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RATINGS: 2911   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."


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Pours out so black that no light passes through it. Has a very rich smelling aroma that permeates the room as soon as the bottle is opened. Coffee flavor is very apparant and appreciated. Assaults the taste buds with it’s robust flavor. I purchased a bottle to try it out and went back the next day for another. I highly recommend this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2004
The stout of all Imperial. Basically, Stone put in anthing they could that would still let them call this an Imperial Stout. However, the impressive part is that all the ingredients blend so wel together that, as overpowering as Stone claims it to be, it turned out to be a very wam, mellow brew. Still up to Stone’s strength but definitely one that is easy to finish (just my take some time).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Bottle pours black black BLACK.   Abstolutely NO light gets through this one!   Head settles from a medium frothy light brown to a simple trace.   Lacing is rather attractive.   Aroma is of sweet burnt malts, slightly nutty, chocolate (rather sweet too), seemingly somewhat dry or chalky, along with minor hints of rubbing alcohol.   Flavor is forwardly malty, with a dry semi-sweet chocolate kick and a light soy and hop bite.   Full bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel.   This is rather delicious.   While the aroma had alcohol in it, it is not overberaing.   I am rather amazed as to how easy, and dangerous, this is to drink.   Slightly dry on the finish, with a slight hint of alcohol.   Probably one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had!   HIGHLY recommended.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (958) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2004
The beer looked very dark brown and fully opaque with a nice foamy cream coffee colored head. The look was closer to a regular stout than the inky black appearance that some other Imperial Stouts assume. The aroma was very roasty and chocolaty, with strong notes of anise and licorice. The taste was most impressive, with an intoxicating combination of fruits, coffee, chocolate, and bitter hops that all attempted to squash my taste buds into submission. The alcohol was quite evident in its peppery warmth at the back of the throat that traveled way down into the stomach. There is no attempt at subtlety here at all. This is a monster of a beer that makes you dare to drink up.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluxkritikal (11) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours out completely black, motor oil like. Very little head, and when you pour it, it coats the side of the glass like it was molassas. Bitter taste that doesnt let go with a bite like a pitbull. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3369) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
Tap at the Archer Black with lasting brown head.Roasty chocolatey nose.Lots of malt, medium roast,light chocolate with Medium alcohol heat Chewy, sticks to your teeth

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazyvin (1979) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Quite possilby the best beer i have ever had. Poured a black as night body with a brown head. A perfect aroma a great mx of hops, barley roasted coffee and chocolate notes. It had a very thick mouthfeel. This beer was all there. Very derseving of its postion on this site and my #400th rating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2004
On tap in Buffalo? How did that happen? Very dark color, nice brown head. Full aroma, on the sweeter side, licorice, some dark fruit, some roasted malt, and a few hops. Flavor is lightly sweet, some roast, some dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some green hops. Fuller bodied, fairly short finish for such a big beer, alcohol is well hidden. Very good, I’d like to see this around here more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Pitch black, small tan creamy head. Killer nose of dark roasted coffee, rich chocolate and mocha, berries, anise, and dry citric fruit. Well bittered, but nicely balanced by the malty sweetness. Full bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter-sweet chocolate finish. Just awesome.....

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2004 22ozBottle Pours black with a very small dark tan head that is gone before you know it. No real lacing either. After a min, it looks like the glass is painted Black on the bottom. Taste is of anice, espresso, wood smoke and molassas. Very smokey, almost chard flavor at the end. Mouth feel is thick and heavy. Stone is shooting ya straight when they say"..like used motor oil..." The smokey bitter trailer lasts a long time.


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