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RATINGS: 2970   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."


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2005
05 Bottle. I was underwhelmed last time I tried this next to Expedition and WWS, but on its own last night I was impressed yet again. I think the other two are better, but the richness and hop balance here is impressive. Chocolate and mocha notes and a thick palate make this a fine sipper. Good stuff, and one of the few imperial stouts that I prefer younger than older.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2005
22oz 2004: Pours black with a thin brown head. There was aroma of malt and chocolate. It had a that flavor that just explodes in your mouth, with flovors of malt, chocolate, and coffee with a thick palate. Alcohol is hidden very well .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
bottle pours a pitc black. little head smells of chocolate and coffee. mabye a little hops. taste coffee chocolate hops and molasses very good smooth creamy mouth feel though alittle dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 26, 2005
The signature Stone bottle pours a murky, midnite brew that is as good as all the comments about it say. A roast maltiness dominates with flavors of coffee and sweet nameless fruits that congeal in the dense liquid. This is a great imperial stout in a tradition of richness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 26, 2005
Pours an opaque oily thick black with a ring of coffee colored head. Smells strongly of coffee, chocolate, and ripe, dark fruit (cherries maybe?). Tastes like it smells with a bit of an alcohol flavor and a hoppy bitter finish. Chocolate aftertaste. Mmmmm...Drinks like jet fuel - this stuff is thick. One bottle is definately a meal and a potent meal at that.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Bottle purchased at New Beer Distributors (NYC). Pours out pitch black, slight alcohol & coffee aroma, smooth to drink with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Very, very good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours as black as midnight with a reddish head. From the first sip to the last this beer will command your attention. Silky smooth with a warming flame below. My favorite stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1196) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Thick motor oil black. Cannot see through this beer at all. Small off white head and some lacing. Chocolate, coffee, cherries greet the palate. Nice smooth start followed by the signature Stone hoppy finish. Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2005
Pours obsidian black with a thick creamy tan head that fades to a thin ring around the edge of the galss. The aromas are somewhat less pungent than I would have expected,still coffee, rasins, plum and chocolate are noted. The mouthfeel is thick and decadent. The flavour is well hopped and hugely malty, caramel, toffee and brown sugar are also present as well as the obvious coffee and chocolate. The flavour can be described as seductive. Well concealed alcohol. This is the reason I hunt beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Rich and pours deep black like the heart of the most deadly assasin. A great looking redish brown head. This beer is great, smooth and strong. Has a great little kick to it. One of the better imperial stouts that I’ve had. Chocolate scent and taste for sure. It does get better as you keep drinking it as well. I drank this bad boy out of a goblet. It was excellent.


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