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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
Black with a yellow head. aroma from black currant and dark chocolate. Quite bitter, slight yeasty flavour with notes of coffee. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. This is lovely. Very powerful and sweet. Fruity aroma. The finish is very, very hoppy for a imperial stout. I love this combination. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. My wife messed up and erased all of my comments, which is a shame, because there was alot and they wery very tellling. So, I will give you only numbers, which is a shame because the description that mt wife erased was ver, very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 Thought I’d pass the 200 mark in style. Blacker than black with a thin creamy, coffee coloured head. Roasted coffee notes on the nose, a touch subtle for the style. Palate weight is not heavy and again feels a touch light for the style. Shows excellent balance of roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol sweetness. Good finish with length and some bitterness. Not as thick or formidable as the spin on the back label would have you believe (but the beer is all the better for it). Amazingly balanced at 11% - perhaps the best high ABV beer I have ever consumed.

Tasted again at Stone Liberty Station as part of 40th birthday dinner. Slightly lower marks at 3.8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
vintage 2003. Black with allmost no head. Dark taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, dried fruits. Big dark aroma with notes of dark chocolate. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Bottle. Black with red glints and no head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruit, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is espresso coffee, bitter chocolate, figs and dark rum. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this monster beer but it is by no means overpowering. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Awesome pour, thick, jet black, creamy, with beautiful tan/reddish tinted head. Aroma is roasted malts with some licorice and expresso. Pallate is thick, and taste is creamy, chocolate, malty, impy stout goodness. tough to finish a bottle, because my stomach was full from dinner, though i definitely wasnt gonna pour any out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2005
Bottled. Jet black, motor-oil. Wonderful aroma: Coffee, licoroce, anise, slight chocolatey and dark berries. Flavour is big licoricey, bitter chocolate with notes of coffee and black currant. Enormously big mouthfeel, still quite rounded(I reckon this is a reasonably fresh bottle). Ultra-long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2004 bottle. pours black with very slight dark brown head. full flavored with roasted malt and coffee. gets alot better as it warms up in temperature. a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
22 oz Bottle. Poured dark black with a average light brown creamy head. Aroma was moderate roasted malt with a nutty tone. Flavor was a complex heavy roasted malt, coffee and long heavy sweet finish. Full body with a light alcohol bite. Good brew.

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