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RATINGS: 3002   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 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 itís not my thing. I donít 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. Itís overly sweet and bludgeons the palate. It doesnít 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. Itís very strong, but avoids being out of balance something Stone doesnít always do so well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Barely put the nose in this one and you can smell the roasted fire wood and coffee. Also some sweet malty notes and some alcohol. Black oil body with average dark chocolate head. Head settled on top of beer and I expected more lacing than what was left on glass. Flavor was blended great. Rich enough and smooth almost like a milkshake going down the hatch. Roasted malts and the alcohol were almost just to good to decribe here. Roasty palate that lasts long on the palate and not makeing you want a different beer to wash it clean. This is the best beer Iíve had so far and donít know what else to say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Aaak! This beer sure looks good, but it sure aint of me. Stone RIS pours an oily thick pitch black witha huge brown head. As the head disapates, it leave so great lacing. In the nose there is some dark chocolate and alcohol. The bottle mentions anise. That must be the scent that is turning me off. Same with the flavor. After a while of drinking, Iím starting to come around, but I shouldnít have to come around on a top 10 beer. I think its somewhat astringant. Hard to drink. I surley donít think this is one of Stoneís best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Pours a thick black with a large brown head initially. The head went away fairly quickly, but some stuck around. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, alcohol and coffee. Flavor of the same. I can feel the hops at the end, leading to a slightly bitter bite. Chocolate kicks in just before the hops. I can tell this is going to get much nicer with age. At this point Storm King and Dark Lord have it beat. But I will see how it ages and re-rate. I picked up a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2005
bomber. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Has the consistancy of used motor oil. Heavy espresso aroma with some chocolate. Somewhat oily mouthful with a heavy espresso flavor that allows just the right amount of alcohol to come through. Excellent imperial stout to sip on!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Pours thick, black and chunky with a moderate head. The aroma was very surprising as it smelled like soy sauce! The first sip (albeit way to cold for a stout) even tasted like a hint of soy sauce. As it grew to room temperature, the flavors because a little less unmuddled and a lot more pleasant. Iím not a huge fan of this beer, but it does offer a lot of complexity for this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Poured light-proof black with a solid two-finger tan head which receded quickly to nothing. Sumptuous aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, black cherry, burnt toast, pumpernickel bread, licorice, peat and alcohol. Taste was a solid blend of smoky malt and bitter, herbal hops. There were notes of coffee, chocolate, earth, and ripe dark fruits. Thick and chewy, sticks to the tongue and palate for a lingering flavor that can be savored. A great Imperial!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2005
2005 Early Summer Release - Blacker than black with a soft tan head that quickly dissapates. The complexity of the nose is unparalleled - bakerís chocolate is layered upon tons of roasted malt with underlying notes of vanilla, smoke and tobacco. A mild hint of the alcohol is present as well. The body is softly carbonated, but not as velvety as I would have expected, although that may come with age. More bittersweet chocolate and roastiness dominate the body and cling to the tongue for longevity. The finish is dry and roasty, almost to the point of puckering. The strong ABV warms the stomach nicely. This one will be great during the holidays by the fire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
pours pitch black with little head. aroma is full of anise, coffie, and alcohol. It is initially sweet on the palet, then the dark roasted flavors take over then it leave you with a little alcohol punch and a lingering aftertaste. It kinda has a yegermister (sp?) after taste. This is an over the top imperial stoudt...

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