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RATINGS: 3226   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."

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walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
22oz. Bottle, summer í05 release. Poured (snifter) impressive thick black with a very dark brown head. Not as oily an appearance as I had expected-- thins around the edges to a medium brown. Lots of various and heavy roasted aromas-- chocolate dominates, along with coffee, dark fruits, licorice, and a fair amount of alcohol. Heavy body. When cold, the chocolate sweetness is a little overpowering, but as it warms the other roasted malts and flavors come out. Almost chewy mouthfeel with a long aftertaste of bitter chocolate. Surprisingly balanced and smooth for Stone. An impressive hulk of a beer!

TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Deep black with thin brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and french roast coffee. Very complex and the gravity of this beer cannot be hidden, except perhaps with age. Tastes quite spicy with a burnt taste. Mouthfeel is very heavy, oily, and very aggressive. Finish is quite long, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, and slightly sweet.

xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Holy God. This is a Stout and a half. Incredible size in every element in this Imperial. Indeed it warms the bones. I believe this is Stoneís finest craft by far. Typical super heavy coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolates in it, but wow are they brewed to perfection. Mouthfeel was syrup, but not too oily which is good. This stout is like a full meal in a bottle.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
22oz - 2005 - Aroma is thick like every other quality in this brew, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and alcohol. Pours solid black with a very small brown head and no lacing. Flavor is heavy with coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Palate weighs a ton and sticks like glue. Very nice indeed. Iím excited to taste it aged.

allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a wonderful medium-brown head.The nose is, as advertised, intense, with some fruit notes and a hint of anise. The mouth-feel is just what one should expect from an Imperial, oily and a little sticky. The flavor is outstanding, with chocolate, and currants up front, and a nice, hop-bitter finish to the brew. Truly an Imperial Stout to return to!

madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours oily black with thin light brown head. Aromas of chocolate syrup, espresso, caramel. Tastes like coffee and some fruitness. The coffee taste is not overpowering like some imp stous. Real balanced. Feels full and rich in the mouth. Finishes bitter, can definitely taste the bitterness and it lingers for quite a while.

chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
May be the best imperial stout Iíve had. The head looks like pure chocolate when from the tap. Beer floats made with high quality dense vanilla ice cream are dreamy with this!!! (my new favorite dessert)

lamas (1636) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No light shows through the opaque black pour. One of the darkest brown heads Iíve ever seen. Powerfully rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla beans and overripe plums. Packed with intense flavors. Starts off with some very sweet vanilla and dark fruity flavors and transitions its way to some milk-chocolate. Finishes with a roasty, black coffee bitterness that doesnít linger too long. Thereís also some anise and vanilla extract present at this point. Pretty well-balanced too. Moderate amounts of warming alcohol throughout, and in the end itís a little excessive. Thick and full-bodied.

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 pours a thick black with a thin brown head, aromas of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is a chocolate explosion, with some roasted malt/coffee flavor, this is a damn good stout.

Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours oily black with no head. Aroma is coffee up front, with some chocolate, alcohol and faint hops. Flavor more balanced than aroma. As the coffee isnít as big a presence. Lots of chocolate and some dark fruits with the same hop finish. My 4.1 isnít bad, but just doesnít compare to Expedition IMO.

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