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RATINGS: 3093   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
100%? Well, I guess iím not such a stout lover as I thought before having this brew. It is the darkest stout I have tasted yet but has I think too strong of alcohol content, negatively affecting the taste. There is a slight tickle in my throat after swallowing which distracts from the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 05/19/2009. Very dark body with a medium frothy light brown head. Rich chocolate, roast, some caramel and rum-soaked fruit. Sweet chocolate, faint coffee, some rum-soaked fruit and a big bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/4/16 - 4.1 Nov 28, 2005, Updated: Apr 11, 2006: Dark black color with a creamy black head. Malty toffee aroma with hints of caramel and molassas with some very light fruit in the end. Light chocolate and toffee flavor some light hints of caramel. 8/5/9/4/18 - 4.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Re-rate 4-12-06 -- Courtesy of maniac during the "homebrew vertical", 2005 vintage. Amazing aroma, caramel, with a very nice malt compliment. Awesome taste, caramel, some light fruits... as Stone tastes... it gets better as it warms up. Nice coffee ending. An awesome beer after being aged for a year.

Bitter with some dark fruits. Malty chocolate taste. Light head with an almost black body. Unsweetened chocolate aftertaste. Far more enjoyable than Guiness. 7/5/9/5/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1413) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Oof, this was a knock in the mouth for sure. I had a room full of people looking into their glass of Stone Imperial Stout with aplomb, then discomfort, then outright terror. Even I, their experienced beer guide, had a hard time not making faces every time I took a swig. Everything I expected from Stone Brewery - a confident group of skilled brewers who make some muscled beers and arenít afraid to say it Ė was absolutely true and painfully verified. The burly demon on the front of their bottles should portend the imminent destruction of your oral cavity. Warning! Will make you cry for your Mommaís Mommaís Momma. When I poured the beer a friend of mine said it looked like Worchester sauce. Another one shook her mug and remarked on the saturnine quality of the beer. Itís rough stuff. The head is a beautiful dark brown straight from a sooty old London library. To describe the color of the beer itself would be an impossibility verging on blasphemy. Itís not a color; itís a lack of color, a deep, inky morass that veils the toothsome goodness inside. From that swampy darkness comes a gaseous concoction of dark chocolate, peanuts, straight coco, coffee with milk and even some butter. I looked like Intensive Care patient with an oxygen mask the way I was holding the mug to my nose. Breathe deep, breathe out, breathe deep, and relax. Eventually the aroma will draw you in to the tortuous taste, where one finds a prelude of coco, followed by a long astringent twang of coffee and salt. Also present is a salty quality (not sweet ní salty like other stouts Iíve had) and a good deal of licorice. The stout is fairly smooth, but thinner than others of its kind. If youíre longing for a brutal beer after a mellow repast, pick up a bottle of this heathenistic brew and expect to be get your teeth kicked in. Second review on 12/12/06: Head is like cooling magma, body is still a the color of deep space. Smell has chocolate with a bit of ďfunkinessĒ, lots of malts and barbeque sauce. Taste is apple, orange laden with thick malts and hops and very oily like petroleum politics. Enough carbonation to inflate a life raft. Too much alcohol, too little other stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
this was very good - but the after taste was bitter and lasting. Otherwise the beer was very good. I think Brooklyns black chocolate stout or even youngs are better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Thanks to my friend Tom for this, have always wanted to try it. 05 release, Pours expectedly like motor oil, which rules. Black as sin with a thin light brown head. Rich aromas of vanilla, mollasses, alcohol, and some sweetness. Taste is extremely rich, starts out with a sweet dark fruit assault, but its mellowed out by a roasty slightly herbal bitter finish with all sorts of flavors coming out. Mouthfeel coats the tongue and leaves you wanting more. This is a bad ass beer, wish I had regular access to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
So dark on the pour you cant see even a glimmer of light through the glass. Thin brown head that diminishes quickley. Nose of chocoloate, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Thick and creamy mouth feel. Tastes great, chocolate, roasted malt, and a little coffee perfectly balaced with hops flavors that cover the alcohol well. So far my favorite Imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
Nice Dark and Rich. Full of Flavor like drinking espresso made into a beer. The hints of chocolate and coffee which happen to be 2 of my favorite flavors in the world make this a brew to remember.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours a beautiful black chocolate color with a minimal brown head that fades. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with an aromatic finish of alcohol. Taste of roasted chocolate is finished well with a hint of coffee. Thick and oily on the palate. Great Impy!

   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. Itís 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 thatís like dissing Cindy Crawford for her mole.

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