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RATINGS: 2783   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2003 on tap (5/3/04): Pours much less creamy, with less lasting head than a traditional stout. I’m not complaining. Aroma: smoked malt, fruit, hickory, burnt match, smoked jerky, roasted nut. Flavor: simply awesome, olive, malty, maply syrup, smoked malt. Finish: sweet maple syrup, caramel, indescribable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 5/2/04: proud day. 22 oz bottle: 2003 release- smells like butter. chocolate smoke belushi. Relatively large head for a stout..But now it’s disapated quite a bit.. Tastes of a very slighty (smoked/burned) barley.. Pungent. stone is friggin bizzare and outlandish. they make beers that dont follow normal rules about beer. how is this possible? Full mouth experience no doubt. great, dandy swell, aye caramba. When a beer makes you lie down and think about what you are drinking right now, you know you're there.. Just the right bitterness, followed by smoothe roasty chocolate aftertaste. Simple yet, dank as blap! a true oxymoron.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
smooth thick chocolate more than coffee. Like a porter. Roasty aroma - not the main show. Beautiful black. 2003 edition. Too much to finish on own A bit acidic tempered by some food. Bit of carbonation

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2004
I can see why this was rated high! Pours black as night with toasty brown head. Powerful. Roasted coffee, licorice, spices and bitter chocolate at the finish. Chewy and good. Warming and fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gandolph (1) - USA - MAY 1, 2004 does not count
good stout chocolate and coffee full bodied tatsed better as it warmed up would like to have another

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 Spring 2003 reserve. pours the darkest brown. well, it's black actually. but the very thin brown head makes it seem dark brown. the head disappears quickly. no light even shines through this stuff!! the nose is like roasting coffee and the smell of baking chocolate at the Guittard factory (which drives people crazy). mission fig and raisin notes. first carbonation mouthfeel, then roasted malt flavor. next raisin/fig taste, then alcohol, licorice and hop finish. super stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2004
Deep black color with a slim tan head. Very black. Complex aroma. Chocolate, coffee, malt, some hops. Very interesting. Strong taste. Deep chocolate flavor. Creamy. Some berries as well. Hint of coffee too. You can get a bit of the alcohol but not that much. Overall, a really good stout. I was very pleased with this!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Had it side by side with Dark Lord and it held its own. Black. Very black. Frothy brown head. Aroma was complex. Anise, chocolate, coffee, berries. Intoxicating. The flavor was gigantic. Full bodied and rich and creamy. Pour some great chocolate in an equally great coffee and you get the picture. Delicious. Right up there with the Dark Lord. Wow.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Black body with a tan, short-lived head. Coffee aroma with chocolate notes. Big chocolately roast flavor with peachy fruitniness. Flavor actually seems simplistic. Big bold flavors but not that interesting. Bitter, piney finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Thanks to Eyedrinkale! Pours deep black, dark tan head rises from the pitch much to my surprise, fades away slowly. Tiny particles of almost microscopic black dots swirl around the utmost outer edges. Aroma of thick chocolate and espresso wafts up, with a faint hint of alcohol laden spruce and peppermint. The aroma is definite, but not overpowering. Flavor throws me straight back into my childhood, specifically to the ripple of molten fudge running through Baskin Robins Fudge Ripple ice cream. Touch of pepsin, more chocolate notes, cream, mint, anise, and dark fruit. The layers of flavor are subtle (for an Imperial) and well integrated. The flavor lingers in your mouth long after the swallow without losing intensity. A stunningly good brew. NOTE: 2006 version rather different, most notably sweeter with more of a molasses element thrown in. Good, but not quite on par with previous years IMHO. Leaving up previous rating, as I think that is probably the most representative of what this beer in top form is all about.


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