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RATINGS: 3105   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Pours a thick black. Strong sugary aroma. Flavor is intense and complex. The alcohol came through stronger than other imperials Iíve had, a little more than I would like, but still another great beer from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2005 bottle, very nice. Loads of think dark burnt malt present in the nose. Also smells sweet, toffy, molasses, all good. The thickest darkest pour, with a nice thin brown head. Flavour is very heavy. Lots going on. Nice and smooth on the palete, good and bitter. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
thanks to Dorwart for this one.. Poured thick and black with a small tan head. Aromas of Coffee, roasted malts, some raisins, and a bit of chocolate.. Flavor followed suit with a heavy coffee presence and some chocolate with an alcohol bite. Thick Mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2565) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Ok. I believe that this is a well made quality imperial stout, but itís not my thing. I donít like it at all. Very black pour, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is loaded with dried fruits and dark malts. Chocolate and darker fruits are huge as well, lesser coffee and enough hops to be detectable if anything. Some alcohol as well, sweet alcoholic finish. Extremely full bodied, complex and balanced. Itís overly sweet and bludgeons the palate. It doesnít have the softness that some of the other big imperials have. The alcohol is readily detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Roasted/burnt fruit and barley. Deep blackw ith a smallish mocha head. It tastes a little like I imagine burnt chalk would and coats your tongue the way chalk does a blackboard. Port flavor toward the end along with chocolate liquer and espresso grounds. Itís very strong, but avoids being out of balance something Stone doesnít always do so well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Barely put the nose in this one and you can smell the roasted fire wood and coffee. Also some sweet malty notes and some alcohol. Black oil body with average dark chocolate head. Head settled on top of beer and I expected more lacing than what was left on glass. Flavor was blended great. Rich enough and smooth almost like a milkshake going down the hatch. Roasted malts and the alcohol were almost just to good to decribe here. Roasty palate that lasts long on the palate and not makeing you want a different beer to wash it clean. This is the best beer Iíve had so far and donít know what else to say.

   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, Iím starting to come around, but I shouldnít have to come around on a top 10 beer. I think its somewhat astringant. Hard to drink. I surley donít think this is one of Stoneís 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. Iím not a huge fan of this beer, but it does offer a lot of complexity for this style.

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