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RATINGS: 3216   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle. A bit overrated. Perhaps I had too high of expectations. Pours like used motor oil with very little brown head. Perhaps it was just too much for me to appreciate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Black as ink, rich, dark, choclate-ey. Difficult to take in at first. well worth it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4180) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 2006 Release; opaque black with a tiny brown head. Aroma gives coffee, chocolate, plummy notes, and hops. Flavor features coffee, chocolate, malts, with smoky hop notes. My favorites are stouts, so I love this one! 9/5/9/5/18 4.6 2008 bomber from Westchester Liquors! Nose of roasty coffee, chocolate, with a bit of raisins thrown in; black with a medium cinnamon tan head; falvor is coffee, chcolate, light hop bitterness, and a raosty, smoky undertone; finish is light hops and smoke! 8/4/4/9/5/17 4.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2006
I have had a few bottles of the 2006 version of this stout. I have heard that the past years are better, but unfortunately I wasnt able to find these until 2006. Pours a very deep black hue with a rice-crispy head (snap crackle pop). Dark fruits, coffee and a bit of bakers dark chocolate pull through well, but I noticed a bit of an undesirable bitterness that I didnt care for too much, not exactly a hop like bitterness, more of a harsh astringent bitterness. The head didnt last long at all, but at nearly 10% you cant really expect that. This is a thick brew, which is really good given the style. Overall this brew is above average as far a stouts go, but nothing that blew my mind away. I would rather have an Oak Aged Yeti, but thats just me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 almost perfect. drank a bottle last week and almost peed my pants I was so happy.. . . have another bottle and will write a better review when I open it . . . OK. Everything you could want in a beer is here. Presence, stature, fullness, flavor, excellence . . . what more needs to be said? If you could only drink one beer the rest of your life, and this was the one, you would be living in bliss. do I need to connect the dots any more directly?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 29, 2006
22 oz bomber of the 2006 vintage. I remember this beer being much bolder in the past. I still enjoyed it, but I had this one and a Viking Big Swede, and was suprised at how much more impressive Big Swede was when I did a side by side tasting of the two. That being said, this beer is still excellent, and an Impy well worth trying. Stone Russian Imperial pours to a jet black color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fragrant with aromas of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and hints of cracked black pepper. The palate is firm, with good dark chocolate, roast, and coffee flavors, paired with hints of licorice. This beer finishes with more big dark chocolate and coffee, then ends with a light, warming burn. Good Imperial, but Ive have enjoyed other example much better than this one. When I did my Impy tasting recently, I found Viking Brewings Big Swede more impressive than Stone Russian Imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2006 release. 22oz bottle
Pours very thick and very black with a small tan head. As mentioned by others, aroma is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. Dont even think of drinking this one cold. Its metallically bitter if you do. Once it warms, my goodness. So smooth. Coffee. Chocolate. Malt. All roasted in perfect harmony. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricedw3 (2) - USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
Most complex beer that I have ever had. I enjoyed the bitter aftertaste. I couldnt detect any pine from the hops. I enjoyed the mouth feel and finish. Very thick and satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
One hell of a beer. 22 oz bottle: pours more like used oil than I have ever seen dark dark thick black. Aroma of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor is even more complex: dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, anise, black current, a bit of pine on the back of the tongue from the hops. Alocohol on the finish is sweet but balanced. velvetly smooth palate the thickest I have ever felt. This is a must have. The best that I have had thus far. CHEERS!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle 1 pnt 6ozs. spring 2006 release. Pours very thick and heavy almost lumpy, and leaves this thick carmel color head. With awesome flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, with an incredible hoppy bitterness finish. This is an extraordinary beer, once again stone has hit the mark giving us this wonder!!!!

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