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RATINGS: 3121   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours oily black with thin light brown head. Aromas of chocolate syrup, espresso, caramel. Tastes like coffee and some fruitness. The coffee taste is not overpowering like some imp stous. Real balanced. Feels full and rich in the mouth. Finishes bitter, can definitely taste the bitterness and it lingers for quite a while.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
May be the best imperial stout Iíve had. The head looks like pure chocolate when from the tap. Beer floats made with high quality dense vanilla ice cream are dreamy with this!!! (my new favorite dessert)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1551) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No light shows through the opaque black pour. One of the darkest brown heads Iíve ever seen. Powerfully rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla beans and overripe plums. Packed with intense flavors. Starts off with some very sweet vanilla and dark fruity flavors and transitions its way to some milk-chocolate. Finishes with a roasty, black coffee bitterness that doesnít linger too long. Thereís also some anise and vanilla extract present at this point. Pretty well-balanced too. Moderate amounts of warming alcohol throughout, and in the end itís a little excessive. Thick and full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 pours a thick black with a thin brown head, aromas of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is a chocolate explosion, with some roasted malt/coffee flavor, this is a damn good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours oily black with no head. Aroma is coffee up front, with some chocolate, alcohol and faint hops. Flavor more balanced than aroma. As the coffee isnít as big a presence. Lots of chocolate and some dark fruits with the same hop finish. My 4.1 isnít bad, but just doesnít compare to Expedition IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2005 - Kinda congested today so I canít pick up the aromas as well as Iíd like...Still getting some black licorice and roasty aromas. Real thick head with some areas darker and thcker than others...fades pretty quickly. Certainly heavy...At first I thought Iíd be able to down it quickly but the density is catching up to me...I may have to savor it for a while. Not as much burnt coffee/alcohol bite as some Imp. Stouts. Very rich, creamy smooth. Slight hint of hops and alcohol at the finish. Look forward to seeing "Russian" back on the label next year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 2005 bomber. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma can be described as dark rich chocolate with a hint of plums and slightly burnt coffee. Tastes of fruits,dark coffee, and smoke. Definitely a great imperial stout, but I was kind of let down because of all the hype I heard about this beer. I can think of 5 other imperial stouts Id pick over this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Thanks to Kevin, The Dark One, for sharing. Pours dark black and thick. Head is retained throughout the drink. Aroma is a plethora of exotic chocolates. The flavor is heavy chocolate, with a faint coffee middle. The finish is cherry and smoke. A solid effort that results in a most gratifying drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUL 16, 2005
bottled, jet black, strong aroma of malt and chocolate, rather fruity for a stout, sweet and very full bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Update 2005 version: Just as frigging good as the 2001. Same tasting notes as below, alcohol shows a tad more but who cares. Let this bad boy warm up and your in imperial heaven, this is it for me, my all time favorite, 4 years ago I should have given it a perfect 5, well now its got it. Intense, boozy, full of aroma and flavor, rich and easy to drink for its size. The Imperial that sets the standard IMHO. Fantastic and as I said before, this is better then porno. Bravo Stone. (Spring 2001 tasting notes) Oh man. 100% black and opaque. Has some deep but slight ruby edges.Tan head dies quick. The nose..let me stress..as soon as I popped the cap the aroma hit me like a tyson overhand right. Burnt dark fruits(plums,raisons,currants)Burnt caramel, with notes of anise,cocoa and coffee. Best damn Imperial aroma ever. Thick and silky smooth in mouth. Intense flavors hit you hard. Raisons ,plums, sweet malt, roasted coffee ,cocoa ,anise and alcohol. All these flavors and it maintains a mellowness that I never had in an Imperial of this size. Masterful brewing. Flavor sticks forever but thats a good thing, I dont want it going anywhere. This is better then porno ladies and gentleman. Just enough hops to add another page to this magnificient story of a beer. Might be the best Imperial I ever had. Impressed to no end and I will be back.

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