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RATINGS: 3122   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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."

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Ron (4220) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Wow, this was very enjoyable. Thanks JB for providing me with a glass of this terrific brew. It was very sweet and malty with a creamy body and only a slightly bitter aftertaste. As it warmed it did bring out deeper richer flavors. I can’t wait till I have it again.

Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2005
What a great beer. Pours a dark brown almost black with tan head. Nice thick beer full of flavor. Taste of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Smells as it tastes. Not a weak beer this one brings it!!

jb (3427) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Black with dark reddish tan head. Intense aroma that is woody, with coffee, alcohol and cherry. Cream rich palate that is grainy as well. This stuff is pretty fine indeed.

BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bomber: First, I would like to apologies to BLAS for this rating but this is truly a great beer. Poured a thick dark brown color, with a small tan head that produced little to no lacing. The aroma was full of milk chocolate, molasses, and roastedness, but did have a hint of alcohol. Great tastes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and light alcohol. FULL creamy body that left a bitter and smoky aftertaste. Truly an awesome beer!

oh6gdx (26485) - 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.

TBone (18417) - 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.

BeerandBlues2 (13872) - 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.

MIBRomeo (2579) - 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.

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.

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 I’ll bet it would age very well.

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