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RATINGS: 3089   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Aaak! This beer sure looks good, but it sure aint of me. Stone RIS pours an oily thick pitch black witha huge brown head. As the head disapates, it leave so great lacing. In the nose there is some dark chocolate and alcohol. The bottle mentions anise. That must be the scent that is turning me off. Same with the flavor. After a while of drinking, I’m starting to come around, but I shouldn’t have to come around on a top 10 beer. I think its somewhat astringant. Hard to drink. I surley don’t think this is one of Stone’s best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Pours a thick black with a large brown head initially. The head went away fairly quickly, but some stuck around. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, alcohol and coffee. Flavor of the same. I can feel the hops at the end, leading to a slightly bitter bite. Chocolate kicks in just before the hops. I can tell this is going to get much nicer with age. At this point Storm King and Dark Lord have it beat. But I will see how it ages and re-rate. I picked up a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2005
bomber. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Has the consistancy of used motor oil. Heavy espresso aroma with some chocolate. Somewhat oily mouthful with a heavy espresso flavor that allows just the right amount of alcohol to come through. Excellent imperial stout to sip on!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Pours thick, black and chunky with a moderate head. The aroma was very surprising as it smelled like soy sauce! The first sip (albeit way to cold for a stout) even tasted like a hint of soy sauce. As it grew to room temperature, the flavors because a little less unmuddled and a lot more pleasant. I’m not a huge fan of this beer, but it does offer a lot of complexity for this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Poured light-proof black with a solid two-finger tan head which receded quickly to nothing. Sumptuous aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, black cherry, burnt toast, pumpernickel bread, licorice, peat and alcohol. Taste was a solid blend of smoky malt and bitter, herbal hops. There were notes of coffee, chocolate, earth, and ripe dark fruits. Thick and chewy, sticks to the tongue and palate for a lingering flavor that can be savored. A great Imperial!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2005
2005 Early Summer Release - Blacker than black with a soft tan head that quickly dissapates. The complexity of the nose is unparalleled - baker’s chocolate is layered upon tons of roasted malt with underlying notes of vanilla, smoke and tobacco. A mild hint of the alcohol is present as well. The body is softly carbonated, but not as velvety as I would have expected, although that may come with age. More bittersweet chocolate and roastiness dominate the body and cling to the tongue for longevity. The finish is dry and roasty, almost to the point of puckering. The strong ABV warms the stomach nicely. This one will be great during the holidays by the fire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
pours pitch black with little head. aroma is full of anise, coffie, and alcohol. It is initially sweet on the palet, then the dark roasted flavors take over then it leave you with a little alcohol punch and a lingering aftertaste. It kinda has a yegermister (sp?) after taste. This is an over the top imperial stoudt...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Pours a dark brown/black... looks like motor oil. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and molasses... the taste of mocha flavored alcohol coats your tongue... its smoothness finishes with a bite and a lingering after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2005
22 oz bottle of the Summer 2005 version. Pours a completely opaque midnight black. It has a small and fizzy head that is the darkest brown head I’ve seen. The head quickly goes down to a thin ring.

The aroma is sugary lactic cocoa with some anise, coffee and a little fruitiness.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and fruits that quickly morphs into a strong burnt, somewhat acidic, licorice bitterness with a noticeable alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is very full-bodied and viscous with light carbonation.

Overall, a solid brew. A little strong on the sweetness and the alcohol in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. Bottle. Truly pours like oil out of the bottle, paper thin dark brown head that immediately fell to nothing. Utterly black body, with some lacing (alcohol coating the glass). Aroma is huge, alcohol bite to the nose, rich peppery spices, dark burnt molasses, also the intoxicating aroma of freshly baking sweet breakfast rolls backed by strong freshly brewing coffee. Initially sweet and coating on the tongue, bitter sweet chocolate, dark rye bread, cookie dough addictiveness, and the alcohol in nicely blended into the flavor of this beer. Heavy mouth feel, lacking almost any carbonation. Gives you a nice wallop.

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