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RATINGS: 3202   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled. Pours an intense black colour and builds a big, brown-coloured, frothy head. One can see the thickness of the body, while pouring it. The first aroma impressions are chocolate, lots of it, a fruitiness that I would describe as dark cherries, and coffee. The first sips reveal a melange of chocolate and coffee that reminds of choco-moccacino. Behind that lies roastmaltiness, sweetness and fruity flavours like blackcurrant and dark cherries. Ends alcoholic (of the vineous variety) and leaves a bitter-chocolate aftertaste. Very full-bodied with a creamy-thick texture. I really loved this beer. I would not say its perfect, because Its very demanding and extreme, and it took me some while to finish the bottle, but still one of the best beers Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 25, 2004
Pours black with a tiny tan head. Chocolate taste with average hop aftertaste, not as hoppy as i was hoping for. Slight alcohol taste. Great stout, but this has nothing on Storm King.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Jet Black, small tan head that disappeared. It really coats the glass as you swirl it. Very strong aroma of coffe, alcohol, cherries, hint of chocolate. Very heavy feel, very rich flavor. Weighty and coating, long aftertaste. Flavor is somewhat unidimensional, bitter coffee, alcohol, some licorice and maybe some chocolate. Good beer, man, good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Black, with a small brown head. Sweet, sugary nose with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is bitter. Very bitter. Has touches of coffee, soy souce, alcohol, and chocolate cake.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pour is slow, with a thick body that is pitch black with no head, a very taunting, intimidating look about it. Aroma is intense: licorice, cherries, espresso, cocoa, and lots of alcohol. The flavor echoes the aroma, as it starts with a sweet, fruity rush followed by an incredibly sharp, bitter coffee punch. As the beer approaches room temperature, the burnt coffee becomes a dominant feature. Absolutely a killer brew, I look forward to the next release.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Finally able to get ahold of this thing on oh my was it worth the wait. Dark in colour with a very warm and soothing nose full of chocolatey malts and hops, the taste is quick with alcohol and hops. Very very enjoyable and not nearly as rough as I think some of their stuff can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13525) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Deep black stout with a deep fruity chocolate and hops in aroma, and alcohol., almost like Cherry Blossoms. Deep sweet cherries dipped in alcohol and coated with chocolate. Hops well balanced thoughout. Excellent offering.(Sept. 2004)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Deep chocolate aroma, with the usually roasted malts and a very slight hoppiness. Starts out smooth, chocolatey in the mouth, then the alcohol kicks in. The thickest beer Ive ever had the pleasure of tasting. Can taste it long after its gone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
I guess that most imperials arent my bag. This one was reminscent of EKU 28, a strong sweet burnt alcohol flavor. I drank the 22 in 3 hours +. But after the first snifter, my taste buds were almost useless from being overpowered. It is a early summer 2004 release, maybe needs to age a bit. For now Ill stick with my buddy Rasputin

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
22oz bomb from the 2004 batch. As I was pouring this I was reminded that my car needs an oil change. Wow this is thick stuff, and about as dark and opaque as a beer can get. An excellent dark tan/brown head arose from the snifter as this was poured and stuck around for a bit before leaving a lace as is dropped to a bubbly ring around the beer. First smells that hit me were the bittersweet dark chocolate and the roasted coffee. After that notes of fruits and a touch of alcohol could be found. The taste begins with a bit of sweetness followed by the chocolate and roasted coffee. You get hit with the alcohol around the middle of the taste but not in a negative way and some fruity flavors as well. A nice bitter finish and this one lingers around a bit in your mouth well after you drink it. Mouthfeel is HUGE, a small sip seems to fill the mouth and it is so rich and creamy feeling. This goes down extremely easy for the alcohol and overall hugeness of the brew. Awesome brew I couldnt be more pleased with the high expectations I had, highly recommended.

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