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RATINGS: 3173   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a thick rich black with a large (2-3 finger) dense medium brown creamy head that lasted a good while, reducing slowly to just a little residue that was left clinging to the glass rather nicely. The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a very mild alcohol presence. The taste was malty and sweetly bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses early on, and then became a tad bitterer with a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time with the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit being present for a while before the alcohol presence became dominant. Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation. Overall an intensely tasty Imperial Stout with a lot of flavor and a strong alcohol taste that was hardly noticeable to the nose.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (802) - 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.

4.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dysenteri (228) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (951) - 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.

4.5
   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)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1687) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
escualope (13) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2480) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2017
22oz bottle from Redstone. 2014 vintage. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, soy, licorice. Roast and bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1320) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer 2014 vintage dark chocolate with a nice mocha head. Aromas of roasted malt bitter chocolate dark fruit. Taste is smooth creamy chocolate notes forward with vanilla and dark fruit in the finish. Wow.


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