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RATINGS: 3024   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeltaBlues (9) - Yakima, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Caramally, chocolatey, smooth, extremely balanced. A wonderful expeperience from pour to final heavenly swallow. What a tremendous brew. It’s like drinking a dessert and a main course in one! The only flaw I found was that the head, although luxurious, was a bit loose, but that’s like dissing Cindy Crawford for her mole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Deep black color with a brown thin head that laces my glass like a work of art. Aroma has mountians of burnt chocolate, coffee and char. Flavor is intense strong coffee, caramel, smoke, beyond char almost ashy. Smooth and thick in the finish with a flavor that lingers on for ages. Excellent beer!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a large chocolate brown head, creamy at the surface and large bubbles at base. Aroma of chocolate, burnt malt, cocoa, alcohol, coffee, and blacl licorice. Rich espresso and dark chocolate flavor from heavily roasted malt. Nice warming alcohol sensation on the finish. Hops are definately in the background with this one. Rich full bodied beer with an oily texture. Soft carbonation breathes a little live into the mouthfeel as well. This beer has everything you want in an imperial stout if you favor the malty ones over highly hopped versions. Big bold flavor without any harsh alcohol save for the pleasant warming finish. I love this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaybreezy (5) - USA - NOV 2, 2005 does not count
Strong alcohol and semi-sweet baking chocolate in the nose, roasted anise; eclipse/UV blocking appearance, small and dissipating head, milky-chocolate color; smooth start followed by formidable and roasted alcohol finish; rich texture, creamy on the tongue, viscous.

   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.

   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 .

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (836) - New York, 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.

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