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RATINGS: 2977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11656) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma has lots of licorice, some ink-like hard roasted malt, some dried fruits, a touch of smoke and vineous alcohol. Sweet licorice and chocolate flavour with lots of roasted malt and a hint of smoke. There is hoppy bitterness and a certain hop character, though hiding behind a lot of roasted character. Quite sweet, in fact, after the third sip, it feels a bit cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11384) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle @ thewolf tasting.
Pours pitch-black, a nice creamy brown head on top. Aroma is deep, dark chocolate, some coffee and light hops. Super creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is soft, light coffee, quite a lot of hops. Still, there is some degree of balance. A great Impy stout, but just lacks that extra something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11363) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Stone ‘08RIS-22oz bottle-pours a rich brown head that dissipates and black color. Aroma is drk malt, yeast. Taste is dark malt-roasty/licorice, yeast, some hops bite, smooth. Thanks to jwc215(BA) for sharing. 3.5 080510-04version- 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (11282) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Strong chocolate notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Chocolate, vanilla and some week coffee notes. Long complex great finish. Creamy palate. World Class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11116) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
bottle from ølbutikken. pitch black, smooth light brown lacing head. Looks perfect. aroma of roasted malts, cookies, coffee, pretty mild consdering the abv. very smooth. flavor is roasted malts, vanllla, licorice, boozy boost to the bitterness, ends quite hard roasted , bordering charchoal. The alc. sometimes becomes almost too much, yielding a peppery bitterness. apart from that the beer is very well balanced, and very full in the flavor. Palate is velvety soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10921) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle from martinboer, spring 2008 release. Almost black and opague. Dark chocolate, coffee and roast in the aroma. Roast flavor, malty sweet, with dark chocolate, espresso, raisin. Just as vinous as a RIS can get. Warming alcohol, partly hidden. Very well balanced, maybe needs a bit more time to fully develop. Thanks, Martin, for this rare treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10896) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
On tap @ Falling Rock poured an opaque black with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Palate was heavy and peppery. Flavors of coffee, burnt malt,and bittersweet chocolate. Possibly one of stones best beers IMNTBHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: IRS
Date: October 15, 2000
Mode: Bottle
Source: Norm’s, DC
Vintage: 2000
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: roasted malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor followed by an alcoholic burn, lingering malt finish, just OK, which is disapointing for stone

Name: IRS
Date: March 17, 2006
Vintage: 2001
Aroma: sweet alcoholic aroma with a touch of roasted
Body: thin body
Flavor: lots of sweet roasted flavor, nice fruity character, lots of sweet licorish

Name: IRS
Date: March 17, 2006
Vintage: 2002
sour milk

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: *** /4

Name: IRS
Date: October 12, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Falling Rock
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: black, wispy brown head, scattered lace
Aroma: sweet roasted and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of dark fruit
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted and bitterness go hand in hand

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: IRS
Date: October 01, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bacchus, Chattanooga
Vintage: 2004
lots more rich malt flavor with a good balance of roasted and chocolate malts, nice sweet alcohol character well balanced with a touch of licorish, a big and rich imperial stout that keeps getting better as it warms, no bitterness until room temp, stone has been redeamed

Name: IRS
Date: July 30, 2005
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black with a lasting thin brown head
Aroma: rich sweet roasted malt aroma, touches of ripe dates
Flavor: flavor has big hot alcohol up front on the first sip, once the alcohol fades some rich fruit character starts to come through and continues to enrichen, the alcohol never completely disappears, nice roasted and bitter finish, smooth body

Name: IRS
Date: March 17, 2006
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
lots of sweet licorish, still lots of hot alcohol,

Name: IRS
Date: November 02, 2006
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2004
heat is starting to fade allowing some roasted to come to the front

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Score: *** /4

Name: IRS
Date: July 30, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bacchus, Chattanooga
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black, nice brown head
Aroma: sweet licorish and vineous aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of chocolate, a hint of alcohol, a bit of ripe fruit, black sweet licorish that needs a couple of years to age

Name: IRS
Date: March 17, 2006
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005
rich chocolate and roaster, alcohol is very subdued compared to the 04,

Name: IRS
Date: October 07, 2010
Mode: draft
Vintage: 2005
Words: duckworths
Appearance: black, wispy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, sherry fruityness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate, touch of roasted, light bitter finish
Overall: getting sweet and fruity with age

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: ** /4

Name: IRS
Date: June 03, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet licorice and roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, licorice sweetness, lots of bitter dark chocolate character, the chocolate character starts to lighten after a while

Name: IRS
Date: August 18, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007
lots of smokey roasted flavor upon warming, still the bitter dark chocolate but the bitterness may be hop based rather than malt based,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: IRS
Date: January 01, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, fine tan head, sheets of drippy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, bitter dark chocolate, lots of tasty hops, only a hint of dark caramel sweetness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10846) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Deep black stout with a deep fruity chocolate and hops in aroma, and alcohol., almost like Cherry Blossoms. Deep sweet cherries dipped in alcohol and coated with chocolate. Hops well balanced thoughout. Excellent offering.(Sept. 2004)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
madsberg (10609) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2003 Bottled: Has a deep black colour. Huge head that last long. Aroma is very complex. Chocolate, roastyness, spices, cocoa etc. all in the aroma. Flavour is grand. Oh boy, this is nealy heaven. The balance of this beer is impressive. Alcahol is well hidden in the cocoa, fruit, roasty liqourice flavour. I bend down on my knees and pray that Stone breweries will last forever. Thanks again to Herbjones for sending this mighty brew to Denmark.

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