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RATINGS: 3044   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 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, Iíd like to see this around here more.

   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.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3123) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2004
bottled: i drank this the other night after being in europe for a month....a very different beer then what i had drank over there and not a disapointment. pours dark chocolate brown with a tan large bubbly head. huge nose of espresso, brown sugar, alcohol and burned notes. flavor follows through in the beer, nice full rich deep flavor, hearty and thick....heavy on the palate, with bourobn alcohol notes. dark chocolate-puddingish. this one can rock your world so go slowly and sip. i betcha ya like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2004
A black, opaque brew with a small head sitting on top. It had a strong roasted grain flavor with lots of coffee and chocolate in the background. A good heavy smack to each mouthful and yet it rolled easily over the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Wow. After trying two rather poor beers today this really stands out. Thick, black liquid. Little carbonation, enough to generate a thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, huge roasted flavors with a bucket of chocolate. Hops finish with a nice subdued touch. Fantastic brew. Time to cellar some up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
By far the best example out of all the past stouts. I need not get into detail about the flavor the ratings speaks for itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2004
something else this brew is. took mine out of storage (bottle 1 of 2 anyway) a bit early. but hell i had to try it. sensational. chocolaty, coffee, malty, dark and rich. overall just great. cant wait for the 2nd bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
USABryan (1) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004 does not count
WOW - I usually donít like heavy stoutís and this has changed my opinion forever!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 #200 for me!! Black color pour with a thick dark tan head. Good lacing. The aroma was roast and coffee. The taste was good. Very well balanced with no one flavor dominating. There was a definite alcohol warming. THIS is how you do high alcohol. Too many big alcohol beers are out there that overwhelm you with alcohol flavor. This was done right.

RERATE: 2004 bottle. 2 years old. Pour is solid black with a dark tan rich head. Aroma is mild chocolate and very mild coffee. The flavor is mild and smoothed out quite a bit. Very nice. 8/4/8/5/17

2002 Bottle aged 5 years. I have heard that some of these were infected. Fortunately for me, this doesnít smell or taste the least bit infected. The pour is smooth and black. Even held up to sunlight, there is no light showing nor any hint of any color other than black. The carbonation is still very much alive and the bubbles produced are surprisingly large. It almost looked like I poured a coke. The head eventually settles to a ring of dark tan cream around the glass. Swirly results in some spotty bubbles on the sides of the glass, but nothing I would call lacing. The aroma is heavily chocolate with some mild roast. I donít smell any alcohol. Maybe just a touch of fruit or anise hiding in the background. The flavor profile is much the same as the bouquet, but I canít detect the anise in the flavor. The body is a little thin, but Iím guess that can be attributed to the age. A pleasure to drink and still very good, but I think 2 years is the target for this beer. 8/3/7/4/17

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