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RATINGS: 3059   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 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (32172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 A pitch black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is totally dominated by coffee, with hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, wood, and some hops - and a very dry roasted coffee end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2004 Poured black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, and alcohol. Flavor matched the aroma. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweet with a big bitter back bone. Very warming. Full bodied. Sticky

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fourway4 (4) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
A great beer. The high alcolhol content is quite noticble at first, but the beer finishes up quite smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2004
aroma was not extremely exciting, but still good. taste was much better. dark chocolate, some subtle berry taste, anise, dry alcohol finish. enjoyable. a good beer to enjoy in the winter and possibly spring as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
I was expecting a lot, but it came up short. Smelled of molasses and soy sauce. Looked super dark with a dark brown head. Tasted better than it smelled, though this ws far inferior to Old Rasputin and Expedition, in my opinion. Good, not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiquidArrogant (1) - USA - NOV 20, 2004 does not count
frightful to pour because I’ve never had a beer look more like motor oil in my entire life, but a delight of the senses. heavy on the tongue but mystical to the mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004
well, we have a bit of a disparity here. i really like it. and i only sort of like it. so there you go. i say the subtle aroma and caramelly coffee overtones were great. and i say it has a smoky aftertaste. in the important range of 18’s, this would be a 94/18... whatever that means. mmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Vintage 2003 bottle.
Pours dark brown almost black with a fine though disappearing brown head. Strong roasted aroma with coffee, cream and alcohol tones. Flavor is heavy and warming. Roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and plenty of hops. Bitter finish with citrusy tones. Indeed a suberp Imperial Stout from the coolest brewery in the world!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Wow man...What a stout...Full of roasted malt and adrk coffe flavors reminescent of a good coffee house (intermezzo) NIce deal...good effort guys...my new favorite Russian Imp Stout...Rock on Stone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
2003 edition. Pours pitch black with a medium creamy tan head. Heavy coffee aroma, lots of it, some licorice. Nice bitter hop flavor, lots of coffee and ends in a pleasant alcohol burn. Fuckin nice brew. Thanks to flipbrewers for tradoing me this baby when i was in SF.

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