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RATINGS: 3121   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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.

vami (535) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Tap at Ministerstwo Browaru. Pitch black with great head, wonderful licorice, raisins covered in milk chocolate, ripe prunes, cocoa. One of the best imperial stouts.

GarageBrewer80 (609) - SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2017 Lagrad flaska från SB. Bäst före dec 2016. Svart kulör med liten skumkrona. Doft av mörk choklad, kaffe och rostad malt. Smak av detsamma. Söt och lite syrlig munkänsla.

DonGregorio (552) - POLAND - NOV 3, 2017
Shared 2016 bottle. Pitch black beer with beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dried fruits, dark fruits, roasted malts and light licorice. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter, of chocolate, dried fruits, ripe cherries, light licorice, with notes of coffee, roasty. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Classic, sweet, very tasty RIS.

Maracuja05 (1776) - Mainz, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2017
24-09-17 // beer flight, from draft at Stone Brewing Tap-Takeover at Naiv in Frankfurt. Deep black beer with a nice beige head. Classic Imperial Stout, just perfect brewed, no additional adds, just a clean Imp. Stout. Roasted malts, coffee, some choclate, liquorice, a Little boozyness, all well blanced.

AssKicker (657) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - OCT 31, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2017 Bouteille de 75cl. Couleur brune foncé avec un voile rougeâtre. Mousse éphémère. Nez très très boisé et un peu vanillé. En bouche c'est très sec et boisé, un peu Porto et fruits secs. Bière plutôt violente, faut aimer.

Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Nov 2006 Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp-2006 bottling) a pitch black with a smallish head of dark brown foam that quickly shrunk to just a fine ring around the glass and soon after that, it was gone as well. The smell is strong on the caramel malt with notes of chocolate and coffee. The taste is really big on sweet and roasted malt up front with strong flavours of chocolate and coffee that add some nice complexity. The finish brings some nice hop bitterness and there's a touch of alcohol there as well but it's not overpowering as long as you just sip on it and...that's what this brew is all about. A very good sipping RIS that more than satisfies after a 22oz serving. Body wise, this is a very "chewy" Stout and makes for a really great mouthfeel. Yum, Yum, Yummy. Bottom line: This is a top notch sample of the style and everyone should get a chance to try it. I highly recommend it! PS: I've got one more bottle of this and a bottle of the 2005. :^) Update: Drinking my second bottle of the 2006, I poured it into my NB goblet and there was lots of nice foam and lacing and it lasted for the entire session.

Daboch (172) - Gdansk, POLAND - OCT 15, 2017
Ładnie się prezentuje czarnobrunatny kolor obfita piana. Aromat gorzka kawa, gorzka czekolada plus kakao. W smaku podobnie wysoka goryczka. Dobre

SinH4 (6265) - Garching b. M�nchen, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2017
2016 bottle, many thanks William! Pitch black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is strawberry, roasted, chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A bit oxidized in the back. Very good, classic Imperial Stout, with the right amount of sweetness.

varanid99 (1345) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2017
2015 edition. Black with a decent tan head. Roasty, chocolate, coffee, slightly boozy aroma. Coffee, roast, cocoa, dried fruit, vanilla flavours, gets better as it warms up. Nice one

vincentvega72 (887) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2017 Zwart met romige mokkakleurige schuimkraag die langzaam inzakt. Koffie, chocolade, lichte roast, beetje hazelnoot. Mooi in de neus en in de mond. Droge bittere afdronk. Knalstout.

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