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RATINGS: 3175   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (4436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 2008 release A: Pitch black body... tan foamy head with excellent lacing as it recedes... S: Lots of roasted malts.. mostly chocolate and coffee... T/M: Mirrors the aroma as for characteristics... blasts of fark chocolate and coffee... the roasted malts are superb... but... the finish just drops off out of no where... the length of the flavor in my mouth is way too short... you get all the malts and then wham nothing... full bodied and creamy, until the drop off.. O: A good drinking RIS... a little overhyped in my book...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kamanova_boy (76) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 23, 2017
On tap at Craft B33r Gallery. Magnificent stout. Strong creamy white head, black black colour, coffee, roasted hops in aroma. Rich body, coffee, black currant, roasted malt, bit of chocolate in taste. Long sweety, coffee finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chris__hartley (437) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2017 It pours opaque black; the head is caramel and marshmallow like. The aroma has notes of: chocolate, leather, anise, rum, raisins, toffee, oak, and cacao nibs. The taste is medium sweet that finishes heavy bitter. The palate is full bodied with very little carbonation; the finish is long and oily. Overall, finally a Russian imperial with balls - most don?t deserve this term.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (813) - HONG KONG - FEB 13, 2017
Pours thik pitch black, with a small brown head, some spotted lacing. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and licorice. Slick mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth, strong roasted malts, some booze, dark berries, vanilla, caramel, licorice, some cocoa. Typical Russian close to perfection. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coolunclesony (41) - DENMARK - FEB 10, 2017
bottle bought at "Beer and Wine Place" in Seoul Traditionel heavy imp. Stout smell with tons of booze, licoriqe and coffee. Full body and a taste that match the smell the finish is pretty bitter. This beer has impressed me for more than ten years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
d_julien (11) - Laval, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Bonne bire, je ne suis pas fan des produits de Stone, sauf la Self-righteous qui au contraire est une de mes meilleures. Bien balanc, beaucoup de saveurs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dysenteri (230) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2017
Bomber from SB. 2016. Pitch black, beige head. Chocolate, cofffee, whiff of prune, raisins, df. Dark fruity in the mouth, more dark fruity than earlier years, and its not in a good way Im afraid. Still good though, but not as good as I thought.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (958) - BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2017
2016 Release. Zwart bier met beige schuim. Geur: zoet, zwarte chocolade, gebrande mout, zoethout, alcoholisch. Smaak: zoet, koffie, gebrande moutbitterheid, alcoholisch. Goede koolzuurprikkel. Volmondig. Afdronk: wat kleverig zoet-bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (248) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2017
Coffee, licorice, hint of molasses & soy sauce. Thick mouth feel, prickly carbonation. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark berry skins. Fantastic beer BUT tough to justify buying more at $11 (650ml) when Old Rasputin is available for $7 & Ten Fidy for ~$9 (Bottled 03/13/16)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1699) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle. Finally another one of the classics. Pours black with a darkish brown foam. Aroma is coffee and liquorice, some chocolate in between, also booze. Body is heavy and sweet, rich, oily. Low carbonation, but it does the trick. Smooth palate, sweet. This must be one of the beers which was revolutionary when it came out, but today it doesnt live up to its reputation anymore. Still a nice IS, but far from impressive compared to a modern lineup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
escualope (14) - MADRID, SPAIN - JAN 29, 2017
2016 Release. Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Dark brown almost black color. Black chocolate, roasted coffee beans, caramel, hints of liquorice. On the palate is super smooth, round and balanced. Youd never say the abv is almost 11%. Long finish. In spite of being such a monster, its very pleasant to drink and enjoyable. Outstanding.

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