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RATINGS: 3176   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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 2005 bomber. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma can be described as dark rich chocolate with a hint of plums and slightly burnt coffee. Tastes of fruits,dark coffee, and smoke. Definitely a great imperial stout, but I was kind of let down because of all the hype I heard about this beer. I can think of 5 other imperial stouts Id pick over this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Thanks to Kevin, The Dark One, for sharing. Pours dark black and thick. Head is retained throughout the drink. Aroma is a plethora of exotic chocolates. The flavor is heavy chocolate, with a faint coffee middle. The finish is cherry and smoke. A solid effort that results in a most gratifying drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUL 16, 2005
bottled, jet black, strong aroma of malt and chocolate, rather fruity for a stout, sweet and very full bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Update 2005 version: Just as frigging good as the 2001. Same tasting notes as below, alcohol shows a tad more but who cares. Let this bad boy warm up and your in imperial heaven, this is it for me, my all time favorite, 4 years ago I should have given it a perfect 5, well now its got it. Intense, boozy, full of aroma and flavor, rich and easy to drink for its size. The Imperial that sets the standard IMHO. Fantastic and as I said before, this is better then porno. Bravo Stone. (Spring 2001 tasting notes) Oh man. 100% black and opaque. Has some deep but slight ruby edges.Tan head dies quick. The nose..let me stress..as soon as I popped the cap the aroma hit me like a tyson overhand right. Burnt dark fruits(plums,raisons,currants)Burnt caramel, with notes of anise,cocoa and coffee. Best damn Imperial aroma ever. Thick and silky smooth in mouth. Intense flavors hit you hard. Raisons ,plums, sweet malt, roasted coffee ,cocoa ,anise and alcohol. All these flavors and it maintains a mellowness that I never had in an Imperial of this size. Masterful brewing. Flavor sticks forever but thats a good thing, I dont want it going anywhere. This is better then porno ladies and gentleman. Just enough hops to add another page to this magnificient story of a beer. Might be the best Imperial I ever had. Impressed to no end and I will be back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sickgirl282 (3) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2005 does not count
pours an espresso really really dark color, with a light brown head with decent lacing. A creamy, long, not-so-sweet or acidic beer with an easy finish. The warmer it gets, the better the texture (smooth) and carbonation (softer) .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2005
(draft) First off, looks fantastic. black with a firm brown head, I was almost reluctant to drink it for fear of messing up the head. Flavor is a nice chocolate, with just a hint of bitterness about halfway through. I was a little surprised, and a little disappointed, that the ABV is so high on this one. Id love to be able to have more than one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Mmmm...this is a good one. Pours dark, dark brown with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells like you would expect: roasty, coffee, fruit, a bit of malt, anise, and a bit of hop presence. The flavor is similar. Not too sweet or cloying, very well balanced. The abv is warming, but not overwhelming by any means. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy with small bubbles, fluffy bubbliness when swished. This beer rules. Some night ill have to get a couple big bottles of this stuff and get tanked like a russian. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2004 bottle, for those who give a damn, courtesy of tpkenned. Decent thick pour and mostly opaque with some translucency around the edges when put to light. Midnight brown in color with a few isolated bubble islands for the head, but overall its fairly desolate. One heck of a nose - heavy roasted malts, black cherries burnt to the pit, dark chocolate and Starbucks espresso. Flavor unfolds with a decadent dance of dark chocolate and French roasted coffee. Vinous and melding, with a thick, chew-on-this attitude. Some nuances of flame licked pecans and ABV accents from time to time. Good Lord, good palate, like hot wax slowly seeping in from the snifter. Full-bodied and a big boy. Finish is espresso-laden with an uncanny warming overlay. Smooth, balanced and mellower than I imagined, but damn enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shrubber85 (11024) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle. Smells like an apple-raisin danish. Pours like thin oil - dark black with slightly tan head. Burnt chocolate, licorice, coffee flavors with a moderately astringent hops finish. Nicely drinkable and smooth.

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