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RATINGS: 3044   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Pour is jet black with a small dark brown head...smell is definately sweet with coffee, chocolate, and I do indeed detect some sweet dark fruits (probably currants, but I havenít smelled a currant in a long time other than Cassis beers ;)...wonderful thick chewy mouthfeel...sweet chocolate sticky stuff...a little bitter coffee bite before the swallow...twinge of alcohol in the finish...goodness indeed...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 bottle. Pours jet black, decent tan head, this is what a stout should look like. Aroma is malty, some vanilla and spices, very pleasant but not strongly potent. Flavor is wow!, rich, deep malt flavor, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, coffee, earthy notes, so much is going on yet everything has its place and its say in the overall flavor. Some alcohol bite creeps into the finish, though all the flavors stick around forever. Very smooth, rich and supple mouthfeel. This beer is the real deal, Iím going to let a few bottles age some more to satisfy my curiosity but this is a superb beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled. Pours an intense black colour and builds a big, brown-coloured, frothy head. One can see the thickness of the body, while pouring it. The first aroma impressions are chocolate, lots of it, a fruitiness that I would describe as dark cherries, and coffee. The first sips reveal a melange of chocolate and coffee that reminds of choco-moccacino. Behind that lies roastmaltiness, sweetness and fruity flavours like blackcurrant and dark cherries. Ends alcoholic (of the vineous variety) and leaves a bitter-chocolate aftertaste. Very full-bodied with a creamy-thick texture. I really loved this beer. I would not say itīs perfect, because Itīs very demanding and extreme, and it took me some while to finish the bottle, but still one of the best beers Iīve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 25, 2004
Pours black with a tiny tan head. Chocolate taste with average hop aftertaste, not as hoppy as i was hoping for. Slight alcohol taste. Great stout, but this has nothing on Storm King.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Jet Black, small tan head that disappeared. It really coats the glass as you swirl it. Very strong aroma of coffe, alcohol, cherries, hint of chocolate. Very heavy feel, very rich flavor. Weighty and coating, long aftertaste. Flavor is somewhat unidimensional, bitter coffee, alcohol, some licorice and maybe some chocolate. Good beer, man, good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Black, with a small brown head. Sweet, sugary nose with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is bitter. Very bitter. Has touches of coffee, soy souce, alcohol, and chocolate cake.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pour is slow, with a thick body that is pitch black with no head, a very taunting, intimidating look about it. Aroma is intense: licorice, cherries, espresso, cocoa, and lots of alcohol. The flavor echoes the aroma, as it starts with a sweet, fruity rush followed by an incredibly sharp, bitter coffee punch. As the beer approaches room temperature, the burnt coffee becomes a dominant feature. Absolutely a killer brew, I look forward to the next release.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Finally able to get ahold of this thing on oh my was it worth the wait. Dark in colour with a very warm and soothing nose full of chocolatey malts and hops, the taste is quick with alcohol and hops. Very very enjoyable and not nearly as rough as I think some of their stuff can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Deep black stout with a deep fruity chocolate and hops in aroma, and alcohol., almost like Cherry Blossoms. Deep sweet cherries dipped in alcohol and coated with chocolate. Hops well balanced thoughout. Excellent offering.(Sept. 2004)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Deep chocolate aroma, with the usually roasted malts and a very slight hoppiness. Starts out smooth, chocolatey in the mouth, then the alcohol kicks in. The thickest beer Iíve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Can taste it long after itís gone.

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