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RATINGS: 2900   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."


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2004
easily the best of the stone beers we got from the bastard himself the other day when he was in town. a huge and powerful aroma of diesel, vegemite, bovril, liquorice and raspberry. taste is full-on tar and salt, viscous and heavy, then cleaned up with the usual stone blast of vegetal cohumulone bitterness. maybe needs more age? the sweetness and the bitterness don't blend together at all. nothing in the way of yeastiness, porty or fruity stuff that you get in other imperials, this is more like a concentrated dry stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2004
The color is black... a nice wonderful black. The head is a dark brown and quickly evaporates, laying a gental chocolate lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is sinfully strong, and assaults ones nose with aromas of smoked coffee,and currants. Such a strong aroma however does not speak falsely of the taste for that also is stonger than expected. The flavor is rich and dark, almost overpowering in it's potency, filling my nose with a dark fruit aroma followed by a mild coffee tinge. Overall the most rewarding Imperial stout I've ever tasted.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Dark chocolate and caramel flavor. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Bitter hops and thick mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
I know that this is *supposed* to be thick & syrupy, but man this stuff is thick and syrupy. Complex and bold, this is a great cool-evening-sipping brew and goes great with some quality belgian chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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 (2500) - 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 (4139) - 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 (4948) - 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 (2262) - 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 (3691) - 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.


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