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RATINGS: 3124   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Early 2004 vintage...Jet black with a beautiful medium tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Smooth, mellow, intense dark chocolate malty goodness. Hoppy, as all Stone brews are, but not overdone. Velvety, only a hint of alcohol warmth remains in this as it had a chance to rest for nearly 2 years. Worthy of top 10 status.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - DEC 25, 2005
2004 Release- Thanks to Santa FooFaa! Another brew dredged from the La Brea tar pits, black as can be, the room grows darker when you open the bottle. Coffee, Brandy, Raspberries, Bakers Chocolate....yummy. An alcohol laden cotton candy, toffee, fruity follow, rich and potent. A great warmer for a cold snowy X-mas night. Not quite up there with Bellís Expedition Stout but damned good anyways!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 4/04/06 just popped the 05 and all I can say is wow I want more would like to drink this on a regular bases rating will stay the same. my christmas eve beer. early summer 2004 release. From the bottle. poured black with a big bubbly brown head that left some lacing. aoma coco bitter sweet chocolate, molasses, a light touch of alcohol as it warm the coffe and dark fruits come out, roasted malts. flavor wooow I can see why this is rated number 9. the first thing that hit the taste buds was the coffee and alcohol than the roasted malts and the sweet berries than along came the chocolate nice mouth feel. would like to get a lot of this stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3630) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle vintage "Early 2004". Roasty, dry, chocolate aroma with some mildly peppery, spiced hops in the nose. Milk chocolate aroma that is pleasant. Mostly opaque dark brown/black color with a brown head. Sweet, chocolatey start with hints of tobacco in the middle. Very smooth, velvety body. Finishes a bit dry with lots of bitter hoppiness--perhaps too much for my liking. A bit of coffee shines through in the end as well. Well done. The best of the 4 Impy stouts we had tonight (Left Hand Oaked, Lagunitas, Santas Lil Helper)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 23, 2005
Hides the alcohol well. Tastes great. Good balance between chocolate and coffee. Think Iíd rather drink a cheaper victory though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours a deep brownish black with a dark brown head. Strong molasses, chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Bitter chocolate molasses taste on a thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2005
22 oz. Bottle. It pours pitch black with a brown head and lacing. Served a the right temperature it has an amazingly complex nose of roast, malt and a bit of smoke. The flavor is the same but with some warming alcohol notes to it. Very smooth and creamy texture. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2005
22 oz. bomber biatch. Very black, and awesome looking orangeish/ tan head. Very aromatic. Little coffee, a lot of licorice and some alcohol in aroma. Palate is surprising much thinner than expected. Not too sweet and raisiny, but seems nicely balanced in that regard. Licorice and prunes/ or raisins in flavor. Most drinkable imperial stout Iíve had yet. And one of the most p[owerful as well. Maybe Iím just over the initial flavor shock on my palate from bigger beers. Excellent beer. Iíd buy this beer just for the description and all the witty little messages on the bottle. Stone brewing kicks a lot of ace.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jisaza (2) - New York City, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
Disgusting, from the beginning to end. The after taste was terrible too, I end up dumping it through the drain, I feel sorry for the pipes. No doubts that the person who said that, you will feel like drinking thick oil, was right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2005
22 oz. Bottle: Thanks to Indiana_Red we enjoyed this at a small stout tasting. Thick, dark, murky black in color. Even the light canít penetrate this baby when held directly next to it. Rich aromas of roasted coffee are enjoyed as well as tastes of dark chocolate, black licorice, and sometimes, medicine. The feel is oily even though it is pretty thick.

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