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RATINGS: 2849   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
itfitz (10) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Wow -- this is one of the best-assembled Imperial Russian Stouts Iíve ever had. Stone throws their signature hops into this -- at first, the idea sounds dubious, but the result is more than pleasant. Make sure you read the back label. Itís hilarious and reflects the great sense of humor that the Stone guys have. But it also gives some insight as to how and why they did what they did to this stout. This stout is all about coffee. It pours looking like a faintly-ruby red motor oil, with a nice tan cafe-au-lait head. The aroma is again coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate, floral hops and citrusy fruit. Itís a quite-pleasing smell. Once it hits your tastebuds, the real fun begins. Not surprisingly, coffee jumps at you, but the chocolate and roasted malt follow on quickly. It is mildly-heavy, but less so than other Russian Stouts. You wonít want to drink more than 2 or 3 of these. It finishes well, the carbonation being replaced by a velvety smoothness, and leaving a great aftertaste. Stone has hit another home run with their version of an Imperial Russian Stout. Chtob vse byli zdorovy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (396) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Draft at Third Base. Make sure you let this warm up first. Pours deep brown with huge tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is delicious chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (592) - - JUL 6, 2014
Had in bottles and on draught over a number of years. Great stout - one of Stoneís best beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, 2013 version. Black with a one inch dense brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Taste is sweet licorice and milk chocolate in the background with a dark roasted bitterness growing and finish is medium bitter roasted with a sweet milky note. Texture is sticky, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (331) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
This beer is very unique and I really like it. The taste is a real hefty dose of roasted flavors with a bit of the alcohol bite as this ones pushing 11% here. Definitely a beer that the guys over at Stone take pretty seriously. If youíve actually found this in the store and they arenít sold out BUY IT! not for the newbie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeCue (97) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
2012 edition bomber poured into Stone IRS snifter...hehe! Pours a nice almost-back with some copper highlights with a finger-thick head, reducing to a medium patch of foam. Aromas are of liquorice, roasted malts, alcohol, and dried fruits. Taste is medium-sweet, somewhat bitter...honestly my tongue is a bit confused by this one...! Body is, sure enough, rather full, texture is slick/oily, and carbonation pretty low. The brew interestingly has some astringency in the aftertaste, which is also quite (but not overpoweringly) bitter. Overall: amazing. I wish I wouldíve bought two and drank one fresh, but I decided to age this one for 2 years. One of the best imperial russian stouts I have ever drank, the other one being Old Rasputin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (289) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Complex tasty stout. Purple-brown short-lived head, almost black color. Anise aroma, very spicy taste for a stout. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (524) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Aroma of licorrice, with a hint of malt and coffee, black colour, with a well laced creamy off-white head that slowly disappears. Taste of coffee, and licorrice, with a bitter finish. Creamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Great imperial. Dark brown pour with nice tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of liquor. Big flavor - roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Smooth rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (1461) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. The appearance had a nice dark brown close to a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was there as it speckled the glass adequately. The smell had a super nice blend of roasted chocolate tones to a slight coffee beans with light vanilla and anise. The taste was very nice as it allowed a super nice sweet and roastiness to invade the tastebuds in a slight boozy pummeling of sorts. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of sipping aspect assigned to this brew. The carbonation finishes roasty and smooth. Overall, this was a great RIS well worth your time and money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (2387) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
Keg at the brewdog agm 2014. Dark caramel, mahogany brown with a lasting dark tan head. Rather viscous and oily. Beautiful. Aroma is wood, hickory smoked bacon and coffee beans. Palate is luscious full bodied velvety on the tongue. Flavour is smoky oak, roast choc, caramel, slightly salted caramel. Solid.

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