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RATINGS: 3105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6643) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2013 I have had this one sitting around for quite some time - I believe that this is the 2004 batch. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge dark brown head that lingered. The aroma is very strong sweet chocolate with moderate roasty malts. The flavor is strong roasty malts with a tangy middle and a moderately sweet chocolate on the finish. There is a strong floral hop presence throughout. Roasty chocolate lingers on the finish. The beer gets much more bitter and a bit of an alcohol burn comes out as the beer warms. Exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle(room temp Ė July 2005 release): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a bid foamy dark brown head with pretty good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee. Roasted caramel malt are easy to distinguish with some very easily distinguishable coffee. I was expecting a bit more complexity (liquorice, chocolate, plumsÖ) or even more hops. Body was quite full and alcohol was well hidden. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout but I was expecting a bit more complexity and I still have to say that I would drink Expedition over this any day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a deep blackish brown with faint reddish tan head. Nose is roasted dark malts and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is thinner than expected, with thick chocolate notes and sweet malts with a crisp hop bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer has a an aroma consisting of molasses, malt, coffee, anise, caramel, and a mild hint of smoke. It is a black solution with a thick caramel colored head. This thick smooth beer is rich and creamy. The taste is an infusion of coffee, molasses, and dark caramel. The dark caramel taste lingers well after swallowing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ghstride83 (4) - Hemet, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006 does not count
Is one of the darkest beers I have ever had. Full of dark robust flavor. Dark in color as well as taste. Canít necessarily describe itís taste. After taste is kinda harsh but thatís the way I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
After 43 rounds, I throw in the towel. Iím poured what seems to be an all too big helping of Stone Imperial Stout. I know I wanted the dark, heavy stouts at the beginning of the night. But, man, that was the beginning of the night. What I want now is a sack full of sliders. I sip at this one. On top of everything else itís black licorice sweet and my stomach is letting me know its displeasure. But itís so good. Still, I obey the warnings of my body (for once) and just put the glass down truly satisfied. Now if I can just get my ride home to stop for some Krystals.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (4001) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
22oz bottle, early summer 2005 edition - Pours thick and deep, deep black, as is typical for the style. The aroma is all about roasted chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and full, coating your mouth with well balanced malts with notes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. The finish reveals a bit more hoppiness and lingers pleasantly. This is a very fine beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
9er (88) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2006
OMG!! This is another dayum good Russian Imperial Stout. This is the most well balanced stout Iíve tasted. THe palate is even from sip to swallow and the aftertaste mellows pretty on the tounge. It is slightly sweet and reminds me of rasins and maple. The texture is mild and not heavily carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
2005 bottle without the "russian" on it.......you really have to chew through this amazing brew....starts out sweat almost milk chocolate, and fades into bitterness in the looooooong finish......after the first sip of this beer i almost didnít want to finish it because then it would be gone......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Feb. 23, 2006

No offense to the Russians, but what weíre looking at here is labeled as Stone Imperial Stout in a 22 oz. "bomber." ABV is listed on the bottle as a whopping 10.8%! The bottle bears the legend Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No sign of this particular brand on the Stone roster, so I assume this is where it should be rated? Well, now that weíve cleared that up . . .

"Motor oil" indeed. Try as I might, I couldnít get any incandescent light to shine through my full glass! A remarkably heady aroma of chocolate, coffee and ripe dark fruit pulls no punches as to what awaits the taste buds. Extremely powerful without being too overwhelming, there is also -- not unexpectedly -- a strong alcohol presence. This stout is a monster -- as full-bodied as anything Iíve tried -- and definitely not for the faint of heart.

In summary, this is a first-rate concoction from a first-rate brewery. However, the elephantine nature of this beast makes it best held to only one or two encounters per year.

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