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RATINGS: 3219   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
weissblau (19) - - DEC 10, 2012
Draft. Pours extremely dark with a gorgeous brown head. Wonderful aroma - rich and chocolatey with a hint of anise. Flavor is very sweet and reprises the aroma - chocolate and anise. Sweetness starts to be cloying after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kapsel (289) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DroolYeast (1445) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llkc (2276) - rhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
Duft rist chokolade karamel svag rist smag rugbrd rist chokolade karamel kakao

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AntonyWilson (331) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy_Luke (1809) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (3907) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mieszal92 (185) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Serapac (461) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oberschlesier (26) - 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.

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