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RATINGS: 3165   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Deep black with thin brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and french roast coffee. Very complex and the gravity of this beer cannot be hidden, except perhaps with age. Tastes quite spicy with a burnt taste. Mouthfeel is very heavy, oily, and very aggressive. Finish is quite long, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Holy God. This is a Stout and a half. Incredible size in every element in this Imperial. Indeed it warms the bones. I believe this is Stones finest craft by far. Typical super heavy coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolates in it, but wow are they brewed to perfection. Mouthfeel was syrup, but not too oily which is good. This stout is like a full meal in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
22oz - 2005 - Aroma is thick like every other quality in this brew, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and alcohol. Pours solid black with a very small brown head and no lacing. Flavor is heavy with coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Palate weighs a ton and sticks like glue. Very nice indeed. Im excited to taste it aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a wonderful medium-brown head.The nose is, as advertised, intense, with some fruit notes and a hint of anise. The mouth-feel is just what one should expect from an Imperial, oily and a little sticky. The flavor is outstanding, with chocolate, and currants up front, and a nice, hop-bitter finish to the brew. Truly an Imperial Stout to return to!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours oily black with thin light brown head. Aromas of chocolate syrup, espresso, caramel. Tastes like coffee and some fruitness. The coffee taste is not overpowering like some imp stous. Real balanced. Feels full and rich in the mouth. Finishes bitter, can definitely taste the bitterness and it lingers for quite a while.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
May be the best imperial stout Ive had. The head looks like pure chocolate when from the tap. Beer floats made with high quality dense vanilla ice cream are dreamy with this!!! (my new favorite dessert)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1610) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No light shows through the opaque black pour. One of the darkest brown heads Ive ever seen. Powerfully rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla beans and overripe plums. Packed with intense flavors. Starts off with some very sweet vanilla and dark fruity flavors and transitions its way to some milk-chocolate. Finishes with a roasty, black coffee bitterness that doesnt linger too long. Theres also some anise and vanilla extract present at this point. Pretty well-balanced too. Moderate amounts of warming alcohol throughout, and in the end its a little excessive. Thick and full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 pours a thick black with a thin brown head, aromas of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is a chocolate explosion, with some roasted malt/coffee flavor, this is a damn good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours oily black with no head. Aroma is coffee up front, with some chocolate, alcohol and faint hops. Flavor more balanced than aroma. As the coffee isnt as big a presence. Lots of chocolate and some dark fruits with the same hop finish. My 4.1 isnt bad, but just doesnt compare to Expedition IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2005 - Kinda congested today so I cant pick up the aromas as well as Id like...Still getting some black licorice and roasty aromas. Real thick head with some areas darker and thcker than others...fades pretty quickly. Certainly heavy...At first I thought Id be able to down it quickly but the density is catching up to me...I may have to savor it for a while. Not as much burnt coffee/alcohol bite as some Imp. Stouts. Very rich, creamy smooth. Slight hint of hops and alcohol at the finish. Look forward to seeing "Russian" back on the label next year!

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