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RATINGS: 3226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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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MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 Fresh bomber. Pours near black with a huge, cascading head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee and a bit of earth/grass hops. Tastes of licorice, coffee, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. A bit hot. Heavy body. Oily and alcohol texture. Medium sweet and medium bitter flavor. Very nice all around.

keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 The Yeti Imperial Stout made me a tad gun shy of imperial stouts, but Stoneís Imperial Russian Stout is just perfect for me: strong, balanced, and full of flavor without being over-the-top. This one just might be my favorite beer

JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 2005 bottle. I wanted to hang on to this one until it hit the 2 year mark - so here goes......Nice looking, blackish pour with a reasonably sized tan head. Aroma is sweet with light hints of cream, dark chocolate, heavy espresso - like a visit to a fudge shop or candy store. Taste is a very smooth mix of creamy roasted malts, tangy chocolate with bits of espresso beans mixed in, with some thick & syrupy fruit flavors dancing around. Wonderfully smooth and enjoyable. Well done - one of the best around.

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 4/17/07, 2005 bottle, cellar aged 2 years. pours thick and pitch black with tan head that turns reddish tan when swirled. looks great, but the head doesnít last too long. nose has lots of roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, hazelnuts, toffee, caramel, and licorice. a really great nose. flavor is really very rich dark chocolate, dark bitter coffee, very roasty, black currants, and caramel. this is sweet but not cloying. mouthfeel is full and thick, but smooth and easy to drink. carbonation is nice and low but not flat. alcohol is very well hidden. the hops have faded at this point and malts have really come into their own. if you havenít cracked an 05 recently I recommend it cuz this has improved greatly since the last time i had it at 1 1/2 years aged. this is right up there with 2 year old expedition stout. iím excited that this is aging so well..4.3.

11/26/07, 2005 vintage aged 30 months. nose is same as above but perhaps some slight soy creeping in. flavor has lots of dark chocolate but its the black currants that iím really noticing for some reason, lots of roast and coffee in the finish. this continues to mellow and iím not sure if how more age will improve this. very clean finish with no alcohol noticed. really tasty but the palate seems to fall a bit short...4.2.

2/6/08, 2004 vintage, aged 3 years and 9 months (43 months). big thanks to JohnC for the bottle. pours very dark brown with a thin tan head forming. aroma is loaded with dark fruits, espresso, and dark chocolate. flavor has a bit of a tar charness to it but only slightly as it actually melds together nicely with loads of nutty and roasty dark chocolate with black currants finishing the palate out. extremely smooth and warming finish and a slick full mouth feel. i canít see this getting much better with age but i think it would hold up for a few more years. this is truly wonderful and the best bottle of Stone IRS Iíve ever had.4.3.

5/22/08, 2006 vintage (aged 2 years). sampled next to bourbon barrel version 06. pours black with tan head. nose of dark fruits, bready, licorice, chocolate. flavors of dark fruits, doughy, licorice, chocolate. aging really well but needs more time.7/5/7/5/16=4.0. 6/1/11, 2003 bottle vintage, aged for 8 years. aroma is a bit oxidized caramel chocolate , soy, flavors of soy sauce, chocolate, caramel, good tasting aged well. 3.7

drunkenemperor (12) - sincinnasti, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
2007, aroma of vanilla and chocolate, touch of coffee. Alcohol well hidden till it hits my empty stomach :) This brew is almost a little too well balanced for my taste as I prefer a massive hop overload but thats just me.Seems like I should start sampling the more balanced brews then hit the Simcoe double ipa and Moylan hopsickle, but as usual I do the reverse. I love the lable however as I am a screen printer and bottle collector...:)

gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
really impressive on a lot of levels. dark black, with a reddish brown head. a heavy, oily consistency coated the mouth and throat.

Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2007
8 oz. of 2004 RIS served in a snifter at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in San Diego. Served with a modest brown head atop a black brew. Aroma is of roasted malts and an edge of something wonderful; somewhat lighter than expected . Mouthfeel is full-bodied, super rich and creamy. Flavor just explodes with roastiness, a sour edge, some bitterness. The 2004 Dark Lord has a similar character, this has the presence of the Impy Stout íyeast puddingí but lacks the same viscosity. Beautiful lacing. I think iím goign to cry when I finish thisw glass.

Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2007
Deep dark blackish body beneath a standard quality brown-grey stout head. Abysmally sweet and robust, roasty, romantic flavor with syrupy residual detectability. Complex and hoppily gratifying piece of work. This is unbelievable!

LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2007
22 oz bottle. Labeled as Limited spring 2007 release. Pours black in color with small brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate and bitter.

skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2007
22oz bottle shared with Brie... very nice black pour with a small dark brown head that disappears quickly. The aroma is chocolate, anise, fruit, and alcohol. The bottle has a cool label and a couple of cool paragraphs on the back as usual. Stone rarely disappoints me. This imperial stout is top notch. The warm finish is spicy with subtle hops and the 10.8% abv very present.

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