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RATINGS: 3187   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (134) - 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 (1590) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Samuel214 (878) - SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2016
Flaska frn SB. Vintage 2016. Svart med tv fingrar hgt brunbeiget skum. Fyllig doft som balanserar mellan toffee, choklad, kaffe och sherry. Stor, fyllig kropp. I brjan stare toner av torkad frukt, toffee, choklad. Relativt stor beska. Gr ver i krvare, hrt rostade toner. En litet inslag av chark finns dr med. Beskan och alkoholsmaken ligger kvar lnge eftert. En bit in i eftersmaken kommer ven lena toffeetoner tillbaka. En ganska standard imperial stout, men vlbalanserad och med hgt kvalitet. Den enda invndningen skulle vara att den r lite fr "levande" nu. Kan verkligen tnka mig att den gr sig vl av att lagras.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (849) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 28, 2016
(2016) Totalmente negra, espuma marrom de mdia formao e pouca persistncia. Aroma tende mais para caf, segundo plano, chocolate, leve vanilla, menos complexa do que a Bourbon County mas ainda assim tima. Paladar de amargor mdio torrado, dulor mdio/intenso. Corpo licoroso e baixa carbonatao. Final de longa persistncia mantm a tendncia para o caf mas sem esquecer outras nuances secundrias de chocolate e cacau. Muito boa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (1448) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2016 From a 650ml bottle on 25/10/2016 (2016 edition, 11.0% abv). Pours the deepest brown with the barest of heads. . Has a big chocolate, caramel nose. The flavour is sublime and powerful, with chocolate and fudge dominating, followed by some caramel and hints of soy, licorice and coffee. Theres a moderate hoppy/roasty bitterness to set of what is a relatively sweet impy. The texture is thick and the carbonation relatively soft. Exhibits great length and intensity. The big rep is deserved. Another great beer from a great brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenYeti (11) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Extremely strong. Takes a while to drink. Its thick as mud and overpowers the senses. After struggling through it and almost glad its over, you want more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (427) - - OCT 22, 2016
Stone is known for their hop charged selections but, in turn they make one helluva stout. 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. On the look there is a 3 finger head of light brown head that is pillowy with a dense bubble formation supported on an ominous pitch black decandant liquid. The aroma is dark fruit (plum, figand prine) , French roast coffee, some black licorice (anise) with dark chocolate. On the palate there is a sinful dance of rich dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, plum and fig with a subtle earthy hop at the end. Chewy full-bodied with light carbonation. Hides the 10.8% ABV very well. Smooth and bold making it one of the best in its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (4779) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2016
Bomber at home. Deepblack with short lasting brown head. Quite some coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, dried cranberries, oats, hazelnuts. Lots of bitter roasted notes and coffee, balanced by sweet toffee notes and some sugar, with a touch of sourness from berries and ash. Almost full bodied with soft carbonation and light alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lonick (1779) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle @home (Euro-vision 2016 tasting.) Pours black, jet black, tan head. Nos is big coffee, chocolate, milk chocolate, slight liquorice. Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate, it hides the 10.5% really well. I could have just written wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (1052) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Pours black with a cocoa head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, molasses, stewed prunes and tobacco. A strong stewed prunes flavour with tobacco, coffee and bitter chocolate.

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