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RATINGS: 2940   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
On tap @ Falling Rock poured an opaque black with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Palate was heavy and peppery. Flavors of coffee, burnt malt,and bittersweet chocolate. Possibly one of stones best beers IMNTBHO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours almost pitch black, with a big brown head. Aroma is big, roasted malts, licorice, some coffee and notes of bread. Taste is sweet roasted, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Long roasted/coffee aftertaste. Truely a great stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Pours pitch black with a thick chocolate colored head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, very strongly. The taste knocks you on your ass and asks you how you like it down there. Intense coffee malt and bittersweet chocolate notes, that burn into your taste buds and won’t let go. I waited a good forty second after the first sip and could still taste the beer in my mouth. Stone does it again with another phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Oily black pour with a delicious looking layer of dark tan head that leaves a nice fine skim of lace. Wonderfully integrated aroma; a fine textured roastiness, like a freshly pulled shot of espresso. Toffee and rum seemlessly blend with the roast. A surprising amount of buttery character, but it feels intentional, like a nod to the stouts of Samuel Smith. Smooth and firm, but surprisingly gentle dark chocolate flavors, with a little coffee, a bit of dark pit fruit. Big and mouthfilling, but not harsh. All in all rather understated for such a big beer. Not to say it isn’t full flavored--it just seems to do an unsually good job of balancing all the flavor contributions. This was an ’05 bottle, but it tastes like it has already been well-aged. (Bitterness receeding, finish getting a bit more dry, flavor components blending artfully.) Wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bomber from Ohiodad. Pours a nice thick black color with a foamy brown head. Nose is very roasty, chocolatey and quite a bit of hopps. Taste is chocolate and coffee, big hopps in the finish. Palate is very smooth, then tingly and bitter. Excellent brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Pours a thick black. Strong sugary aroma. Flavor is intense and complex. The alcohol came through stronger than other imperials I’ve had, a little more than I would like, but still another great beer from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1364) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2005 bottle, very nice. Loads of think dark burnt malt present in the nose. Also smells sweet, toffy, molasses, all good. The thickest darkest pour, with a nice thin brown head. Flavour is very heavy. Lots going on. Nice and smooth on the palete, good and bitter. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
thanks to Dorwart for this one.. Poured thick and black with a small tan head. Aromas of Coffee, roasted malts, some raisins, and a bit of chocolate.. Flavor followed suit with a heavy coffee presence and some chocolate with an alcohol bite. Thick Mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Ok. I believe that this is a well made quality imperial stout, but it’s not my thing. I don’t like it at all. Very black pour, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is loaded with dried fruits and dark malts. Chocolate and darker fruits are huge as well, lesser coffee and enough hops to be detectable if anything. Some alcohol as well, sweet alcoholic finish. Extremely full bodied, complex and balanced. It’s overly sweet and bludgeons the palate. It doesn’t have the softness that some of the other big imperials have. The alcohol is readily detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Roasted/burnt fruit and barley. Deep blackw ith a smallish mocha head. It tastes a little like I imagine burnt chalk would and coats your tongue the way chalk does a blackboard. Port flavor toward the end along with chocolate liquer and espresso grounds. It’s very strong, but avoids being out of balance something Stone doesn’t always do so well.

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