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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
A Huge beer by any standard. Wonderful Dark chocalate and fruit nose with a very appetizing roasted malt body blanced with just the perfect amount of hop bitterness that accentuates and plays with the malt bomb of a mid palate. simply wonderful Stones best in a very good lineup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Thanx to Belgianhomebrew.Holy crap this stuff is awesome.I am rating the late spring 02 bottle.A dark beer like it is supposed to be.Aromas of coffee and burntness and possibly a hint of fruit.Tastes of coffee and burnt malt.This was afantastic ride.From beginning to end.I now need more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 (Spring 2002 Release) Thin dark brown head of fine bubbles. Low carbonation. Reduces to a thin foam. Rich sweet aroma with raisins, molasses, soy sauce, a hint of licorice and a hint of roasted malts. Color is jet black. Actually a little fizzy in the mouth and a unexpected tartness that makes the mouth salivate for more. Rich and very creamy. Body not as thick as some other stouts. Sweet flavor with a hint of lactose, roasted grains, bitter dark chocolate and a nice helping of alcohol that makes the gums tingle and the stomach warm. Still can’t get over the tartness. Something I have never tasted in an imp stout. Finish is long, creamy and roasty with a bit of lingering bitterness. A top quality imp stout. Not sure if it is supposed to be this way but I sure like it.

(Summer 2004 Release/Spring 2006 Release) Large dark brown head. Thick and creamy on top. I think that I could walk across it. Reduces very slowly. Low carbonation. Rich milk chocolate aroma with plenty of roasted grains, soy sauce and a licorice. Aroma is a little weaker than expected. Perhaps a little lactose in there also. Color is black. Silky smooth in the mouth. Plenty of alcohol that sets the tongue a dancin. Loads of roasted grains, licorice and bitter chocolate. Nice bitterness. Warms very nicely as it goes down. Finish is alcoholic and bitter. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth. One of the best impreial stouts out there. No tarness as in the 2002 release. That one must have oxidized over time. Rating adjusted up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle via trade with Saarlander. sinfully black with a hint of a red edge. exceptionally rich chocolate, malt & caramel flavor in a wonderfully full bodied beer. Rich, smooth and VERY drinkable. TY Aaron .

   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 (2544) - 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 (1151) - 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!

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