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RATINGS: 2851   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
I canít help but think that this style is overrated since I hardly ever find anything bad to say, but Iím about to do it again... 2004 release. Black as midnight with a thick dark dark brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, figs, dates, coffee, malted milk, cherry and a big blast of roasted grain. As the temperature rises, a hint of beech smoke become obvious as well. Flavour is very good, sweet dark fruits up front, especially dates and black cherries. Lots of coffee and heavy roastiness in the finish. There is a touch of saltiness here as well. Body is thick and creamy. Long warming finish. A great brew, despite my reservations on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Pitch black, brown head. It is so thick and so black itís scary, the alcohol isnít too much but you definitely know itís there, good roasted/chocolate/coffee flavor to it, silky smooth mouthfeel, and balanced very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Iím pretty sure this is going to be the highest rated beer Iíve done yet and it is very deserving of that title. It has a great roasted malt smell, and syrupy black apperrance with dark brown head that just says that this is truly a dark beer. The flavor is very powerful and bold and really attacks the senses in a way that is a real treat. This is a beer that you should truly get your hands on at all costs. Truly a top beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
Comes across not as an over the top Imperial but a quality high alcohol dry stout. An excellent achievement in brewing and restraint. Black and thick with a light slick head. Delicious scent tinged with aclohol. A well blended narcotic. Nice mouth feel and not overly thick. Flavours of charcoal, roasted notes and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Wow, poured dark, with dark brown head. Head is thick and frothy and creamy. Instant aroma of chocolate, and licorice and roasted malts, and coffee, and sweetness. The flavor is intense. Rich, and dark, like a full strength coffee with chocolate highlights. There is some nice carbonation, and a bitter sweetness like dark chocolate. This is like liquid exlir of life. There is good lacing and small amount of head left as I got close to the end. There is a dry finish, and this is an excellent brew. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2005
(bottle) deep black with almost no head but some nice lace. Aroma of very roasted malt. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee, a hint of licorice. Full bodied-you donít notice the EtOH

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Very dark with little head. There is so much going on in the flavor; chocolates, coffees, fruits, licorice. Nice and smooth. Doesnít feel like it is almost 11% ABV. Nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Pour is jet black with a small dark brown head...smell is definately sweet with coffee, chocolate, and I do indeed detect some sweet dark fruits (probably currants, but I havenít smelled a currant in a long time other than Cassis beers ;)...wonderful thick chewy mouthfeel...sweet chocolate sticky stuff...a little bitter coffee bite before the swallow...twinge of alcohol in the finish...goodness indeed...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 bottle. Pours jet black, decent tan head, this is what a stout should look like. Aroma is malty, some vanilla and spices, very pleasant but not strongly potent. Flavor is wow!, rich, deep malt flavor, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, coffee, earthy notes, so much is going on yet everything has its place and its say in the overall flavor. Some alcohol bite creeps into the finish, though all the flavors stick around forever. Very smooth, rich and supple mouthfeel. This beer is the real deal, Iím going to let a few bottles age some more to satisfy my curiosity but this is a superb beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled. Pours an intense black colour and builds a big, brown-coloured, frothy head. One can see the thickness of the body, while pouring it. The first aroma impressions are chocolate, lots of it, a fruitiness that I would describe as dark cherries, and coffee. The first sips reveal a melange of chocolate and coffee that reminds of choco-moccacino. Behind that lies roastmaltiness, sweetness and fruity flavours like blackcurrant and dark cherries. Ends alcoholic (of the vineous variety) and leaves a bitter-chocolate aftertaste. Very full-bodied with a creamy-thick texture. I really loved this beer. I would not say itīs perfect, because Itīs very demanding and extreme, and it took me some while to finish the bottle, but still one of the best beers Iīve had.

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