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RATINGS: 3185   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Theres no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Im 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!" Thats 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Wow! Excellent stout. Best Stone brew i have had as a matter of fact best stout i have had (thus far) Pours a used motor oil black with a small dark tan head strong aroma of coffee and cocoa very rich and very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2007
poured into tall tulip. yeah, it is good. pours a dark ebony, with subtle head, nice lacing, Aroma is of strong smoked malts, crisp, and a hint of smoky bacon.. smoky on the flavor, smooth at first, and a sweet finish.. smoky and meaty presence, definitly a complex beer, each taste and scent brings something else out, you notice different parts of the beer with other pairings and foods, darn good, and darn complex.....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OStrungT (7) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
Just picked up a case of the 2006 release. This beer pours a thick tar like black. It has a dark brown head that fades a little fast. It leaves many laces. Absolutely no light shines through the murky depths of this beer. This beer has a rich coffee like aroma. It smells very malty. Roasted barley is present. It has a dark chocolate aroma also. It smells slightly hoppy. This beer has a strong chocolate like flavor. It tastes slightly of coffee. The alcohol content is apparent in the flavor. This beer is a little more hoppy than I expected. It has a small taste of dark fruits. Plumbs and rasins. This beer is very thick. It is low in carbonation. It is surprizingly smooth, considering how massive a beer as it is. It leaves a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down. Although this beer is high in alcohol, I have had it as a session beer before. I get a little buzzed, but it works. I think I could drink this beerall week long. I would like to install a drinking fountain in my garage that pumps this beer out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2007
The aroma was chocolate and strong malt and an estery bit of banana as the head formed. Through the head was chocolate, espresso coffee and and caramel. The beer poured pitch black with a dark brown head which rose slightly, held tightly, and laced the glass. The flavor was chocolate and espresso with caramel, toasted marshmallow, and more of the estery banana character. The chocolate and coffee worked very well together with the dark caramel and biscuity character. The roasted malts and bittering were well balanced with other malt and fruit and neither was overpowering working to hide the 10.8% ABV stated on the label. As the beer warmed a raisin and prune character began to emerge in both the aroma and flavor. The body was full and with a fairly low level of carbonation. The alcohol was really only a factor in the warming that occurred after consumption. A really nice RIS, banana esters when really cold, dark fruits as it warmed, great complexity. 22 ounce bottle. Spring 2006 release. $6.39.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (656) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle from last years production. Very complex tastes of roasted malt with fruit esters. Great concentration and mouthfeel. A truly satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Pours a jet black with a medium brown head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit with a hint of coffee. Great burnt taste with a big sweetness of dark fruit. Bitterness is there but it is overshadowed by the massive body that is definately chewy. This is my favorite Stone brew. I put it away for about 6 or 7 months and it was worth the wait!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Jet Black pour. Medium tan foamy head. Hops aroma, chocolate, coffe taste & finish. Very balanced hop/malt profile. Very Good Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2007
(Bottle, thanks Pelle) Pours black. Roasted aroma with blackberries and some other berries, liquorice, dark bread and dark malt. Light fruity undertones and hints of coffee. Maybe some tiny, tiny hints of dark chocolate. Roasted heavy salt flavour with some dark fruits, liquorice, dark syrup, dark chocolate and hints of dark bread.. Fantastic smooth mouthfeel. Ligering dark malt afrertaste with a medium bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Very nice aroma but the flavour is fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maverick34 (3142) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark, dark, dark. I mean really dark. Smallish head. Chocolatey aroma with rich flavor. Shockingly, not super heavy, IMO, a very good Imperial Russian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 5/06. Dark brown with brown head. Coffee taste with good bitterness. Side by side with Expedition and Siberian nights. More coffee in the taste. NIcer carbonation and mouthfeel than the expedition. Not as dense and flavorful as the expediton but easier to drink.

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