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RATINGS: 3080   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2209) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Exceptional impy stout, black color, minimal dark brown head, very little lacing, dark roasted aroma with hints of coffee & dark chocolate, full-bodied but yet very drinkable & smooth, very enjoyable to sit down & take your time to sip on, only got better when it warmed, flavors included alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate & roasted coffee, very strong finish with more alcohol & dark roasted flavors, long-lasting & warm aftertaste, one of the best impy stouts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Black w/ rocky dark brown foam. Robust, roasty aroma of anise, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit & cherries. Thick, oily body. Complex, roasty aroma of , dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit, cherries & hops. Nice warm, long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scott S. (8) - North Royalton, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2004 does not count
This Black beer with a brown head set the tone for this Awesome beer..Donít drink it cold,,slightly warm and the taste really comes to life..the great mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate, and hops make this beer worth driving out of your way for...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UNCCTF (514) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2003 bomber. I bought this during my trip to Palo Alto back in May, but just havenít found the right moment to drink it. Finally, I just said what the hell. Pitch black, when I was pouring it into my snifter I could see the thickness as it left the bottle. Aroma is of alcohol, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet with heavy alcohol notes, with the perfect heavy finish that contains the mild hop I so crave from a stout. I swore I would never rate a beer a perfect 5.0.... well, I lied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Soutie (10) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Thatís not a beer. This is a beer! I poured this into a nice, tall glass and could hear the thickness of this classic brew. Black as night with a big,bubbly, chocolate brown head. Smelled fruity at first. A bit more bitter than a couple of others in the genre, but not unpleasantly so. I commend Stone for supplying a generous serving of this devilish concoction. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 2004 bomber. The pour was deep black, with a slight ruby component through direct light. I forcibly coaxed a very small head, but it dissipated before I could blink. Nose is full of coffee, chocolate, malt, black licorice, slight smoke, cabernet, cinnamon, and definite alcohol. I could sit and sniff this for hours. Tastes of malt, big coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, currants, hops, with a roasty, slightly creamy, alcoholic finish. I served it a bit too chilled to start, but as this son-of-a-gun warmed it really came into its own. This beer is complex, chewy, alcoholic, and very delicious. Now that Iíve got some of this Iím going to have a blind head to head with Speedway, Expedition, Czar, World Wide, De Dolle Export, Storm King, and the Yeti. My taste buds wonít be right for a month.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Great Color (black as you would expect) with deap browns and lite yellows at the corners. Complicated aroma with prunes dominating? Started drinking this when it was a bit too cold so let it warm up a bit and my patience was well rewarded. The chocolate people have mentioned seems very lite and secondary next to the raisin, bourbon, and fruit cake? Canít wait to see what this doea over the next year or two.

Vertical on Christmas day of 2004-2006. General comments: Overall I will change my score by one point on aroma, as I think this was low to begin with. However, I will stick with everything else. With regard to the tasting the 2005 was the winner across the board. It had the best balance of smoothness and flavor left to it. The 2004 was very gentle. Soft on the palet with very subdued flavors, but it was still better than the 2006. The 2006 had a much lighter color than either of the previous years and just did not have the flavor profile of either the 2004 or 2005. A fact I found to be most interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5235) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Opk, revisiting this yet again. I have been able to try it at a few different ages. This bottle is about two years old. Black body with an orange and khaki head that faded quickly. The aroma had some rich chocolate and raisins along with some leather. The alcohol smell is gone. The taste is mellow with dark chocolate and some light coffee and cream. There is also some leather and a little bit of dried apple chips. Mellow with a very sticky mouthfeel. Good stuff, but do not drink when green. Old rating follows. Pours the expected black colored body with a darker brown color. The aroma is great with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate covered raisins. The taste is hard to take with lots of malt and alcohol burn. There are also notes of dark chocolate and some walnuts. The bitterness is somewhat anise. It reminds me of trying to eat salted peanut shells. I thought the body was a little thin for an impy stout. I could not get past the bitterness. I would like to try one these again after it has been aged for a couple years.

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