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RATINGS: 3205   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
RBMNG 10-03-04. By the time I sampled this at the recent Ratebeer Minnesota gathering, I pretty much had had my fill. So, shucks, Ill probably have to re-rate it down the road. Beautiful rich, bourbon aroma with high alcohol presence. Very little to no head. Engine oil consistency. Wonderful flavor. Nutty. Thick. Syrupy. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Rating #199. Bottle, Summer 2004 release. Black, with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate. coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste is more of the chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness as well. Very good, as good as Speedway, maybe better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 5, 2004
Extremely black appearance with deep brown head which didnt linger long in my glass. Taste is rich with a mingling of coffee and chocolate. Pretty oily in the mouth, the residue sticks on the tongue providing a pretty lingering mouthfeel. Rather enjoyable to sip on for awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Based on the reviews on this Web site, I have to admit I was expecting a lot more from this beer. Dark black color with little to no head. The nose is an immediate hit of sweetness. With notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and alcohol. Oily and thin. With a strong chocolate prescence and underlying flavors of roasted coffee and alcohol. Good stuff but just didnt live up to expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (5044) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Black color with a little head. Oak aroma. Bitter chocolate taste with a bit of random berries. Some coffee, but not enough to spoil the other tastes. Alcoholic and slightly woody as well. Medium bodied and well balanced. Damn!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Christ,this thing was absolutely black.This is another great beer from Stone,shit,you just cant understand how brewers can perform such magic.The aromas coming from my glass were amazing.Deep rich notes of chocolate,expresso and berries.Take a sip swirl it like wine in your mouth and try to not be amazed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2307) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Exceptional impy stout, black color, minimal dark brown head, very little lacing, dark roasted aroma with hints of coffee & dark chocolate, full-bodied but yet very drinkable & smooth, very enjoyable to sit down & take your time to sip on, only got better when it warmed, flavors included alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate & roasted coffee, very strong finish with more alcohol & dark roasted flavors, long-lasting & warm aftertaste, one of the best impy stouts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Black w/ rocky dark brown foam. Robust, roasty aroma of anise, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit & cherries. Thick, oily body. Complex, roasty aroma of , dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit, cherries & hops. Nice warm, long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scott S. (8) - North Royalton, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2004 does not count
This Black beer with a brown head set the tone for this Awesome beer..Dont drink it cold,,slightly warm and the taste really comes to life..the great mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate, and hops make this beer worth driving out of your way for...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UNCCTF (575) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2003 bomber. I bought this during my trip to Palo Alto back in May, but just havent found the right moment to drink it. Finally, I just said what the hell. Pitch black, when I was pouring it into my snifter I could see the thickness as it left the bottle. Aroma is of alcohol, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet with heavy alcohol notes, with the perfect heavy finish that contains the mild hop I so crave from a stout. I swore I would never rate a beer a perfect 5.0.... well, I lied.

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