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RATINGS: 2946   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 What can I say that hasnít been said. This is one of my top 3 personal beers. I stock up every year when it comes out but I never seemt to get enough for me let alone all my buddies that want it when it runs out at the stores. Damn this brew is Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhblane (6) - USA - JUL 4, 2004 does not count
This is one big mother of a beer!! Just like it says, poured like Siberian Crude in the middle of a Russian Winter!! This beer created a Black hole in my Stone IRS glass, with a creamy 2.5 finger head that dissipated at a moderate rate. Smell is dark chocolate, black currants, anise and moderate alcohol. Taste is built around a big malty backbone, with prunes, raisins, espresso and finally a warming alcohol bite, then finishes mildly acidic. This taste lingers oh so pleasingly on the palate. This is a true "Sippin" beer that is to be enjoyed much like a fine after dinner Cognac. It took me well over an hour and a half to finish one of these 22oz Bombers! The 10.8% is somewhat hidden, but will rise up and let you feel itís presence well before you finish one of these. I am cellaring a case for this winter and maybe more!!! I cannot imagine a better IRS than what Stone has turned out this season, and at $3.99 a bottle, it is a complete steal. I am, not worthy!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 so i decided to bring out the big guns tonight... this brew is awesome. pours so dark and like a typical imperial stout looks. there is one problem. i will not give any beer a 5 because i believe there is no perfect beer and that it can always get better. so greg, make this better! er...yeah i dont think its possible. this is GREAT. im so glad i was able to score some of this. i actually have a bottle of 03 that i am going to let sit for another year or so before i drink it- this one is an 04. coffee, alcohol, and cherries- like it says, in the aroma. perfect score there. dark and very thick. coffee alcohol chocolaty flavor. this is a great beer, and with 5 more, i cant wait to see how this beer progresses over time. this deserves its top spot on this site, without question.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Roasty, lovely, fruity, raisiny dark, sweet chocolate, lovely smell. Taste: bit too much hops, too oily, tad astringent. Malt is there but not sweet enough. The more I drink the more it tastes like soy sauce and anise, quite unappealing. They say to let this age. I will eventually have to rerate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1883) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 Accurate commercial description, "pour like used motor oil and taste even heavier!" This Imperial Stout was dark as night with little foam and had a heavy alcohol aftertaste. Roasted flavor mixed with bitterness and fruit undertones. My sample was served at 50-55 degrees bringing out optimum flavor of this Imperial Stout. NOTE: Original sample scored 3.1, second time around had much better aroma and appearance. Same keg, different glass, different days, same nose and eyes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
Tasted in NYC. Tasted at brewtopia 04. Aroma is of alcohol and licorice. Very sweet smelling. Appearance is jet black. Thick taste and consistency. Sweet start, middle, finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
On tap at Brewtopia í04. Poured almost black, with a strong aroma of currant and licorce. Taste was chocolate, with licorce and coffee with a decent alcohol warming on the way down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Glad I finally found this beer. Deep deep black. Sweet cofee and alcohol aroma. Taste is incredible.... very full. Some alcohol burn. Coffee, chocolate, and a good bitter taste. Stone continuous to be one of my favorites. This is one incredible beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2586) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Very dark indeed. Thin brown head. Rich aroma, plummy with raisins, mocha. Mildly acrid and husky. Rich and smooth flavor, well integrated and velvety. Roasted character is strong, with mild plummy and figgy fruitiness. Somwhat acidic. A woody and herbal hop finish is apparent upon very close inspection, but this beer is clearly a dominantly malty concoction. Alcohol is exceedingly well placed despite a nice warming in the chest. Not the most complex of beasts, but a well made one. Could use a drier finish IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2004
A wonderful taste on the tongue, not overpowering alcohol taste, very chocolaty, Espresso like. Not as harsh as I expected, thats a plus, a very warming beer! I will be aging some. Long aftertaste.

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