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RATINGS: 3114   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, - AUG 30, 2009
Toasty aroma with almonds, hazelnut, coffee and lots of cherries. Appears an extremely dark brown, almost black. Flavour begins with slight sourness. Almonds, hazelnut, cotton candy and roasted malts dance on the tongue. Finishes with a strong hop presence. Delightfully balanced. Alcohol is detectable if I search for it, but doesn’t assert itself. Heavy body. A gorgeous beer.


3.9
Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Nov 2006 Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp-2006 bottling) a pitch black with a smallish head of dark brown foam that quickly shrunk to just a fine ring around the glass and soon after that, it was gone as well. The smell is strong on the caramel malt with notes of chocolate and coffee. The taste is really big on sweet and roasted malt up front with strong flavours of chocolate and coffee that add some nice complexity. The finish brings some nice hop bitterness and there's a touch of alcohol there as well but it's not overpowering as long as you just sip on it and...that's what this brew is all about. A very good sipping RIS that more than satisfies after a 22oz serving. Body wise, this is a very "chewy" Stout and makes for a really great mouthfeel. Yum, Yum, Yummy. Bottom line: This is a top notch sample of the style and everyone should get a chance to try it. I highly recommend it! PS: I've got one more bottle of this and a bottle of the 2005. :^) Update: Drinking my second bottle of the 2006, I poured it into my NB goblet and there was lots of nice foam and lacing and it lasted for the entire session.

4.2
Daboch (113) - Gdansk, POLAND - OCT 15, 2017
Ładnie się prezentuje czarnobrunatny kolor obfita piana. Aromat gorzka kawa, gorzka czekolada plus kakao. W smaku podobnie wysoka goryczka. Dobre

4
SinH4 (6124) - Garching b. M?nchen, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2017
2016 bottle, many thanks William! Pitch black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is strawberry, roasted, chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A bit oxidized in the back. Very good, classic Imperial Stout, with the right amount of sweetness.

4
varanid99 (1317) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2017
2015 edition. Black with a decent tan head. Roasty, chocolate, coffee, slightly boozy aroma. Coffee, roast, cocoa, dried fruit, vanilla flavours, gets better as it warms up. Nice one

4.4
vincentvega72 (853) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2017 Zwart met romige mokkakleurige schuimkraag die langzaam inzakt. Koffie, chocolade, lichte roast, beetje hazelnoot. Mooi in de neus en in de mond. Droge bittere afdronk. Knalstout.

4.5
vinivini (2854) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 5, 2017
Tap. Opaque petroleum black. Small tan head. Aroma: fairly vinous, roasted malts, dried fruit, brandy, minimal smoke. Fine. Full body. The same complex picture on tongue. Relatively dry. Decent amount of hops. Excellent. Monumental.

4.1
mikeyo1 (855) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle @ home. 2013 vintage. The color is almost opaque black with a beige medium head. Aroma of dry roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, licorice, coffee, smoke, red fruits, nuts, slightly vinous raisins and dark fruits. Taste is roasted with dark chocolate + milk chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits, some vanilla, cream, hints of smoke, nuts, wood. Full bodied with good duration and fresh, medium carbonation. Finish has roasted malts, orange zest and licorice lingering. Assertive bitterness.

4
PowY (993) - AUSTRIA - SEP 30, 2017
From tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Berlin, vintage 2010 at 10.6%. Nearly black, dark red brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt - toffee, milk chocolate, mild coffee, some hazelnut - very smooth. Full, oily body with a medium to medium heavy sweetness, a light bitterness and hints of alcohol. The flavor is very malty and again full of roasted malt - chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, mild coffee - and a little sweeter than expected after the smell. Nice roasty and lightly bitter finish.

Aroma: 8
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 16

4.3
dorain (519) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2017
Version 2014 vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2017-09 getrunken. Kräftige Schokoladen- und Kaffeearomen treffen hier sehr vollmundig aufeinander. Ein echt tolles Stouts. 8-4-7-5-15 Version 2015 & 2016 vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-11 getrunken. Besser als 2014er. 9-4-8-5-17

4.5
MatChar (92) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2017 Bottle (03/23/16). Appearance: elegant black with light, slightly brownish foam, quite low carbonation. Smell: slightly smoked, confit fruits, burnt caramel. Taste: subtle notes of anise, smooth coffee, and very light smokiness, incredible feel for ABV, alcohol hardy gets heavy as it warms down. Overall: awesomely balanced and drinkable, world class Russian Imperial Stout.


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