overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3165   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2413) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Pitch black pour from the bomber into a tulip glass. A dirty tan short head formed. Held up to the light, not even on the edges is the light coming though. Looks beautiful. Smell: Dark malt, caramel and ALCOHOL. Taste: Malty, but not too sweet. There is a coffee kind of bitterness. Alcohol lingering minutes afterward. Full bodied, my tongue is going numb from the alcohol. Light carbonation. Excellent. This is perfect for a cold, stormy day in front of the fireplace. It will warm you up nicely. It hits the notes for a Imperial Russian Stout. Even though Stone gives fair warning on the bottle that it is loaded is alcohol, I would prefer a little less on the nose. Minor complaint. Excellent stout.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2472) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2017
22oz bottle from Redstone. 2014 vintage. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, soy, licorice. Roast and bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1262) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer 2014 vintage dark chocolate with a nice mocha head. Aromas of roasted malt bitter chocolate dark fruit. Taste is smooth creamy chocolate notes forward with vanilla and dark fruit in the finish. Wow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (225) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2016
on tap at the republic pours black with tan head very boozy aroma and flavor got smoother the more i drank.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fujimo2000 (131) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2016
2015 cellared, pours dark brown/black with lasting tiny foam. Taste is bitter chocolate and licorice. Dry finish with a trace of vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maersk (212) - MOLDOVA - DEC 29, 2016
Brownish black, no head. Smells plums, wine, malts. Full body, carbonation, roast in the taste. Good and refreshing with sour/bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (1328) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bomber from McHughs. Pours deep black with foam tan head. Lactose, coffee chocolate with some vanilla booze. Deep chocolate, lactose, coffee with dry nut, alcohol warming finish. Smooth, luscious and highly drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (323) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bomber from 2015 release. Aroma is sweet with cocoa. Opaque black color with a good head of tiny tan bubbles that slowly fade. Little lacing. Flavor of roast, bitter chocolate, a little sweetness to balance. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a beast of a RIS, and delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bawelt (691) - Lyon, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2016
On est sur du trs trs lourd. Le bouquet est monstrueux : trs caf et chocolat galement avec une sacre dose de fruits rouges (fraise, framboise) et noirs (prune, mre, cassis). La bouche est puissante, bien quilibre, pas si thylique, paisse tout en restant bien gouleyante. Quasiment ronde et douce. Le torrfi revient sur la fin mais sans grande amertume.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubyroo (145) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2016
Aroma of coffee, booze and dough. Appearance is black with a minuscule head and tiny spots of lacing. Taste is coffee, currant, anise, dates, char. Palate is full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and soft carb. Overall- Delicious and well balanced more depth of flavour than your average imp stout not over the top roasty/acrid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (830) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 19, 2016
Look: black clear, almost opaque. Aroma: liquorice, berries, Taste: light sweetness, light tartness, prominent hoppy bitterness, Flavour: robusta, tar, charcoal, berries. Long bitter grassy finish. Good strong and hoppy RIS.


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