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RATINGS: 3204   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Theres no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Im 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!" Thats 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popiela (823) - Pozna, POLAND - APR 4, 2017
Beer Geek Madness. Aromat palony, kawowy, czekoladowy. W smaku powtrka, ale wszystko niezbyt intensywne. Przeciętny RIS.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (2668) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 4, 2017
Draught. Nice mix of chocolate and coffee, some roasted malts in the back. In taste chocolate, roastiness and booze. Full to medium body, quite oily and smooth, roasty and warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jaceks21 (178) - Zgorzelec, POLAND - APR 3, 2017
Dobry, typowy RIS. Czekolada, likier, ciemne owoce w aromacie, niezbyt intensywnie. W smaku podobnie, bardziej w stronę czekolady i likieru. Przydałoby się więcej ciała, ale i tak generalnie jest ok. Fajnie aksamitne i pijalne. Jak dla mnie za wysokie nagazowanie, trochę przeszkadzało. Oglnie ok, ale liczyłem na więcej.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (620) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2017
Bomber bottle. Inky, jet black pour with a frothy tan cap. If you had told me this was a shot of espresso I probably would've believed you. Chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, but mostly I get liquorice and burnt toast, which is a nice variation on the usual chocolate/coffee IRS. Also, this stuff is smooooooth. Boozy but balanced, slightly chalky. Velvety mouthfeel. This is damn good stuff. I need to get a bottle to share with myself. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PabloZab (1430) - Wroclaw, POLAND - APR 1, 2017
Tap (BGM5, Wroclaw). Roasty with chocolate and liquor notes, smooth, really drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (1574) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2017
Black with brown head. Blue cheese, soy sauce and syrup. Sweet, spicy and sharp finish. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (5650) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle. Very smooth, clean and easy drinking. Warmth is present at room temp, but overall the alcohol is hidden well. Vanilla, biscuity, toffee. Overall quite low roast. Tasty. Great one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1876) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. 2014. ABV11%. Pours deep dark brown with brown minimum head. Aroma: dark chpocolate, cold dark coffee, roasted, dark plums, woody. Taste: roasted, chocolate (dark and milk), some nuts, coffee, dates. Full body. Bitter finish. Nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (6253) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2017
Black with thin head. Aroma has some mocha, vanilla and chocolate. Flavour is similar with a creamy milk chocolate feel. In the aftertaste theres a nice dry, peppery bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (2533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2017
22 oz. bottle, consumed on 2-12-17. Bottled on 03/22/13, so it has had nearly four years of aging. 2013 Classic Release. Scents of clay, milk chocolate, and chocolate-covered raisin. Also dried apricot, peanut dust, and malted milk balls. Good smell, but Ive smelled much better, especially within the style. A lot is going on in the aroma, and it has a fair amount of complexity, but its not outstanding beyond that. Pours a rich, dark brown with a small to moderate amount of sable head. Nice appearance, although not outstanding for the style. The head is short-lasting, unfortunately. Dry, bitter, tarry flavor reminds me of burnt bread crust. The flavor, to the beers benefit, is much more bitter than the sweet-leaning aroma suggests. Coffee with some spice (cinnamon and chili pepper). Mulled apple cider. Medium body, on the light side for the style. Decent liveliness. Forgettable and nondescript palate effects. Im surprised I havent rated this beer previously. I dont think aging has done this beer favors, although one would expect an imperial stout to hold up well to the aging process.


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