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RATINGS: 2977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Let me put this in perspective. I had this a while ago, but then I had it again the other night next to Speedway Stout and Dark Lord. All I have to say is that at ~$5 a bomber, this is a damn good Impy next to the likes of the greats.

. Bomber of ’04. Pours obsidian black, no light can get through. Head is dark brown and lasts and leaves considerable lacing. Aroma is very Stone-ish. Big on rich and fragrant base malt and caramel sweetness....all to complement that massive roasted malt and chocolate presence with coffee in the background. No hops nor alcohol in the nose. Flavor is rich and chocolately with caramel sweetness and lingering hop bitterness to complement. Some fruity esters and espresso are in the taste as well. Body is thick and rich and smooth as could be with just enough carbonation. Great beer. Just behind Dark Lord and a bit ahead of Speedway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Summer 2004 Bomber. Poured just as a beer should... jet black with a healthy caramel head. The room got a little darker when I poured this beast, so I think it may have been absorbing a little extra light. Coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, roasted malts, and anise were noticable in the aroma. It really blossomed as it warmed up. Coffee and chocolate roastiness first hit the palate. That was complemented by a nice subtle hoppy bite (powerfully weak by Stone standards, but perfectly balanced for this style). Coated the mouth very well, and was smooth as silk. Roasted coffee and a little hoppy bitterness provided a wonderful long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4786) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 This does in fact look like very dirty car oil. Nonetheless, this is a very solid stout, somewhat crisp. The best part about this beer is that it tastes as if it has just a normal (4-5%) alcohol content, not the killer 11% that it does. Excellent. Re-rate: Apparantly, this one isn’t separated by year. That said, this is my 2004 version rating: 10,4,10,5,18 or 4.7! Truly a great beer, with anise clearly in the aroma - glad to see the description verifies it. Fantastic stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 this must be the best beer in the world ...so powerfull and smoth ...just love it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Sampled from an Early Summer 2004 versioned bomber at RFD Washington. I wanted to try a bunch of beers today, so I gave a small sample to a random beer connoisseur at the bar. I think I opened his eyes to big stouts.

Anyways, it pours to a black body with a thin oily looking tan head. The aroma is black licorice, coffee, roasted malts. The flavor is a huge coffee and chocolate, and roasted malts, black currants, grass hops, alcoholic monster. MMMM Very delicious. The palate is full, rich, and creamy with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
wow. yumm. i am still thinking about the texture of this one. it was nice and smooth like velvet chocolate and alcohol wrapped up with coffee and nutty flavors and some smores feelin at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Black! A bit sourish with chocolate, coffe, balck currant. Reallt salty flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Definitley the darkest, blackest beer I have ever poured. The almost no head was even pretty dark coming in at cappuccino brown. But it was much smaller (almost non-existant) than I had expected from a stout, and left no lacing to speak of. The first aroma that hit me was Black Licorice then some roasted coffee. The coffee is intensified and joined by some roastiness and chocolate in the flavor. The Alcohol is pretty well hidden while the tempurature is below the suggested serving level, but becomes more apparent as it warms. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
Black with a yellow head. aroma from black currant and dark chocolate. Quite bitter, slight yeasty flavour with notes of coffee. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. This is lovely. Very powerful and sweet. Fruity aroma. The finish is very, very hoppy for a imperial stout. I love this combination. Fantastic beer.

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