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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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
itfitz (10) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Wow -- this is one of the best-assembled Imperial Russian Stouts Ive ever had. Stone throws their signature hops into this -- at first, the idea sounds dubious, but the result is more than pleasant. Make sure you read the back label. Its hilarious and reflects the great sense of humor that the Stone guys have. But it also gives some insight as to how and why they did what they did to this stout. This stout is all about coffee. It pours looking like a faintly-ruby red motor oil, with a nice tan cafe-au-lait head. The aroma is again coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate, floral hops and citrusy fruit. Its a quite-pleasing smell. Once it hits your tastebuds, the real fun begins. Not surprisingly, coffee jumps at you, but the chocolate and roasted malt follow on quickly. It is mildly-heavy, but less so than other Russian Stouts. You wont want to drink more than 2 or 3 of these. It finishes well, the carbonation being replaced by a velvety smoothness, and leaving a great aftertaste. Stone has hit another home run with their version of an Imperial Russian Stout. Chtob vse byli zdorovy!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mieszko (3) - - APR 27, 2017 does not count
Wyglada super, czarne jak noc, piana drobna. W zapachu bardzo aromatyczne, bardzo wyraźne. Smak słodkawy, potem przebija goryczka. Aromat palony, lekko kawowy, czekoladowy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dropi6 (315) - POLAND - APR 27, 2017
Tap. Pitch balck, small, tan head. Dark fruits, dry plum, cocoa, coffee, pralines, cherry, Roasty bitterness, medium sweet. Full bodied, smooth, creamy, lively.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scrumpy369 (677) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 17, 2017
Bottle shared at home. Pitch black colour a finger of brown foam disappears fast leaving behind a small lacing. Nose is chocolate with some booze. Taste is low roastedness intense chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (2932) - Kaarina, FINLAND - APR 13, 2017
2016 Release, abv. 10.8 %. The 13 months old bottle. A black beer, a head is dense, brown and medium head. Aroma is great and complex, chocolate and liquirice, less roastiness, salt liquirice, matlness of syrup and druitness, also notes of vanilla. Taste has salt liquirice, roastiness of coffee, some bitterness and fruitness. Velvety palate, no stickyness. Great and balanced beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sokuzs1 (1140) - POLAND - APR 12, 2017
BGM Backlog. Roasty, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, some red fruits. Medium bitter, moderate sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidgetymidget (209) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 9, 2017
Backlog. V edycja Beer Geek Madness w Zaklętych Rewirach we Wrocławiu, 1.04.2017

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jksipa (862) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
Bomber from the LCBO. Very dark mahogany under a small lingering dark khaki head. Nose is espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roast. Flavour is a light molasses base with a bitter coffee and chocolate along with a plum tartness. Mouth is medium+ with soft carbonation and a sticky finish. Excellent with a definite alcohol warmth. 9/4/4/7+/17

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coresterol (46) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 7, 2017
Rozpoczynając od aromatu, kiedyś pewnie byłby dla mnie genialny, ale teraz wydaje się być niewybijający na tle innych dobrych RISw. Kawa, czekolada, ciemny chleb, trochę alkoholu. Paloność mocna, ale jak na imperialny stout nie jest zaskakująco mocna. Przyjemna słodycz, wyczuwalna goryczka. Dobre piwo, nieźle ułożone i zbalansowane, niewiele można mu zarzucić ale też nie zapamiętam go jako coś wspaniałego.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjotrapostou (165) - POLAND - APR 7, 2017
[BGM5] Głwnie kawa, trochę słodko, dość dużo paloności. Alkohol zbyt mocno wyczuwalny.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mygeekway (92) - Grodkw, POLAND - APR 6, 2017
Pite na BGM. Podane za zimne. Mimo zbyt niskiej temperatury serwowania jakaś tragedia. W zapachu i smaku alk i to coraz bardziej dominujący wraz z ogrzaniem. Zlew.


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