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RATINGS: 3187   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2013
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Bomber. Clear dark brown with a thick, tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, light coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, raisin, and a dry alcohol finish.Medium bodied, smooth, thick and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1848) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. 2014. ABV11%. Pours deep dark brown with brown minimum head. Aroma: dark chpocolate, cold dark coffee, roasted, dark plums, woody. Taste: roasted, chocolate (dark and milk), some nuts, coffee, dates. Full body. Bitter finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (6050) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2017
Black with thin head. Aroma has some mocha, vanilla and chocolate. Flavour is similar with a creamy milk chocolate feel. In the aftertaste theres a nice dry, peppery bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (2459) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2017
22 oz. bottle, consumed on 2-12-17. Bottled on 03/22/13, so it has had nearly four years of aging. 2013 Classic Release. Scents of clay, milk chocolate, and chocolate-covered raisin. Also dried apricot, peanut dust, and malted milk balls. Good smell, but Ive smelled much better, especially within the style. A lot is going on in the aroma, and it has a fair amount of complexity, but its not outstanding beyond that. Pours a rich, dark brown with a small to moderate amount of sable head. Nice appearance, although not outstanding for the style. The head is short-lasting, unfortunately. Dry, bitter, tarry flavor reminds me of burnt bread crust. The flavor, to the beers benefit, is much more bitter than the sweet-leaning aroma suggests. Coffee with some spice (cinnamon and chili pepper). Mulled apple cider. Medium body, on the light side for the style. Decent liveliness. Forgettable and nondescript palate effects. Im surprised I havent rated this beer previously. I dont think aging has done this beer favors, although one would expect an imperial stout to hold up well to the aging process.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (2621) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 18, 2017
0,66l bottle at home bought from Beerlovers, Vienna. Bottled 03/23/2016. black color, medium big dark coffee-colored head. smells of licorice, earthy, coffee, bitter chocolate, lightly roasty, nutty, marzipan, light dark fruits, bit peppery, some sherry. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes licorice, earthy, light sherry, bit peppery, coffee, bitter chocolate, also some milk chocolate, some dark fruits, raisins, light cardboard, nutty, hazelnuts. finishes lightly dry and roasty with notes of nuts, dark fruits and some chocolate. quite decent but also expected quite a bit more, a bit heavy on the sherry. Might be better fresh, but also the shop I bought it from is not great with storage, so that could be an issue too. If I have a chance to drink it fresher I might give it another try.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
googleimage83 (127) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2017
Nearly pitch black, faintest ruby red halo at the very top. Good heavens, what an aroma - currant, fig, cherry, maple, coffee, oak, a tiny bit of alcohol that opens it up but isnt at all harsh. Taste is sweet and mellow. The fruity profile is most dominant here - lots of cherry and fig, vanilla, some licorice. Traditional coffee/chocolate stout flavours are background notes here. Reminds me a lot of a belgian quad actually. Viscous and hefty. As if something with both "Stone" and "Imperial" on the label would be anything but fantastic - perhaps not as aggressive as that combo would suggest, but its pretty impeccable nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hohops (922) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2017
2015 bottle. Appearance- jet black, opaque, a small fizzy tan-coloured head. Looks mean. Aroma- rich roasted coffee, leather, treacle toffee, vanilla, roasted dark malts, booze, dark rum, cocoa-rich chocolate, fudge cake. Booze dark fruit hints- blackberries. Taste- espresso coffee, liquorice, dark malts, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, leathery malt, chocolate brownie, rich roasted after-dinner coffee beans. Long sticky finish. Full and thick mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Chewy in the finish. Rich but easy to drink. Exceptional stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator63 (26) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Black as midnight draft in my pint glass, one of my all time favorite stouts. Strong flavor, molasses and some roasted coffee, great pure stout aroma, I love this one dearly. Have it everytime I visit Yardhouse. A stout lovers steady and dependable go to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (373) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2017
650ml bottle from LCBO. 10.8%alc/vol. Pours an opaque dark brown colour with one finger of lasting head. Lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is intensely complex. Sweet chocolate on the front, then some dark fruits, and plums in the middle and finishes dry and hoppy with some metallic notes. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent IRS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
copestx (198) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2017
2011 on tap in Austin. Lots of molasses and syrup along with the coffee and roasted malts. Sweet but not too sweet. Warming alcohol. Quite nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MCShann (15) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Classic Imperial Stout. Not as heavy as I expected but truly a great beer.

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