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RATINGS: 3024   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1241) - 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!

   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.

   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 Iíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ron (3103) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Wow, this was very enjoyable. Thanks JB for providing me with a glass of this terrific brew. It was very sweet and malty with a creamy body and only a slightly bitter aftertaste. As it warmed it did bring out deeper richer flavors. I canít wait till I have it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2005
What a great beer. Pours a dark brown almost black with tan head. Nice thick beer full of flavor. Taste of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Smells as it tastes. Not a weak beer this one brings it!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (2591) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Black with dark reddish tan head. Intense aroma that is woody, with coffee, alcohol and cherry. Cream rich palate that is grainy as well. This stuff is pretty fine indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bomber: First, I would like to apologies to BLAS for this rating but this is truly a great beer. Poured a thick dark brown color, with a small tan head that produced little to no lacing. The aroma was full of milk chocolate, molasses, and roastedness, but did have a hint of alcohol. Great tastes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and light alcohol. FULL creamy body that left a bitter and smoky aftertaste. Truly an awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23130) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Alcohol and roasted malt in aroma. Flavour is sweet malty with weak roast. Kind of soapy hints in flavour too. Smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14611) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled, alc. 10.5%
Opaque black, small cappuchino head. Strong roasted, licorice nose. Full-bodied licorice overload. Sticky hoppy aftertaste. Nice balanced dessert brew.

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