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RATINGS: 3080   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12996) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $3.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This is the 2004 bottling, aged in my dark, air-conditioned beer cellar (i.e., my bedroom) for over a year. This is perhaps the most purely malty Imperial Stout I can remember tasting, the maltiness actually beats out the roastiness in an arm wrestling match. Chocolate is a major contributor as well. It’s also very sweet, sugary sweet actually, and I think a bit too sugary. Perhaps aging this beer isn’t the best thing as the hops still has presence, but the beer almost seems out of balance at this point. Full bodied, sticky, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Intensely sweet, malty and chocolaty, smells like it’s the final course (i.e., dessert). Fairly alcoholic nose as well. The beer is an extremely dark brown, but not quite black, and fully opaque. Dark tan head is fairly small and fades away to almost nothing, but I’ve seen much better head size and retention with this beer during previous sessions. At some point in the future, I’ll rerate this beer with a fresh bottle to do a direct comparison with an aged bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2005
Vintage 2003. Almost pitch black body with a small light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate and coffee notes. Rather sweet flavor with chocolate notes and some coffee bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle Vintage 2003. Black colour with no head. Sweet roasted malty coffee liquorice light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2945) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 2004. Very excited about tracking a bottle of this stuff down. Pours a pitch black color. Looks rather thick. Strong creamy sweet aroma. Slightly milky smelling. A touch of alcohol is present as well. Sweet up front with a a creamy mouthfeel. Subtle hop character. Most of the alcohol is present right up front. Finish is mostly roasted malts. Some alcohol in the finish. Lingering roasted flavor. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
Vintage 2003. Pours black with no head. The nose is delicious, with notes of liquorice, coffee, smoke and chocolate. Sweet flavour with notes of coffee, roasted malt and liquorice. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Bottled. Vintage 2003. Almost black with a reddish shine. Liquorice and coffee in the aroma with fruity notes. Sweet and roasty flavour with dark fruits, coffee and liquorice. Full bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 spring 2003 edition. Bottled, bomber. Poured a dense black viscous ale into the pint glass with a rich chocolate cap that settles to a lacing ring. Thick prune, fig and sweet capuccino tones to the nose. Rich silky body permeated with the standard Impy tastes...deep chewy dried fruit tastes, cocoa/coffee tones. Light hop presense ( many be a result of the aging). Finish give the licorice impression that the alcohol turns to a light salty taste. A good standard Imperial but certainly over rated as there are many equally good, or better, Imp stouts about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 22, 2005
2004 bottle. pours as opaque and dark as they come, a nice tan head as well. aroma is alcohol, roastiness, some coffee-somewhat vinous. flavor is coffee/roastiness up front, followed by some fruit/wine flavor, finishing bitter and roasty, with some alcohol warmth. pretty full mouthfeel, but not too thick. i’d like to taste this along with a speedway sometime. damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Dark brown/ruby with a small tan head. Very full bodied and a nice alcohol warming. Roasted chocolate and coffee in the taste. My palate was swamped with a back and forth sensation from smooth, sweet and creamy to dry, bitter and roasted. This would go great with many types of dark foods.

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