Stone Imperial Stout
Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial StoutStone Imperial Stout
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #875
Ranked #3,871
4.25 | pDev: 6.35%
Oct 23, 2023
Nov 13, 2022
Ask any hardcore Stone enthusiast about our most legendary beers and you’re bound to hear mention of this one. Nearly jet black with a fluffy hot chocolate-colored head, a goblet of this obsidian wonder held to the sky could block out the sun. Redolent with dark chocolate and heavy roast up front, gracefully supported by nuances of coffee, black currant, molasses as it finishes… this beaut is ageable for years. Some of us are still enjoying our bottles from the early 2000’s. So, to look ahead, what will your stock of the 2022 edition of the Stone Imperial Stout be in 2037?
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Reviewed by Oktoberfest from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pretty standard imperial. Probably best purchased in a bottle and aged to get the best experience. I bought a six pack of cans so I'll need to drink them immediately. Underwhelming, which I'm starting to think is trend with Stone stouts.
Oct 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bought at Wegmans in a 6 pack of 12 ounce cans.

L- Pitch black with a coarse tan head.

S- Smoky roasted aroma.

T- Bitter dark chocolate flavor with a
subtle hoppy bite.

F- Decent viscous mouthfeel.

O- Fantastic, no-nonsense flavor. Outstanding!
Apr 29, 2023
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned in a little 330ml stubby can and picked up today after work at Beermoth in Manchester City centre
Pours a jet black body with good tight if thin tan head
Aroma is ‘Spanish’ liquorice sticks
Flavour is Spanish hot chocolate and treacle
Apr 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz canned in late 2022; black body, opaque with a cap of mocha cream. A bit underwhelmed here, I was just hoping for a bit more complexity and more diversity, but this is a straight-up brew, nothing out-of-the-ordinary. Dry, roasty, coffee, malty, bitterness, dusting of cocoa, molasses, somewhat earthy and woody. Simple. Decent.
Apr 17, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by akk14 from Illinois

Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by chris826 from Mississippi

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4 by Noelito76 from New York

Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4 by mpenske from California

Feb 15, 2023
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has coffee and cocoa hints
The taste follows the nose with coffee and cocoa flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A well balanced stout
Jan 30, 2023
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L - Pitch black with a creamy smooth tan head that sticks around for a good amount of time leaving behind a thin cap and a good amount of lacing. This is a good looking stout
S - roasted dark malts, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, hops
T - follows the nose - roasted dark malts up front and throughout intermixed well with bitter dark chocolate and coffee with molasses and hops to finish. Some licorice as well
F - full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Smooth
O - honestly with everything being barrel aged these days, this stout feels relatively simple, but my god is it well executed. I'm not sure how much this recipe differs from the old Russian stout I'd had over the years, but regardless it's still a great stout
Jan 21, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 10.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate to low tan head. Nice aroma of dark malts and chocolate. Fine roasty flavour, notes of strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate.
Jan 19, 2023
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A bit surprised I had not reviewed this beer.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Very nearly black color with an excellent brown head and beautiful curtain lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate with a bit of vanilla and hint of coffee. Smooth, rich feel. Nice after hockey beer!
Jan 19, 2023
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 10/19/22; drank 1/8/23 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark tan head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Black licorice & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Black licorice & fresh earth flavors up front; mild chocolate notes & some booze heat on the finish.

This one's not for wimps, but it's pretty damn good. I'd have another!
Jan 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Tim91

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is such a good example of the style. Pours very dark. Bitter smell. Very full mouth feel. Immediate flavor. Complex until the finished. One of the few breweries that can actually make a good stout.
Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by joran from Kansas

Jan 02, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours very dark. Dark foam. Bitter aroma. A deep cocoa body. Dry and bitter. Not a lot of sweetness. Alcohol finish. I like my imperial stouts a little sweeter but it's still pretty good.
Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thick inky black pour, nice brown head, and some really nice lacing. Not much in the aroma department other than some roasted malts, taste buds say stale coffee, dark fruit, molasses. Thick'n chewy, just gheway I like my stouts. This stands with the best Imperial Stouts.
Dec 13, 2022
Stone Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 31 ratings