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RATINGS: 3222   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LagunaBeerMan (10) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
One of the best. If it werent for some great barrel aged beers this would be the numero uno. Out of every great beer ive EVER had, barrel aged included, this is one of the best. Its always superb and is always up to par with anything else youre most likely tasting. Buy as many as you can and hide em away. This beers a keeper and you should always have some around :) The espresso version is fantastic as well but I think the original is even better.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerlover503a (13) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimeon (112) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
czlowiekmotyka (233) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kapsel (291) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DroolYeast (1446) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2017 Tap (from 2015). Aroma is roasted, vinous, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Black with tan head. Taste is moderate- sweet and light+ malt bitter. Full body, oily feel and roasted finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llkc (2284) - rhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
Duft rist chokolade karamel svag rist smag rugbrd rist chokolade karamel kakao

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AntonyWilson (332) - 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 (1811) - 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 (3911) - 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.


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