweet/bitter balance; well hidden alcohol

4.1
imdownthepub (23905) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2022
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2022 Bottled, 355ml 2010 Vintage given as a Birthday present way back. Black with tan head. There are rich, dark, roasty flavours from the off. Full on bitterness, liquorice, bitter tree bark notes, some smokey hints. Really quite smooth and full, some background fruitiness. Very good indeed.

4.3
zoucrew102 (5451) - - APR 5, 2022
UPDATED: APR 5, 2022 Bomber, 2014 vintage. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, molasses and anise. Pours inky black with a thin mocha brown head that has good retention and some lacing. Starts with roasted malt, licorice and molasses flavors as well as having a rich, full body and slick, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes smooth but dry with dark chocolate, anise and coffee flavors. Nice Russian imperial, even after almost a decade.

4.4
cfrancis (4577) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2021
UPDATED: APR 1, 2021 Pours inky black with a small white ring. Aroma is roasted malt, small smoke, nice earthy hops as expected with Stone. Taste is medium bitterness from the hops with some from the chocolate notes. Nice hop warmness still after 5 years on a shelf. I love Stone. This is my last one in my cellar. Thanks COVID. I need more.


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