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RATINGS: 3216   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Alcohol and roasted malt in aroma. Flavour is sweet malty with weak roast. Kind of soapy hints in flavour too. Smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (17269) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled, alc. 10.5%
Opaque black, small cappuchino head. Strong roasted, licorice nose. Full-bodied licorice overload. Sticky hoppy aftertaste. Nice balanced dessert brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerandBlues2 (13055) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle. Pours jet black like a thick molasses with a small creamy tan head and some lined lacing. Port and dark chocolate raisin, plum fruit hop aroma with dark roasted caramel malt throughout. Dark chocolate sour hop (prune) and dark roasted caramel malt flavor, silky with an alcohol finish. Dark and full bodied creamy palate, warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Black pour w/ a nice well laced tan head. Sweet roasted malt, grains, carmel, and some rasberry come through in the aroma. Rich thick creamy palate. Flavor was a BIG roasted malt some fruits w/ toffee & chocolate. This is some nummy stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
excellent beer. black with light caramel-brown foam. Foam coats sides of glass nicely as drunk. Flavor is full, strong hoppy at the back end but not overpowering. Like a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Pours an opaque black, black as night with a thick dark brown head. Very lacy. Smells malty, roasted maltiness, sweet chocolate malt and alcohol. Tastes of alcohol, burnt malt and coffee. Milky too. Oaky vanilla. Tastes kind of like those little chocolate bottles filled with liquor. Rich malt and some alcochol burn in the finish. Creamy mouth and smoky on the back of the throat that lingers. A sipper to be sure but very good. Could stand a little aging and Ill bet it would age very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14504) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
On tap @ Falling Rock poured an opaque black with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Palate was heavy and peppery. Flavors of coffee, burnt malt,and bittersweet chocolate. Possibly one of stones best beers IMNTBHO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours almost pitch black, with a big brown head. Aroma is big, roasted malts, licorice, some coffee and notes of bread. Taste is sweet roasted, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Long roasted/coffee aftertaste. Truely a great stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Pours pitch black with a thick chocolate colored head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, very strongly. The taste knocks you on your ass and asks you how you like it down there. Intense coffee malt and bittersweet chocolate notes, that burn into your taste buds and wont let go. I waited a good forty second after the first sip and could still taste the beer in my mouth. Stone does it again with another phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Oily black pour with a delicious looking layer of dark tan head that leaves a nice fine skim of lace. Wonderfully integrated aroma; a fine textured roastiness, like a freshly pulled shot of espresso. Toffee and rum seemlessly blend with the roast. A surprising amount of buttery character, but it feels intentional, like a nod to the stouts of Samuel Smith. Smooth and firm, but surprisingly gentle dark chocolate flavors, with a little coffee, a bit of dark pit fruit. Big and mouthfilling, but not harsh. All in all rather understated for such a big beer. Not to say it isnt full flavored--it just seems to do an unsually good job of balancing all the flavor contributions. This was an 05 bottle, but it tastes like it has already been well-aged. (Bitterness receeding, finish getting a bit more dry, flavor components blending artfully.) Wonderful!

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