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RATINGS: 3133   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Sampled from an Early Summer 2004 versioned bomber at RFD Washington. I wanted to try a bunch of beers today, so I gave a small sample to a random beer connoisseur at the bar. I think I opened his eyes to big stouts.

Anyways, it pours to a black body with a thin oily looking tan head. The aroma is black licorice, coffee, roasted malts. The flavor is a huge coffee and chocolate, and roasted malts, black currants, grass hops, alcoholic monster. MMMM Very delicious. The palate is full, rich, and creamy with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
wow. yumm. i am still thinking about the texture of this one. it was nice and smooth like velvet chocolate and alcohol wrapped up with coffee and nutty flavors and some smores feelin at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsniclas (6725) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Black! A bit sourish with chocolate, coffe, balck currant. Reallt salty flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Definitley the darkest, blackest beer I have ever poured. The almost no head was even pretty dark coming in at cappuccino brown. But it was much smaller (almost non-existant) than I had expected from a stout, and left no lacing to speak of. The first aroma that hit me was Black Licorice then some roasted coffee. The coffee is intensified and joined by some roastiness and chocolate in the flavor. The Alcohol is pretty well hidden while the tempurature is below the suggested serving level, but becomes more apparent as it warms. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.

   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 (1942) - 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.

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