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RATINGS: 3151   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Theres no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Im 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!" Thats 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."

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Thanks RLB for giving me a generous glass of this. Aroma nice deep roast malt, chocolate, just enough coffee and some currant. Poured a thick dark almost black with a chocolatey colored head. Flavor was yummy, just as advertised in the nose with some additional vanilla and fruit undertones combine nice with the hops to balance it nicely. Palate was thick and rich with a creamy finish. I thought this was just sooo good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Had this on draught at Mountain Sun, Boulder. Beer poured with the appearance of rich motor oildark, nearly opaque brown-color with an average-sized, creamy brown head that left attractive arches of lace on the glass. The aroma was heavily malty with deeply roasted grain, chocolate and coffee with light notes of cookie; heavily hoppy with notes of resin/pine; and loads of miscellaneous components that included a trace of coconut and moderate amounts of raisin / dried stone fruit, coffee-like berry notes and wood. The flavor was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an extra-long, moderately sweet, lightly acidic, harshly bitter finish full of smokey retros. The body was full, the texture was creamy, the carbonation was soft and the finish was lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
notpeewater (1) - USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
This is my favorite beer. Unfortunately it only comes out once a year. Fortunately, I purchased two cases! This beer is wonderfully rich in flavor with strong hints of espresso, chocolate and licorice. Its super smooth too. WARNING: This beer has a high alcohol content ;-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate, some licorice and faint dried fruit. Appears a deep dark brown with frothy, creamy brown head. Flavor is rich sweet chocolate, with sharp bitter hops at the finish. Palate is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and at least equal to the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
65 cl bottle. Pitch black colour with a lovely head. Great aroma of coffee, roastedness and sweetness. Also great flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, some oli and notes of coffee. Ends up very complex and AMAZING. I really love this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
I sampled the Early Summer 05 release I must say it was great!! The calling card "midnight black" color, it looked like something that came out of the engine of a 1950 Studebaker! Aroma was roasty, mouthfeel was strong and chewy. Flavor was simply wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 2004 vinatge; on tap at the Moan and Dove. (Also have had 22oz bottle several times.) pours dark brown (not as black as the more recent versions) with a light brown head that dissipates after a couple swigs. aromas of chocolate, figs, and a little smokiness. flavor is very nice--more chocolate and those oh so subtle hops that make this beer one of my favorite imperial stouts. wanted to have another one, but i gotta drive home somehow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a dark black with brown tones and has a thick tan head that lingers with the entire pour. The smell is of dark chocolate, plums, raisins, black cherries and no alcohal to be smelt. As I tasted this beer the bitterness from the hops kicks to the fore-front as well the malty chocolate essence and finishes sweet caramel and nutty. This beer is so smooth I could drink it all day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours a nice deep brown to black> Beautiful dark tan head one of the best imperial heads around that I have seen to date. Aroma was full of Chocolate and roast malt with some hints of fruits and wood. Taste was incredible with Chocolate and roast malt. very balanced flavor with the hint of fruit added to it. Very balanced Imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 bottle. Pours like motor oil and leaves a ridiculously dark brown head. The inviting aroma is so strong that I can smell it before I take a whiff up close. This stuff smells damn good. Theres plenty of chocolate and coffee of course, but also there is plenty of sweet wood which reminds me of a good scotch. The flavor is wonderfully complex and very assertive. Plenty of mlik chocolate, more woody notes with a very earthy foundation. Theres a little nut flavor as well, perhaps in the vein of pecans. The alcohol (10.8% for the 05) is not even detectable unless under the harshest scrutiny. Some faint, distant hops make themselves known in the finish. I was expecting something more ridiculous from Stone, but this is just sensibly complex and damn savory.
[May 27, 07]
Bottle of the 2007 stuff. Pours black with a firm dark tan head. Very nice lacing. This is definitely a good looking beer. Man, this stuff smells so good. Savory, rich roasty espresso, earth, mocha, hickory, a bit of pine are all noted. Palate is thick and chewy. I love this beer. This time around I drank a fresher bottle, but truth to tell, its not a whole lot different than my first experience. Id say there are more bitter notes present now, and the heavy body doesnt seem quite as syrupy, but this beer definitely can hold up with some age on it. There is a very nice chocolate presence that comes out in the finish along with a smoky, nutty flavor that dries the palate a little. Obviously, as this bad boy warms it gets even more delicious. The alcoholic qualities fade away completely and more density is felt. This is truly a top notch imperial stout. I was a little afraid that revisiting this one after Ive tasted so many others in the style since, I would appreciate it less. But no, it is delectable.
[March 30, 2009]
Bottle of the 2009. Pours ebony with a very well formed dark head. The aroma is chewy, roasty, with hints at raisins, molasses, dark choco

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