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RATINGS: 3226   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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jexmachina (7) - Winter Garden, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours like warm molasses. Leaves a mocha head. Tastes like a delicious bitter chocolate with hints of oak and caramel. Not the best stout I've ever had, but a strong contender for top twenty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

neongolden (1607) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2017
(650ml 2015 bottle from Systembolaget web order) Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head and no lace. Aroma of milk chocolate, nutty roast, dried figs, dark fruit, vanilla ice cream, sweet dark malt, light coffee grounds. The flavour is drier than the nose would suggest, and roastier, with a nut and cacao character joining the burnt grains. Notes again of milk chocolate, dried dark fruit (esp figs and dark berries), vanilla, earth, char, ash, spent coffee grounds, dark caramel, and maybe some bittering hops. Off dry to begin, finishing bone dry with touches of warming alcohol. Medium full body, slightly oily, very soft carbonation. Probably slightly thinned compared to when fresh. Elegant, somewhat restrained, malt-driven complexity, far from a cloying sugar bomb, this is a good sipper that makes a nice shift from the contemporary adjunct-driven style.

murzyn (244) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUN 14, 2017
Wersja 2016 Barwa czarna, piana beżowa, niewielka. Aromat kawy, czekolady, wanilia, anyż, czarna porzeczka. Coś wspaniałego. W smaku gęste, oleiste. Alko niewyczuwalne ale mocno grzeje w przełyk. Wyczuwalna kawa, czekolada, wanilia, czerwone owoce. Spora goryczka palona. Dość wytrawne a po ogrzaniu trochę cierpkie. Pifko jest o dziwo mega pijalne. Mega ułożone. Turbo pifko.

wojanex (214) - warszawa, POLAND - JUN 3, 2017
Klasyczny, palono-czekoladowo-kawowy ris w stronę łagodnej wytrawności, bez żadnych udziwnień i dodatków - bardzo rasowy, może nawet z nutą balticporterową w smaku, degustując w ciemno mógłbym się machnąć. Bardzo dobre, w świetnej cenie, choć wora nie wykręca.

ciocanelu (2461) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 2, 2017
Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session, 2005 vintage. Aroma has dried fruits, most notably figs, also some spicy notes. Taste is really smooth with liquid chocolate, fudge and figs. More roasty on the finish, a bit astringent and bitter. Really nice development over the years.

JonasRaakjaer (31) - - JUN 2, 2017
Tap @mikkeller Aarhus (2015) Aroma: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Black with light brown head. Taste is light sweet with some bitterness from the malt and the hops, some chocolate as well. Oily mouthfeel.

LiwkoLiwko (389) - POLAND - MAY 31, 2017
Piwo z topu a, nie powala, choć nie miałem wygórowanych oczekiwań to i tak lekki zawód. Aromat niezbyt intensywny, mleczny, masłowy kremowy z czekoladą i kawą w tle. W smaku nieco lepiej z wytaźną goryczką.

beerlover503a (18) - Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Stone has out done themselves with this imperial Russian stout. It may be a little late in the season for some to be drinking imperial stouts but I am sure glad I tried this one as it was exquisite.

dimeon (211) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 29, 2017
A: Pitch black with a big brown head. Shine a light behind it, nothing gets through. N: Dark char malt, biscuits. T: Slighly smoky. The alcohol warmth provides a mild dark spirit note. Slight astringency that is not unwelcome in this style. Coffee, caramel. P: Full O: My kind of beer.

czlowiekmotyka (259) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Similar RIS to Ten Fidy from Oscar Blues. Kind of hard to find drawbacks but still is not intriguing or anywhere showing something special. Good value for money, tough.

Kapsel (320) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Kapsel is drinking a Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2016) by Stone Brewing Czekolada, kawa, szału nie było, fajne ciało, ale jakoś mi nie podeszło to piwo.

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