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RATINGS: 3119   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (4010) - 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 I’ve 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 didn’t 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 we’re 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 we’ve cleared that up . . .

"Motor oil" indeed. Try as I might, I couldn’t 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 I’ve 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chouffe (8) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 First ... the pour. This beer is darker than any beer I have ever seen. Pours thick, motor oil consistency. The head...small & dense, is a reddish brown that I have never encountered before. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, raisins, and a complex array of smells...Flavors are similar, with an additional nutty, chocolate-malt taste that blends flawlessly together with a warming alcoholic finish that completes the package. Tastes are as rich & complex as I’ve experienced... I swear they change noticeably with every degree of temperature. The warmer it gets, the more complex it becomes. Gorgeous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
Aroma:Strong chocolate aroma.... appearance:Black,very light head... Flavor:Strong chocolate,alcohol,coffe,liquorice.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured a dense dark color with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is a bouquet of roasted chocolate, woodsy cherry. The complex viscous flavor warms your mouth. Nice smooth malty finish. The best Stone brew I have had!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 *2007* Pretty much the same as before but a more noticable roasted character is profiled. Nice moderate roast component on the nose and flavor. Steak, iodine, peat, mild hop. finish is long w/ a mild velvet hop bittering.****2006 Vintage. Score 5.0----- Poured a coal black super full nectar with a full, milk chocolate froth. Sweet, malty aroma. Not too sweet. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, smoked peat, with vanilla on the finish. Drink it ice cold. It’s so well ballanced I wanted another bottle. I can’t usually drink this all night long but I have to say, I really think I could with this one. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Highly recommended. ------ Vintage. Score: 3.7- Again, another over the top expression. This Imperial could be described as, viscous as motor oil, rich as bacon fat, a little on the dry side with the alcohol hidden somewhere in the back corner office. Not ballanced by any means and wouldn’t expect it from these guys. I get my allotment every year =)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Thanks RLB for giving me a generous glass of this. Aroma nice deep roast malt, chocolate, just enough coffee and some currant. Poured a thick dark almost black with a chocolatey colored head. Flavor was yummy, just as advertised in the nose with some additional vanilla and fruit undertones combine nice with the hops to balance it nicely. Palate was thick and rich with a creamy finish. I thought this was just sooo good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Had this on draught at Mountain Sun, Boulder. Beer poured with the appearance of rich motor oil—dark, nearly opaque brown-color with an average-sized, creamy brown head that left attractive arches of lace on the glass. The aroma was heavily malty with deeply roasted grain, chocolate and coffee with light notes of cookie; heavily hoppy with notes of resin/pine; and loads of miscellaneous components that included a trace of coconut and moderate amounts of raisin / dried stone fruit, coffee-like berry notes and wood. The flavor was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an extra-long, moderately sweet, lightly acidic, harshly bitter finish full of smokey retros. The body was full, the texture was creamy, the carbonation was soft and the finish was lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic.

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