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RATINGS: 3091   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours a pitch black color with no head. Powerfull and rich aroma of fruity esters, alcohol and roasted malt. Assertive, decadent and delicious flavor of roasted malt, alcohol, fruits and biscuity malt, bitter finish. Very full body, liquorous mouthfeel, medium carbonation. While not particulary complex, this beer amazes me with its raw power and full body.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 2006 Vintage. Rated July 2006. Black body with a small quickly fading chocolate coloured head (3+). Muted oily roast and a sweetness accented by traces of nut and molasses undertones, particularly as it warms up. Sweet dark malt middle is sweet with extremely muted roasts, and an oily quality. Medium oily palate is lacking a bit of something to take it up a notch (3+). Very nice, but I think it suffers compared to my memory of it and direct comparisons with other beers on this night. 7/3+/7/3+/14-16 - 3.6<P> 2004 Vintage. Rated Nov-25-04 Black body, a vigourous pour yields a nice chocolate coloured head but can persuade it to stay. (3+) Muted roast, touch of coffee over some notes of alcohol and some dark chocolate. Would rate the aroma higher still if the alcohol was better concealed - that said at 10% its not as in your face as it could be. Flavour has an underlying sour acidity. Surprisingly well balanced with the hops providing a pleasant bitterness that shows up most prominantly in the finish. I found the roast to be very restrained, which I like. Palate is full bodied without being syrupy. Excellent. Thanks again for sharing this one Gunny. Random thought: I wonder if California ever gets turned into zombies, while everyone else is running around groaning "Brains!" will the beer geeks be going "Stoooone!" 7/3/8/4/20 - 4.2

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (33990) - 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.

4.1
   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

3.6
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.3
   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!!


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