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RATINGS: 3093   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle. Pours a beautiful black with a rich looking chocolate colored head. Nose consists of malt, chocolate, coffee. This stout is good. Godly good. Flavors leap out, such as Hershey’s Syrup, malt balls, plum, and a touch of spice. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Tried it on tap at Pizza Plant on Transit in Buffalo NY. Truly great IRS. Awesome blend of flavors of malt and hops. Curiously minimal roastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
2004- Pours thick, black, with a thin bubbly tan head. Aroma is licorice, bitter chocolate, coffee, alcohol, raisens, and a lil caramel. Alcohol is nicely covered but still gives you that warming feeling which is very pleasant because it is so subtle; the alcohol seems more in the 7% range. Smooth, heavy, the flavor isn’t as complex as the aroma would make you think, coffee and malt are the main tastes. A darn good I.S.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Color is as black as sin, thoroughly opaque, utterly dark, and well-endowed with a full, thick, lush roasty-toasty tan head. Aroma: Oh, goodness, gracious, golly! Sweetness, rich, lush, chocolatey, and burgeoning with a myriad of further flavors, dates, raisins, anise, molasses, maple syrup, dark, twisted, delicious...I’ve compared certain other Imperial Stouts to candy bars (Bell’s Expedition, to name one, whose glass I drink this from), and this goes a touch beyond that, without testing the boundaries of sweetness. Magnificent. Taste: No body could be fuller, no taste could be richer, the malt is thick and juicy, even, and the hops keep the tongue busy and happy. A complex melange, a viscous mouthfeel, constant tussel with the palate, insistent pleasure on the tongue. Now, the thicker, slicker, motor-oliy feel kicks in, but by now, you love it, or you’re out. Strength, too, sets it’s feelers out and begins to trickle into the feeling and the brain, as well. Sticky and treacly, though dark, and thoroughly delicious, if your tastes run like mine. It rolls around and around the mouth, washing all the senses with this rich, dark, utterly decadent flavor. Oh, what dark malts can do, for this flavor is so rich, so thick, so fully flavorful, this is decadence, indeed. Finish? There ain’t none! It just keeps going in the mouth! Mouthfeel? It is utterly dominant, thoroughly covers every inch of the senses...an amazing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 russian stout is good no!? as with all stone beers its very "in your face" dark as hell,very little head,and full of flavor. re-rate:loads of beef jerkey and smoke in the taste.thick as a brick.this is alot like world wide stout. 2005 rate:damn...no more russians. the 2005 displays a bit more chocolate,coffe,and malts...i love it. 2004 re-rate consumed on july 24 2005 one year of aging has done this beer some good.the edges have been smoothed out but the mouthfeel is still nice and full 2006 BOTTLE:lots of smoke flavor in this years batch.the alcohol is well hidden @ 10.6% 2006 RE-RATE ON 12-13-06:smoke flavor has mellowed with more sweet flavors upfront.(chocolate cookies,grahm,molasses.)alcohol has mellowed as well.RE-RATE OF A 2004 BOTTLE IN MAY OF 2007.:still black as black with a small dark brown head.a subtle yet wonderfully balanced aroma of raisins,chocolate,coffee,and alcohol.flavor boasts the same as the aroma....wow you wanna talk about balanced?this baby must be in its prime right now cuz i cant see it getting much better than this.simply awesome i must say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
No doubt this comes from Stone. Aroma is of black licorice annd huge cascade hops. Flavor is severely out of balance (to be expected). The dryness leaves the tongue slightly charred. I really want to love Stone's beers - I just can't get excited about this one either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Big, thick, strong, heavy beer. Massive burnt flavors of coffee, cocoa, and tar. Huge alcohol presence and burn. Black as pitch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Pours about as black as can be. Completely opaque, with a dark brown head. Sweet anise aroma. Heavy, creamy feel. Nice flavor, coffee, anise and molasses dominate until the bitter finish. The high alcohol is detectable, but not unpleasant. A very good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2004
100% opaque, black, head is light brown, somewhat lasting. aroma is heavy on alcohol and chocolate, raisins too, roastiness is rather mild. flavor has a lactose quality, dark fruits, chocolatiness and roastiness. this beer is delicious, but way too young. must rate on potential.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2004
moderately thick and velvety oily mouthfeet, definately has a bourbon like quality, the alcohol which weighs in at a whopping 10.8% is much better masked than some lesser middle weights. Even though this is quite young still, it is astonishingly smooth.

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