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RATINGS: 3059   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
red91 (3) - North Olmsted, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2004 does not count
This beer is a true work of art. The beer looks like used motor oil. This stout is bursting with flavor. There is very intense flavors of coffee. Wherever you can pick this up and try it give it a chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
fleeting reddish/chocolate brown head. pours thick like a light syrup. chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted flavors. an alcohol finish. a sipping beer. pretty amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Just at the nose the alcohol is apparent.This style is becomming one of my favorites as is Stone brewing co. Espresso like flavor w/berries and chocolate flavor(seems to be the concensus). Iíve only seen this one in the bottle,can only imagine it from tap.Another gret one from Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2004
Dark and black w/small head. Choclate, cinamon and some bourbon. heavey w/dry light finish. Flavors of chocolate, espresso and berries...tasty brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
RBMNG 10-03-04. By the time I sampled this at the recent Ratebeer Minnesota gathering, I pretty much had had my fill. So, shucks, Iíll probably have to re-rate it down the road. Beautiful rich, bourbon aroma with high alcohol presence. Very little to no head. Engine oil consistency. Wonderful flavor. Nutty. Thick. Syrupy. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Rating #199. Bottle, Summer 2004 release. Black, with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate. coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste is more of the chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness as well. Very good, as good as Speedway, maybe better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1185) - USA - NOV 5, 2004
Extremely black appearance with deep brown head which didnít linger long in my glass. Taste is rich with a mingling of coffee and chocolate. Pretty oily in the mouth, the residue sticks on the tongue providing a pretty lingering mouthfeel. Rather enjoyable to sip on for awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Based on the reviews on this Web site, I have to admit I was expecting a lot more from this beer. Dark black color with little to no head. The nose is an immediate hit of sweetness. With notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and alcohol. Oily and thin. With a strong chocolate prescence and underlying flavors of roasted coffee and alcohol. Good stuff but just didnít live up to expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Black color with a little head. Oak aroma. Bitter chocolate taste with a bit of random berries. Some coffee, but not enough to spoil the other tastes. Alcoholic and slightly woody as well. Medium bodied and well balanced. Damn!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Christ,this thing was absolutely black.This is another great beer from Stone,shit,you just canít understand how brewers can perform such magic.The aromas coming from my glass were amazing.Deep rich notes of chocolate,expresso and berries.Take a sip swirl it like wine in your mouth and try to not be amazed.

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