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RATINGS: 3103   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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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3.8
Ferris (15910) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Cocoa, some soy and a bit of coffee. Jet black and no head. Cocoa and heavy roasted malts and a bit of heat in the finish. Nice and held up well. Vintage 2012 - Much bigger flavors, but in much better balance. Will try next one fresh, maybe age not a good idea with these.

4
bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Bomber. Aromas of tar, chocolate and darkly roasted malt. Maybe some hop. Near opaque brown/black color with a substantial beige head. Starts with smoke, followed by roasted malt, followed by chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is very firm, and the finish is not dry. Motor oil it is. Whoosh. The alcohol is hardly noticeable. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil on steriods.

3.6
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle at NB - Porter/stout ølsymposium. Black - brown head. Ryebread, honey, alcohol, burned, chokolate, bitter hopped. Not as powerfull and smooth as expected - a bit too alcoholic...

4.4
djd07 (15106) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with a paperthin light tan head that leaves decent spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a burnt roasted malt with dark chocolate and caramel. Thick mouthfeel with an intense flavor of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate with a nice smokey finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A very impressive Imperial stout from Stone.

3.8
Scopey (14992) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle from Brewdog Aberdeen. Pours jet black with dark brown head. Nose; bitter coffee, chocolate, soy. Taste; complex and rich, bitter-sweet coffee and chocolate, caramel, liquorice, dark fruits and some soy sauce. Enjoyable in small doses, perhaps a bottle to myself was overkill...!

4.5
gunnfryd (14983) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma is burned, coffee, fruit, malt. Flavour is sweet, burned, coffee, fruit, hop, malt. Very nice beer . Great brew.

3.6
Ratman197 (14976) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
On tap @ Falling Rock poured an opaque black with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Palate was heavy and peppery. Flavors of coffee, burnt malt,and bittersweet chocolate. Possibly one of stones best beers IMNTBHO.

3.9
DSG (14922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Re-rate 11/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Black with a light brown head. Big roasty aroma with coffee, dark chocolate and light hoppy notes. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee, alcohol, some dark chocolate and a bitter finish, a bit hoppy. Full-bodied. 8/4/8/4/16=4

Bottle sample at a tasting. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma of chocolatey malt, a bit of pralines, some dark fruits, alcohol and a bit of coffee. Sweet roasty flavor with rather burnt malt, some chocolate and coffee and a bitter roasty finish. Thick-bodied. 7/4/8/4/15=3.8

3.7
Borup (14730) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roatsed malt, coffee, spice, dried fruit, alcohol, vanilla and bitterness.

4
Tmoney99 (14626) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
22 oz Bottle. Poured dark black with a average light brown creamy head. Aroma was moderate roasted malt with a nutty tone. Flavor was a complex heavy roasted malt, coffee and long heavy sweet finish. Full body with a light alcohol bite. Good brew.


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