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RATINGS: 2777   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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."


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Hoppy candied fruit aroma.Hoppy chocolate cherry flavor that gets softer as it warms up.Strange salty sour finish.Hides the alcohol well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2002
I feel almost let-down. Stone on the label is usually a bond, and although this certainly wasnít bad, it wasnít the usual high quality i expect. The aroma was pleasant exuding chocolate and roastiness. The body resembled a dark morass crowned by a rich brown head. The flavor began pleasant with the chocolate and roastiness but then this sour/vinegar flavor cuts in and ruins the flavor development. I canít imagine (judging from reviews and my past experiences with Stone) that this was intentional or the result of carelessness. Still, I feel like something happened with this batch that wasnít supposed to.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Black as George Bush's heart with a good old fashioned flare of communism. This beer is impossible to see light through, smells like sweet/sour molasses and tastes like...like...man, there is so much here: sweet maple, bitter chocolate, a hint of coffee. Wow, I'm really taken aback by the richness of this beer, but it is really fantastic. Lacks a bit in head and lace but more than makes up for it in taste and palate. This sticks to my palate like flies on kaka. Man, it may even be worth the $4.50 I payed for the bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Wow. No idea how to describe this beer. Just let me echo everyone else and say its good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2002
This was a nice thick imperial. Had coffee notes as wel as some roasted flavors. it was dank

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2002
After reading all the reviews on this beer, I was sadly disappointed when I finally had it. I found it to be rather "thin" feeling in the mouth for a stout. The alcohol was masked fairly well. The flavor was nothing spectacular. I wonít go out of my way to get this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2002
Viscous beer with extreme firm very dark beige head. Merengue, coffee, smoke, and pineapple in the aroma. Bitter flavor with coffee some smoked tones. sourish with powerful bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 A very sweet dark stout. Not terribly roasted. Good flavor. Nice beer. Didn't go well with salty snacks though. Good beer for cold days.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 11, 2002
Huge beer. Fluffy brown head, black syrupy look. Had a taste of black walnuts initially then everything else. Coffee, chocolate. Warmed me up so much I turned on the A/C.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Velveeta99 (13) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Rather thick, like motor oil. Faint aromas, revealing espresso notes - I canít remember having a beer like this. The carbonation tickles the tongue. As it warmed, and I got more and more buzzed, I thought some fruit notes came out. Massive imperial.


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