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RATINGS: 3060   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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."


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
22 oz bomber that we all shared at the 2005 (even though it happened in 06) beer exchange. This is a great, great beer. Pours black as night with slight head and an aroma that is as great as any stout that I have had. Molasses, coffee, raisins, dark cocoa, and sweet dark beautiful malt... this is a great nose. The first impression as it hits the lips is its great viscosity and the second is the sweetness and the bitterness that balance almost perfectly. We had Alesmith Speedway stout on this same night, but I think that this one is better. Flavors are perfectly balanced as the sweetness envelopes your entire mouth and then the alcohol shows up just for a bit before that great burnt black malt explodes. Great, great beer. God, I love Stone brewing Co.!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
I think previous raters have gone into more than enough detail for the deScriptive terms to describe this beer. So in my opinion, I’ll just say that I thought it was beatifully balanced for a higher alchohol content beer along with great aromas and perfect palate

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2006
This is heavy, seriously heavy. They were not kidding. Opaque black goo that sticks to your mouth like molasses. Don’t spill this syrup on your sofa or lap, it stains.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (24790) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and liquorice with roasted notes. Roasted flavour with lots of coffee, chocolate and hops. Fantastic !

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (612) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
First beer of 2006 for me. Aroma of chocolate, toasted coffee, hint of smoke, maraschino cherries, roasty, vinous with some licorice. I could smell this stuff forever, the hint of smoke really does it for me. Thick black with a brown head that thins but sticks around on the edges. Chocolate dominates the flavor with a smokey finish. Second taste brings out more of the cherry and then some bitter, roasted coffee and malted chocolate balls and black licorice. Thcik body and a super creamy palate that coats your mouth. Sweet and desert like. I liked it a lot. Thanks to either DarkElf or cquiroga who have both sent me a bottle of this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 Pours very thick, almost motor oil viscous with a gorgeous head. The aroma was very complex with hints of chocolate, aniseed, cherry licorice and toast among other things. A few minutes after savoring that complex smell, I took a sip and was blown away. It was very smooth with impressions of cherry, then chocolate and then licorice. The finish lasted for a long time, making me wish there was more. Shared with malachi and hezron

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Early 2004 vintage...Jet black with a beautiful medium tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Smooth, mellow, intense dark chocolate malty goodness. Hoppy, as all Stone brews are, but not overdone. Velvety, only a hint of alcohol warmth remains in this as it had a chance to rest for nearly 2 years. Worthy of top 10 status.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1178) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - DEC 25, 2005
2004 Release- Thanks to Santa FooFaa! Another brew dredged from the La Brea tar pits, black as can be, the room grows darker when you open the bottle. Coffee, Brandy, Raspberries, Bakers Chocolate....yummy. An alcohol laden cotton candy, toffee, fruity follow, rich and potent. A great warmer for a cold snowy X-mas night. Not quite up there with Bell’s Expedition Stout but damned good anyways!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
walleye (1087) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 4/04/06 just popped the 05 and all I can say is wow I want more would like to drink this on a regular bases rating will stay the same. my christmas eve beer. early summer 2004 release. From the bottle. poured black with a big bubbly brown head that left some lacing. aoma coco bitter sweet chocolate, molasses, a light touch of alcohol as it warm the coffe and dark fruits come out, roasted malts. flavor wooow I can see why this is rated number 9. the first thing that hit the taste buds was the coffee and alcohol than the roasted malts and the sweet berries than along came the chocolate nice mouth feel. would like to get a lot of this stuff

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3551) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle vintage "Early 2004". Roasty, dry, chocolate aroma with some mildly peppery, spiced hops in the nose. Milk chocolate aroma that is pleasant. Mostly opaque dark brown/black color with a brown head. Sweet, chocolatey start with hints of tobacco in the middle. Very smooth, velvety body. Finishes a bit dry with lots of bitter hoppiness--perhaps too much for my liking. A bit of coffee shines through in the end as well. Well done. The best of the 4 Impy stouts we had tonight (Left Hand Oaked, Lagunitas, Santas Lil Helper)


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