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RATINGS: 2856   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a very dark drown color with a thin brown head. Has flavor of coffee and roasted malt with a heavy palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Large brown/white capped head, good retention and lacing. Black, just black, opaque. Fruity nose, roasty and licorice, coffee beans. Full body creamy/chewy texture. More roast, coffee and faint vinous notes with a hint of smoke to boot. Alcohol is noticeable in the end, its ok though, works well with the roastiness. Finish is medium dry, big, dark grainy. A BIG brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Shared this beer with thedm for his 1000th rating! A small sized light brown head with fine sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a black hue. The nose was malty, dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol. The flavor was sweet, malty, coffee, alcohol, and some hop notes. The mouthfeel was smooth and this beer had very sparse lacing on the sides of my glass.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Stone Russian Imperial Stout Ratebeer Rating Number 1000 had to be a top 50 brew. This brew was in the frige and the highest on the top 50 list therefore.....This bottled brew, marked "limited late spring 2003 Bogartski while you can", poured a small head of fine to medium sized dark brown colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a gorgeous opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a good lace. The aroma can be smelled as soon as the cap comes off. Its a wonderful aroma of malt, coffee, mollasses and toasted caramel notes. The mouthfeel is initially smooth then hits with a big Imperial malt hop finish and a slight coffee burn. The flavor lingers well into the after taste to let you know "The Russians are coming!". The flavor is a complex mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted caramel, toffee, mollasses, malt and hops. After draining my first mug from the bottle I noted an oil on the side of my mug from this brew. Another rare brew that can give you the beer shivers! Definately a big beer deserving of a top 50 postion.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2227) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
Pitch black in colour with a coffee coloured head. Aroma of intense malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, huge roast. Flavour is very malty, rich, coffee, quite sweet, very full bodied and very roasty. Finishes with a long intense roasty bitterness. Thanks redlem for sending this my way.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
100% opaque through the middle, and at the edges there was an oddly hypnotizing yellowness. I couldn't find alcohol in the aroma, only roasted, rich, chocolate strains. Silky smooth with a burnt bitterness lasting long in the finish; again, so little alcohol noticeable. A bit sticky yet not; very drinkable as it doesn't seem as heavy as some in the style. My beer of the evening at my friends' annual Christmas beer tasting, 2003.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2003 offering. "Bogartski while you can!" Pours pitch black! I had to pour quite vigorously to get a decent head on it, but when it got there is was fine and brown. The head did last a while, though. Smells of wonderful coffee. Very malty, as a stout should be. I gotta be honest about the taste, though. It's good, but not *that* good. For a top-ranked beer, let alone an Imperial Stout, I was expecting something a little...more? Very stong coffee flavor is the first sensation. There's some caramel there as well. The hops also make an appearance, but they definately hide in the background. Mouthfeel is *really* thick and full. It's not quite syrupy, but almost. Drinkability is good. The high alcohol content is well hidden. I was expecting something more over the top both in intensity and alcohol taste. I gotta admit I'm a bit disappointed. This beer gets a lot of hype and I don't think it lives up to it. I *like* this beer, I just don't think it lives up to the hype. I grabbed an extra to age, I'll revisit soon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
fantastic imperial, very balanced. comes in such a big bottle, best to share it. very full bodied and satisfying. plus, it just feels cool to order one of those cool big bottles with the gargoyles doesn't it?

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Not my favorite style, imperial stout. This is my favorite though, of this style. Great body, and beautiful oily black appearance. I appreciated the dirt brown head (what little there was...) Very warm alcoholic digestion to this one... like the description says, this one is much better warm. At cold temps it tastes like steel. Almost like a dark barley wine with it’s heavy malty flavors of molasses and caramel, along with those roasted malts. Great full body. Good stout.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2002 bottle. Opaque with almost no head. Coffee, chocolate, and malty nose with a slight hint of hops and, dare I say, some fig-like notes as well; sweeter tones also. The coffee/roasted malt flavor predominates with a balanced finish. Surprisingly smooth on the palate and the flavor lingers well. However, the aroma was the best part of this beer. I wish that fig/fruit-like hint in the nose was more predominant. It definitely gets better as it warms. It also has enough alcohol to make my throat and stomach tingle a bit. A world class stout.


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