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RATINGS: 3124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"There’s no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because I’m 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!" That’s 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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jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 22, 2005
2004 bottle. pours as opaque and dark as they come, a nice tan head as well. aroma is alcohol, roastiness, some coffee-somewhat vinous. flavor is coffee/roastiness up front, followed by some fruit/wine flavor, finishing bitter and roasty, with some alcohol warmth. pretty full mouthfeel, but not too thick. i’d like to taste this along with a speedway sometime. damn good beer.

entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Dark brown/ruby with a small tan head. Very full bodied and a nice alcohol warming. Roasted chocolate and coffee in the taste. My palate was swamped with a back and forth sensation from smooth, sweet and creamy to dry, bitter and roasted. This would go great with many types of dark foods.

aamademedrink (3) - USA - APR 16, 2005 does not count
This Imperial Russian Stout is INSANE...Now I have a reason to look forward to spring again. Thick Dark Color with a Tan head. You know youve died and gone to heaven when the first Aroma hits your nose. Then you Sip it.....OMG!!@...Is that my palate Doing the happy Dance?...it sure is..= D..Sweet malt Flavor mixed in with Stones Trademark Hoppiness and a Slight Taste of toffee.....Ive had the Bells and this beer is right up there, possibilly better

FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Matte black. Medium brown head, nice linger. Roasted coffee, sugar candy, cocoa, and near-anise aromatics. Very full but dry mouthfeel, particularly in the finish. Alcohol presence very evident at sub-serving temperatures, but mellows out a lot with warming. Roasty nose followed by huge currant sweet malt character. Even warmed properly, a rather alcoholic finish. This bottle has had a while to cool its jets, and has definitely melded flavors nicely.

Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Deep black-brown color with a cappucino-like head. Aroma contains roasted malt sweetness and a slight hops edge. Rich roased coffee and chocolate malt flavors. Creamy and mouth-filling. Well-rounded--alcohol character kept in check with a slight sweetness--with a full bitter hops/malt finish.

hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2005
dark, roasty, chocolate, coffee. Terrific. Nice thick dark head, awesome aroma, and terrific taste. This si just a damn good beer. I think I like bell’s Expedition a bit better, but this is up there for sure.

Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
I’ve been dyin for some of this stuff, thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringin some to Radekfest...by the time we were drinkin this, I was pretty wrecked but as I remember it was like most impy’s only drier and less creamy texture, good for sure, but I’ll need to rate this against a Bells expedition to know where it really stands.

SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2005
Late Spring 2003 release. Poured dark as anything black with a medium head. Great aroma, toffee, chocolate, coffee, cherry, licorice, roasted malts ... First sip ... Wow! I knew right away I’d have to look hard for faults. Full and thick, chewy mouthfeel. Flavor of toffee, chocolate covered cherries, some licorice, some other dark fruits thrown in, and surprisingly, the coffee was in the background. There was some slight hops bitterness, but again, in the background. As it warmed it became a little sweet, maybe a little too sweet (there I go, looking for the faults) with the chocolate and toffee. Throughout the entire glass, it has a slight alcohol bite (slight, considering the 10.8%). It finishes sweet and with a little tingle at the back of the throat from the alcohol.

This is getting wordy ... what can I say, it’s a great beer.

iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Pours an opaque black colour with a medium head.Burnt malt and coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Some eathy tones present. Thick body. Taste ,again, is burnt malt, datk chocolate and an almost espresso like coffee finish. Nice bitterness.

ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 I rated this sitting at the bar next to my good friend Slade at The Flying Saucer in Memphis (while skipping class, of course). One of the best brews I’ve had. Aroma and flavor is malty/chocolate. There is a most definite alcohol aroma and flavor. Great overall. Plenty of alcohol in this 22 oz. bottle. I had to take a break before I rated some others.

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