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RATINGS: 3202   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hohops (952) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2017
2015 bottle. Appearance- jet black, opaque, a small fizzy tan-coloured head. Looks mean. Aroma- rich roasted coffee, leather, treacle toffee, vanilla, roasted dark malts, booze, dark rum, cocoa-rich chocolate, fudge cake. Booze dark fruit hints- blackberries. Taste- espresso coffee, liquorice, dark malts, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, leathery malt, chocolate brownie, rich roasted after-dinner coffee beans. Long sticky finish. Full and thick mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Chewy in the finish. Rich but easy to drink. Exceptional stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator63 (36) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Black as midnight draft in my pint glass, one of my all time favorite stouts. Strong flavor, molasses and some roasted coffee, great pure stout aroma, I love this one dearly. Have it everytime I visit Yardhouse. A stout lovers steady and dependable go to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (379) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2017
650ml bottle from LCBO. 10.8%alc/vol. Pours an opaque dark brown colour with one finger of lasting head. Lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is intensely complex. Sweet chocolate on the front, then some dark fruits, and plums in the middle and finishes dry and hoppy with some metallic notes. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent IRS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
copestx (206) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2017
2011 on tap in Austin. Lots of molasses and syrup along with the coffee and roasted malts. Sweet but not too sweet. Warming alcohol. Quite nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MCShann (18) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Classic Imperial Stout. Not as heavy as I expected but truly a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (1873) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle, LCBO. 2016 release, bottled in March 2016, 10.8% ABV. Black with rather modest beige head. Luscious, fudgey sweet, slightly boozy, rich and thick, slightly burning bitter in the finish. Bit of tobacco there too? Soft mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Lovely dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (3663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2017
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an inky, near black colour with moderate sized mocha-coloured head. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, roast, dark fruit and some molasses. Flavour is dark and rich with anise, molasses, roast, cocoa, some coffee, raisin, plum and some booziness. Slick mouthfeel. Big body. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kamanova_boy (161) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 23, 2017
On tap at Craft B33r Gallery. Magnificent stout. Strong creamy white head, black black colour, coffee, roasted hops in aroma. Rich body, coffee, black currant, roasted malt, bit of chocolate in taste. Long sweety, coffee finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chris__hartley (442) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2017 It pours opaque black; the head is caramel and marshmallow like. The aroma has notes of: chocolate, leather, anise, rum, raisins, toffee, oak, and cacao nibs. The taste is medium sweet that finishes heavy bitter. The palate is full bodied with very little carbonation; the finish is long and oily. Overall, finally a Russian imperial with balls - most don?t deserve this term.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (895) - HONG KONG - FEB 13, 2017
Pours thik pitch black, with a small brown head, some spotted lacing. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and licorice. Slick mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth, strong roasted malts, some booze, dark berries, vanilla, caramel, licorice, some cocoa. Typical Russian close to perfection. Awesome.

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