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RATINGS: 2901   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Deep dark brown, which was unpentrable by light with a nice dark brown head. Aroma of Roasted malt, dark fruit and alcohol. taste of roasted chocolate malt, coffer, some caramel malt sweetness, with notes of blackberries, and a touch of hops in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
"Late Spring 2003 Release" Opaque beer out of the bottle with a dark, root beer head that diminished to a foam ring in my snifter. Nose of alcohol, butter and a dark fruit sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of butter, toffee, vanilla, bourbon barrel oak, licorice and molasses. The alcohol is really noticable when you inhale through your mouth. Very much a chilly night snifter beer. Would have been really good with a cigar. Next time...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Thick & dark opaque brown, almost black body w/a cocoa brown head. The head falls pretty quickly, probably due to alcohol, but it laces well. Nose is roasty chocolate w/ some caramel and alcohol fruitiness, as well as a little solventy alcohol notes. The fruitiness is there, but it seems to come from alcohol rather than dark fruit. Alcohol and chocolate dominate initial sip, but then it turns to roasty coffee and a hop finish. Reasonably well balanced w/ light bitterness, still no dark fruit. Carmels creeps in after the first few sips. Fuller body but not chewy w/ minimal carbonation and a warming alcohol presence. It seems as though American Micros take the roasty chocolate approach to Imperial Stouts and seem to lack the dark fruit character the their English counterparts have. I'm disappointed in that fact, but not with this beer. Given a couple more years of cellaring, it may develope the dark fruit character I so desire. This is still a fantastic beer in it's own right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 22, 2003
Black. Little head, no lace. Different from any other beer Ive had. Sits heavy on the tongue, anything thicker you'd have to chew. Very sweet at the same time bitter with strong roasted whiffs and a definite alcohol presence. In hindsight I think I should have cellared this one for a year or three...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Spring 2003: Pours pitch black, can't even see through the column of beer being poured. Very little head though and no lacing. Aroma is full of plum and roasted chocolate. hoppy coffee! Flavor is almost cloying with the sweet malt and hoppy background. Well balanced but very assertive. Finishes slightly acidic and sweet but slightly creamy. This is a very big imperial stout but could use some aging before drinking, it was a tad too sweet at the time I drank it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Dark brown color with a milk chocolate, creamy colored head. Nice lacing. Aroma is mainly alcohol, strong enough to burn your nose. Once you get past the alcohol, notes of roasted malt, cough syrup, slight hops. A vinous taste(obviously) somewhat bitter, raisins, alcohol. Dry sticky finish. Not in my top 50, an over-rated Imperial in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 2, 2003
This one pours out black as can be with a nice head that that hangs around for a while. It is smooth in the mouth and has flavor to match. Keep up the good work Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
03' bottle: Black liquid with a dark brown head. Head dissapates and leaves a full ring. Roasty,hoppy,malty and slight alcohol in the aroma. Soft mouthfeel,velvety texture.Big body without being syrupy. Black malt,roasty,coffee,caramel,and charcoal notes in the flavor. Finish is smooth and oozes down the throat. Malty,dark chocolate,roasty,finish. Hops in the finish balance it out nicely. Lingering malted milk balls and alcohol. This is a butt-kicker!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 25, 2003
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Wicked strong. Poured out so black, it dimmed the lights in the room. Thick, brown head collapsed into a foamy blanket on top of the beer. Had it in my favorite Guinness Nonic glass. Aromas of expresso, burnt malt, and charcoal. Ashy white charcoal. Not much in the way of hops aromas either. Just burnt. Slight solvent aroma indicates the high alcohol levels in this monster. Tasted good, however. Very strong malt backbone carries this beer thru what can only be described as a journey. A journey into darkness. Dry finish, with warming alcohol prevalent throughout. Another kick ass combination from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Pours out an oily black color with a brown head. Some carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Smell of roasted malts with some alcohol. Berry flavor mostly covering up the alcohol to a point. The roastiness comes through in the finish. Definately oily thick on the palate. I'd say the berry taste transcends what I expect from a stout. Not as good as Victory Storm king, which masks the alcohol better in my opinion. I have let the beer warm a bit as the description reccomends, but it hasn't changed a bit. This beer is on my rerate list.

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