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RATINGS: 3103   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbeahler (46) - USA - DEC 24, 2012
22oz bottle shared with family on Christmas eve. What a decadent beer. Pour generously into my snifter, thick like used motor oil. I gave it a hell of a pour resulting in a nice 3 finger dark brown head, solid. Lingered and left some nice lacing. Super aromatic, wonderful cocoa and roasted coffee, dark currant flavor and a little licorice. Taste is perfectly balanced, sweet robust chocolate malts, anise notes and dark fruits, raisins and currants. Deep coffee and roasty malty flavors ease in as the nice citrus hop and molasses finish up. Nice aftertaste of sweet fruits and caramel, I could drink this all fucking day. What a beautiful stout. Mouthfeel is perfect for what it is, thick and syrupy, chewy, little carbonation livens up the heavy palate. This is an incredible stout I would love to try the bourbon treated version. If you like this I would highly reccomend Ten Tidy by Oskar blues. Excellent job stone.

alteregoo (1502) - Kalisz, POLAND - AUG 22, 2017
Średnia, lekko sycząca piana, prawie czarna, nieprzejrzysta barwa. W aromacie mleczna czekolada, praliny, toffi, jagody... W smaku dość słodkie (ale nie ulepek), tu także mleczna czekolada, kawa cappuccino, karmel, espresso, lekka ziołowa pikantność, tonka. Goryczka średnia do niskiej, palona. Ładnie ułożony alkohol (z tym, że piwo spędziło prawie półtora roku na leżaku), wysycenie niskie do średniego, półpełne, delikatnie lepkie, wyklejające w odbiorze.
Tradycyjny, klasyczny RIS - ogólnie pozytywnie, ale z małym minusem za nieco zbyt wysokie wysycenie i odrobinę wątłe body...

dzudohonor (189) - POLAND - AUG 21, 2017
nie ma co pisać o tym piwie, szkoda słów, miejsce w TOP 50 to nieporozumienie, posłodzony cukrem trzcinowym sos sojowy

heman (1048) - Tychy, POLAND - AUG 21, 2017
Aromat średnio-intensywny, kawa, gorzka czekolada. W smaku pełne, gorzka czekolada, kwaskowata kawa. Goryczka wysoka, nieco alkoholowa, posmak gorzkiego kakao.

gr_pa (730) - siemianowice, POLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Dark brown, nice head. Aroma: cocoa, chocolate, dark caramel, vanilla. Full body, medium to higy sweetness, high bitterness. Taste: cocoa, bit malty, subtle alcohol, harsh bitterness.

Trolleo (1625) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 17, 2017
Black color with small sized white head. Aroma of alcohol, some caramel and medium chocolate. Lots of chocolate in taste, some sour fruit in aftertaste. Medium body, average carbonation. Nice roasty chocolate finish. It is good, but expected much more.

AtronSeige (1597) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 16, 2017
Aroma: Medium chocolate, coffee, caramel. Light licorice, tobacco Appearance: Black, opaque body. Flavour: Medium licorice, bitterness. Dry finish with licorice, tobacco. Mouthfeel: Full body. Medium carbonation. Light warming. Overall: Rich and powerful. Very nice! 660 ml bottle, poured. Big Beer Tasting I 20C. Imperial Stout

Fules (1270) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2017
Kicsi, nem túl tartós hab, fekete-bordó szín. Enyhén konyakos, csokis, kakaós, aszalt gyümölcsös illat. Édeskés, csokis, kakaóporos, kissé kávés, aszalt gyümölcsös ízek, egymással szuper harmóniában, hosszú, kissé száraz, kávés lecsengéssel. Testes, közepesen szénsavas, erősen keserű. Nagyon finom sör, kiváló arányokkal és egyensúllyal.

TychoJames (1335) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2017
Flaska systembolaget. Svartbrun vätska. Djup doft av rostad malt, mörk choklad och kaffe. Mustig smak. Mörk choklad och rostad malt. Fin balans i munkänslan. Lite sötma, lite strävhet, lite besks och förbaskat fyllig.

japppp (152) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2017 Draft @Konttori. Dark brown color with thin light brown head. Aroma has sweet maltiness. Taste is very well balanced and warming. One of the best!

kustie (1217) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2017
[email protected] Opaque black color with brown creamy head. Aroma has dark malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, Taste is malty sweet with long bitter aftertaste. Flavors of cocoa, dark malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, plums. Very nice smooth mouthfeeling.

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