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RATINGS: 3226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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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MCShann (18) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Classic Imperial Stout. Not as heavy as I expected but truly a great beer.

Kauge (1932) - 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.

Spab (3791) - 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.

kamanova_boy (262) - 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.

chris__hartley (443) - 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.

colui72 (989) - 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.

coolunclesony (46) - DENMARK - FEB 10, 2017
bottle bought at "Beer and Wine Place" in Seoul Traditionel heavy imp. Stout smell with tons of booze, licoriqe and coffee. Full body and a taste that match the smell the finish is pretty bitter. This beer has impressed me for more than ten years.

d_julien (11) - Laval, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Bonne bière, je ne suis pas fan des produits de Stone, sauf la Self-righteous qui au contraire est une de mes meilleures. Bien balancé, beaucoup de saveurs.

dysenteri (321) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2017
Bomber from SB. 2016. Pitch black, beige head. Chocolate, cofffee, whiff of prune, raisins, df. Dark fruity in the mouth, more dark fruity than earlier years, and its not in a good way I’m afraid. Still good though, but not as good as I thought.

Hopverdju (1199) - BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2017
2016 Release. Zwart bier met beige schuim. Geur: zoet, zwarte chocolade, gebrande mout, zoethout, alcoholisch. Smaak: zoet, koffie, gebrande moutbitterheid, alcoholisch. Goede koolzuurprikkel. Volmondig. Afdronk: wat kleverig zoet-bitter.

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