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RATINGS: 3165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftyHare (38) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2016
2016 650ml bottle pours very dark brown with quickly dissipating tan head. Dark herbal aniseed aroma. Tastes of brown sugar, espresso, dark cocoa, roasted malts and tobacco. Syrupy sweetness is balanced with a little savouriness saltiness. Smooth 10.8% alcohol. Long herbal finish with mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malin_aiisa (994) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle Dark brown white head Aroma of caramel, chocolate, smoke Taste sweet, balanced. Fizzy nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mauritsio (841) - FINLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Tap at crafters hyvink. Pours bitch black with medium head. Roasted. Dark fruits. Tobacco. Some sweetness. Alcohol bites.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (3542) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 4, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2016 bottle, 2016 version (from beergium). Pours black. Aroma is chocolate, malt, roast, slight smoak. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, malt, dark chocolate, booze. Finish is roast bitter and booze. Overall: very good, but Yeti we had before was noticeably better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (3153) - ESTONIA - NOV 4, 2016
Bottle, 2016 version. Shared by Mart, thanks! Dark brown to black beer, small brown head. Nose is chocolate, roast, nutty, coffee, caramel, mild sweetness. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, sweetness, toasty and roasty notes, nuts, some mild bitterness. Chocolate and coffee finish, caramel notes. Smooth and sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eXORRO (170) - POLAND - NOV 4, 2016
2016 release. Big beige head quickly disappearing. Aroma full of sweet chocolate, caramel, almonds, nuts, coffee. Flavour is sweet and intensive. Full of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits with some hoppy accent. Bitter is hoppy and alcoholic, lovely warming esophagus. Full body, medium carbonation. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dojken (520) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2016
Allin brewfest. Kraftig tung doft men dock balanserad. Smaken ngot rkig i smaken med en hrlig smak. Lng eftersmak. Det hr var grejor det!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patrik (674) - - NOV 4, 2016
P fat Eriksberg. Helt jvla perfekt balanserad imperial Stout. Choklad , kaffe och underbart balanserad beska och stma. En av de bsta

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (85) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Appearance: Opaque black with a thin beige headit looks just like black coffee. Nose: Dark roasted malts, bold coffee, & toasted nuts; theres a tiny hint of smoke & booze in the background. Taste: Bold espresso coffee on arrival, toffee & brown sugar on development, and finishes with nuts, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. The bitter espresso flavor stays throughout. This beer warms up very well and certainly has a long glass life. Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, full-bodied, smooth, & finishes really dry & a bit sticky. Overall: Very easy to drink for an imperial stout. All the flavors are balanced nicely; nothing is overwhelming. Being a beer thats 10.5% ABV, the booze isnt very easily noticed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (1486) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Tap, pours black with a thing ring of mocha colored foam; aroma of cinnamon, chocolate, roast malt, coffee, and hints of dark fruits; taste is cinnamon, roast malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee; finish has some light roasty bitterness with some hints of spice an alcohol warming; excellent!

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