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RATINGS: 3228   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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allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
I guess that most imperials aren’t 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 I’ll stick with my buddy Rasputin

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 couldn’t be more pleased with the high expectations I had, highly recommended.

SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
No head, very dark brown (black?) body. Molasse, caramel as well as roasted coffee grains and alcoolic aroma. Moderated sweetness balanced with quite good bitterness of long duration. Full body, a bit syrupy, alcoholic feel as a final. One of the best imperial stout I have tasted so far.Sampled at MartinT’s place with other RateBeerians for the "Montreal’s Voyager Par Les Papilles’ first tasting session".

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours a pitch black color with no head. Powerfull and rich aroma of fruity esters, alcohol and roasted malt. Assertive, decadent and delicious flavor of roasted malt, alcohol, fruits and biscuity malt, bitter finish. Very full body, liquorous mouthfeel, medium carbonation. While not particulary complex, this beer amazes me with its raw power and full body.

jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 2006 Vintage. Rated July 2006. Black body with a small quickly fading chocolate coloured head (3+). Muted oily roast and a sweetness accented by traces of nut and molasses undertones, particularly as it warms up. Sweet dark malt middle is sweet with extremely muted roasts, and an oily quality. Medium oily palate is lacking a bit of something to take it up a notch (3+). Very nice, but I think it suffers compared to my memory of it and direct comparisons with other beers on this night. 7/3+/7/3+/14-16 - 3.6<P> 2004 Vintage. Rated Nov-25-04 Black body, a vigourous pour yields a nice chocolate coloured head but can persuade it to stay. (3+) Muted roast, touch of coffee over some notes of alcohol and some dark chocolate. Would rate the aroma higher still if the alcohol was better concealed - that said at 10% its not as in your face as it could be. Flavour has an underlying sour acidity. Surprisingly well balanced with the hops providing a pleasant bitterness that shows up most prominantly in the finish. I found the roast to be very restrained, which I like. Palate is full bodied without being syrupy. Excellent. Thanks again for sharing this one Gunny. Random thought: I wonder if California ever gets turned into zombies, while everyone else is running around groaning "Brains!" will the beer geeks be going "Stoooone!" 7/3/8/4/20 - 4.2

Ungstrup (37598) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 A pitch black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is totally dominated by coffee, with hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, wood, and some hops - and a very dry roasted coffee end.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2004 Poured black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, and alcohol. Flavor matched the aroma. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweet with a big bitter back bone. Very warming. Full bodied. Sticky

fourway4 (4) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
A great beer. The high alcolhol content is quite noticble at first, but the beer finishes up quite smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice finish.

SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2004
aroma was not extremely exciting, but still good. taste was much better. dark chocolate, some subtle berry taste, anise, dry alcohol finish. enjoyable. a good beer to enjoy in the winter and possibly spring as well.

NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
I was expecting a lot, but it came up short. Smelled of molasses and soy sauce. Looked super dark with a dark brown head. Tasted better than it smelled, though this ws far inferior to Old Rasputin and Expedition, in my opinion. Good, not great.

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