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RATINGS: 3015   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 This is simply amazing. This certainly deserves a lot of recognition. Stone Brewing is so great. Anyway, this beer pours about the darkest I have ever seen with very little head at the top. It resembles a shot of espresso from Starbucks. The aroma is awesome with espresso, fruits, coffee, kalua, and hops which are typical of Stone Brewing. The taste has a resemblance to the Double Bastard in my opinion because in addition to what I mentioned in terms of the aroma you get caramel as well. The alcohol hits pretty hard. Otherwise this is absolutely unreal. The only problem is the drinkability. It is so thick that you can’t have much at once. Very well done though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Pours thick black motor oil with big tan head. Malt aroma is all over the place with stong cacao and hint of coffee. Again the malt takes a big place in the flavor with is roastiness and chocolate which hide pretty well the alcool. Overall, it is a very powerfull Imperial Stout and I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Oh soooooo good...thanks to lmgraz1 for the bottle. Pours a viscous black with about a 1/8 of tan head, aroma of malts, coffee, and chocolates is very strong and appealing. Flavor is a fantastic balance of the roasted malts with the chocolates and hints of coffee and just a tad of licorice. Mouthfeel is as close to a solid as any beer I have had...the body is beyond full. No trace at all of the alcohol. Simply an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours a one-finger brown head that quickly fades leaving traces of lace. Black opaque color. Nice, beefy full bodied. Sweet roasty coffee/chocolate nose. Starts sweet, finishes with some alcohol overtones and there is a slight burnt chocolate aftertaste. $6 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 I was nearly done with my lenghty, poetic review and poof!, my review was gone. Lets do it again.....Thanks Clark VV. 22oz bomber. 2003 release @ 9.47%. NB worthy glass. Served at 51°. Color was really, really black with a "haze" instead of a "head." Aroma is dark roasted malts, citrus rinds, vanilla, and hints of dark berries and espresso. Taste is dark roasted malt, citrus rinds, dark berries, and hints of spice initially. When the beers heads to the back of the mouth, a bitterness is revealed along with a burst of citrus rind and dark berry flavors , the sweetness that was apparent in the first part of the sip gets mopped up quickly by the hops bitterness, but in the end the hops, nor the malt dominate, just the nice flavors. The finish is bitter, but also flavorful and sweet? initially, then moves into an equilibrium and just a lingering nice taste. The mouthfeel is very good, it seems to coat the mouth, but it is closer to a 4/5 than a 5/5, but really closer yet to a 4.5/5. The beer is now at 54.5° and I now get hints of the alcohol. A slight warming sensation points to the near 10% ABV. This is a very, very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jtw (1144) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
2004 bottle, pours a thick black with a tan head. good-lookin’ brew. smells like toast, roast, alcohol, butter, licorice, and a hint of coffee. full-bodied but not quite chewy; tastes much like it smells, which is still very very good--light finish of fresh toast. awesome beer, the best i’ve had from stone. thanks secret santa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours like used 10W40 and looks like it too. Decent sized cocoa head, not good retention but did leave some lace. Nice aromatic roasty coffee, chocolate and dark fruit medley with a touch of alcohol. Flavor is smooth, to say the least, and very sexy, smoky wood, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and licorice with a warming fruity, alcohol finish. Not too bitter on the finish like some stouts but satisfying. The body is bold and velvety but a little thin...but overall nothing that detracts from this damn fine concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle. Dark blackish beer with a nice rich cocoa head. Roasty malt aroma with some chocolate. Full roasty, chocolate, coffee, and some licorice flavors. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Lingering roastiness in the aftertaste. Very well put together, but for expected a little more oomph to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Now this is a good stout. It pours a beautiful black beer with a brown thin but mostly lasting head. The aroma overwhelms you with roaty malts, and dried fruit. Flavor is strong, malty, roasty, coffee and alcohol. My one ding on this bee is that it tended to be cloyingly sweet to me and I downgraded it as a result. Good palate and servicable. If you keep this in the fridge, make sure you let it warm to get the complexity and the mellowness of the brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2005
This is a pretty sexy beer....The pour is a dark oil thickness that just coats the glass and evolves a small brown head with some very nice lacing. It is just a good looking beer...that is very inticing. THe aroma intensifies and increases in complexity as it warms. I smell and tasted an exotic terryaki flavor. It had darker fruits, roasted coffee, a slight spice, and maltiness to its flavor. There was a pleasant alcoholic warming effect as it is swallowed. It had a sticky sweetness that had to be handled at a slow sipping pace. The palate was like a heavy velvet blanket. This beer is just so good looking...if pre-teens lusted after beers, this one would be in "Teen-beat" magazine and up on posters in my bedroom.

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