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RATINGS: 2970   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."

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2003
Limited Late Spring 2002 Release. Pours very thick into the pint glass. I could hardly hear a splash. The color is black with a huge brown/beige head that slowly reduces to a half inch and holds there leaving a nice dark lace all the way down. There is a fine carbonation. I caught myself repeatedly tilting the glass and quicly tilting it back upright to watch the fine bubbles try and catch up to the head. The smell is pleasant and complex. I notice hints of currant, raisin, black cherry, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee to name a few. There is a fine balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness along with the complex flavor. The taste seems familiar but difficult for me to describe and yes, exceptional. I wonder if all of the ingredients I used to describe the odor were put in a blender and mixed thoroughly, if this would be the resulting flavor. I guess I'd also have to mention the nougat like odors as well, but I'll never know because I will save some time and go buy another bottle or two. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy thick with a nice tingle from the carbonation. The 22 oz. bottle left me definately looking forward to my next opportunity to grab another. Bogartski may be an understatement commissar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oly (54) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Bomber to snifter at cellar temp. Black with quickly fading khaki head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bitter roasted malt with stone fruit. Pleasant enough, but nothing that stands out. The palate disappoints a bit, being thin and overly carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden, though. A decent enough stout, and certainly for the price, but not quite up to Stone’s own lofty standards, and also not up to the standards of what US microbreweries have been doing with RIS offerings of late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (489) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Smell is faint malt with some faint cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is heavy roast and malt with some mineral note. Medium body, medium carbonation, and some foam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (1173) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 29, 2015
Old rating. Pours pitch black, with a finger thick creamy dark head. Aroma is dark, burned malts, with liquorice, coffee and tobacco as well as cocoa and leather. Full, oily body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is burned malts, with coffee, cocoa and dark bitter chocolate, as well as notes of liquorice. Finishes off with deep lingering notes of cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1264) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2015
bottle from market street - Frisco. Pours a pitch black with a medium tan head. the aromas are chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. The mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a heavy body and good carbonation. Excellent brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cjmccahill (31) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2015
2015 bomber to snifter. Pitch black with fluffy tan head that settles quick. Smells of roast, coffee, chocolate. Not as smooth, heavy on palette as expected. Not too sweet, coffee, boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (68) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2015
Spring 2015 Release. Pours a pitch black, midnight color. Fantastic mocha-colored foamy head which settles with some lacing. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes of toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee. Creamy smooth brew that is very easy to drink and the ABV is wonderfully hidden. Stone has produced an excellent Russian Imperial Stout here that I found highly enjoyable and all expectations were met. Overall this is a stout that I would absolutely recommend to all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (407) - - APR 21, 2015
Look: pours dark. Tan brown sugary head. Brown hues on the edge of the glass. Smell: smokey. Chocolate bar. Alcohol. Coffee. Sweet malts. Taste: roasted malts. Light coffee. Chocolate. Feel: medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Overall: nice beer. Very smooth. Just a hint of alcohol burn could use a little age. First drank: home 4/21/15 Vintage: 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1730) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
Roasted malt flavored and some bourbon sweetness to start. Very boozy backbone with some hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes sweet and bourbon flavored with a slight boozy bite. Had out of a bomber at home. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4583) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee, roasted grains, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is a roasted grain and coffee bitterness with a dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with some licorice notes. Full bodied with moderate carbonation that satisfies the palate. Overall, this is quite a tasty imperial stout that is well balanced and deserving of a great tasting experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fezzy (100) - California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Nose: dark chocolate, bready malt. Appearance: dark as sin, mocha-brown head, lively on pour, thins quickly but retains and leaves lacing. Taste: licorice, burnt toffee, chocolate, wood. Maybe a hint of prune or raisin, but hard to get over the aforementioned overwhelming elements. Palate: oily, thick, but thankfully not syrupy. Overall: flavorful, complex, and strong. Not easy to drink, but enjoyable to experience.

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