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RATINGS: 3216   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
pablothirteen (38) - - AUG 11, 2012
2012 edition, fantastic, everything I love about a stout. Rich and Full tasting.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AntonyWilson (323) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20, 2017
660ml bottle: Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, molasses and a slight note of alcohol. Full bodied, medium carbonation with a medium low bitterness. Really enjoyed the complexity of the malt bill. Overall a great winter beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingaugusta (270) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Pours near black with a nice but fine light brown head. Nose is a complex mix of soy sauce, dark chocolate, bread, coffee, and a bit of booze. The hops hit hard at first taste but the flavor profile quickly widens into a somewhat aggressive but well balanced stout. Alcohol heat is well hidden for its strength. Finish is modest and mostly lingering hops. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy_Luke (1802) - Poznań, POLAND - MAY 16, 2017
Stone Brewing na stałe zagościł w gliwickim Dobrym Zbeerze, żal więc było nie skorzystać. Imperial Russian Stout, wersja 2016 ma smolisto czarną barwę i niewielką, beżową pianę. Konsystencja oleista. Aromat intensywnie czekoladowy, ciemne owoce, wanilia, nieco kawy. W smaku czekolada, wanilina, suszone owoce, nuty kawy. Intensywne i przyjemnie. Alkohol rozgrzewa przełyk, jest bardzo fajnie ułożony. W miarę ogrzewania, coraz przyjemniejsze! Ogień!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (3902) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2017
Tap @MBCC2017, Red Session. 2005 vintage. Black, small beige head. Coffee, licorice and black currant aroma. Similar flavour, plus a little caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mieszal92 (180) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 13, 2017
Tap. Pitch black, rusty head reduced to a ring, no lacing, small film on the surface only. Mega dense, heavy, rich, essential, full body, similarly to their smoked porter- a tot of dried plums, coffee, cacao, little sour. Alcohol miraculously hidden, masterpiece! Very low co2, great consistency. Delicious! Edit: brings some barrel- related tones of coconut and vanilla

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Serapac (459) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2017
Bottle. Black, minuscule tan head. Roasted chicory, dark chocolate, subtle hints of cinnamon. Heavy body, texture more milky than oily. Sweet taste adds element of anise. Finish turns mildly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oberschlesier (19) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - MAY 12, 2017
Too much alcohol in aroma and taste. Otherwise it is good RIS. Nice oxidation - roasted fruits e.t.c.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ardeo (364) - Flmalle, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 1 PT 6FL OZ. 2016 release. Noire mousse brune moyenne laissant quelques mm durant toute la dgustation. Fines bulles. Armes : caf, chocolat, rglisse, rti, fum, un peu caramel, fruits noirs ... Bouche : pleine, ronde, malts rtis, pices, fruits secs (noisette ?), caf, alcool qui ne nuit pas lquilibre. Et une amertume plus que moyenne pour couronner le tout ! Great Imperial Stout !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1883) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2017
Bouteille. Couleur noire, assez opaque et pais. Nez de caf et grains et moka. En bouche, texture huileuse, torrfaction, caf, un peu de fruits. Une grosse bire. Excellente.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkujon (100) - POLAND - APR 29, 2017
Draft at Dobry Zbeer Pours deep, dark black with a slight tan head. Looks beautiful. Tastes just as good. Coffee, molasses, some burnt notes, and just that hint of hops that Stone always does well. Great beer.


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