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RATINGS: 3002   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Theres no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Im 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!" Thats 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2005
22oz bomber 2005 version - Pours black and thick with a nice 1/4 inch brown head that looks creamy and sticks to the side of the glass. There is absolutely no sign of light getting through this one even when you hold it up to a bulb. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, plums, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is quite complex as well. Bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of smoke, and even a bit of vanilla can be found as this one is sipped. On the palate this is beautifully smooth and creamy. Thick and chewy in the mouth. It coats the inside of your mouth with its black creamy body. Alcohol is just present enough to let you know that this one needs to be sipped and not gulped. But it is so hard to drink something this smooth slow! Stone never disappoints. This one is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Had to re-rate this after having the AleSmith Speedway stout. While this is a very good Russian Imperial, It can not hold a candle to the Speedway. This is fruitier and sweeter, with a strong alcoholic bite. I will not turn this down if put in front of me, but Ill wish it was an AleSmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sregnar35 (1023) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 22oz bomber in saratoga park, waiting for the DMB show. This stuff is no joke, my favorite dark beer. Extremely thick and smooth, with thousands of layers going on all at once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2005
bottle. 2004. deep black body with a small mocha coloured head. powerful aroma of raisins, anise, and roast malt completely satiate your senses. Huge body with quite a bit of alcohol in the forefront...bitter chocolate and roasted malt. smooth body with a fairly sharp bitter finish. low carbonation. This is a very powerful Imperial Stout and Im glad I had the chance to try it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
04 bottle shared with egajdzis (thanks for bringing this one over!). Poured a dark balck with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, chocolates, roasted malts, tobacco, and light vanilla. Light alcohol in the tates as well. Medium sweet with a bitter coffee finish. Oily body.

   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 (7362) - 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 (4871) - 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 isnt 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) - Malm, 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 (3344) - 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.

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