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RATINGS: 3225   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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hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2003
Limited Late Spring 2002 Release. Pours very thick into the pint glass. I could hardly hear a splash. The color is black with a huge brown/beige head that slowly reduces to a half inch and holds there leaving a nice dark lace all the way down. There is a fine carbonation. I caught myself repeatedly tilting the glass and quicly tilting it back upright to watch the fine bubbles try and catch up to the head. The smell is pleasant and complex. I notice hints of currant, raisin, black cherry, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee to name a few. There is a fine balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness along with the complex flavor. The taste seems familiar but difficult for me to describe and yes, exceptional. I wonder if all of the ingredients I used to describe the odor were put in a blender and mixed thoroughly, if this would be the resulting flavor. I guess I'd also have to mention the nougat like odors as well, but I'll never know because I will save some time and go buy another bottle or two. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy thick with a nice tingle from the carbonation. The 22 oz. bottle left me definately looking forward to my next opportunity to grab another. Bogartski may be an understatement commissar.

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 (209) - 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 (2455) - 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 (30) - - 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 (388) - 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 (256) - 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.

DroolYeast (1464) - 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.

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