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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."


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4818) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Completely black in colour, with a frothy brown head which seems to last and last. The pour made the beer look like motor oil going into the glass. Smells of chocolate (bittersweet-70+%), coffee and roasted malt. A very thick mouthful leads to a nice soft taste filled with coffee and chocolate. Some berries do linger on the palate which is really an odd kick, thinking this should be purely roasty and toasty flavours. Definately a good beer, and one of the better IS's i've had, from a pretty darn good brewery, no matter how much I saw about their Imperial IPAs (all 400 of them). Alas, one more top 50 under my belt. I've been waiting for this one for quite a while, and had a good friend (JonR888710) pick it up for me. This was from the 22 ounce bottle purchased at Whole Foods market in Vienna, Virginia.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2003 This beer was acquired in a trade with Dberger624, The King of Philadelphia.
**Wow, this Stone Impereial Stout is as black as a Siberian night. The aroma is intoxicating; it's of chocolate, ripe berries, darkly roasted malt, pears, and raisins. This beer has a soft but chewy mouth-feel, yet the flavor is sweet and coffee like. This is honestly the best example of an Imperial Stout that I have ever had, the only problem I found with this beer is that it is packaged in an un-soberingly large 22oz bottle. This beer is incredibly viscous and filling, but it is a brew that truly rocks!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Dark as night. Small dark head. Liorice, black coffee nose. Dark chewy malts. Desirable sweetness...Molasses, espresso, dark chocolate. Nice balance, big alcohol, assertive malts, wonderfully pleasant hop bitterness. Delicious, perfect with a dark chocolate torte.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Wow. That first drink gets ya. You can feel the alcohol evaporating off your tongue. Dark head. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Tasty. Tasty. Tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Dark and thick. No head. Aroma is of roasted chocolate coffee. Flavor is like dark bitter chocolate. Alcohol is noticed but not to strong.Thick malt feel in the mouth that lasts forever and gets better as it warms. Solid clean slightly bitter finish. A great stout!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Thick and heavy stout. This was dark and had a heavy alcohol flavor. Very sweet and had lots of chocolate. Very enjoyable but not the kind of beer you can finish by yourself if you plan on having anything else.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
sweet mother of christ this is a heavy stout. Pretty much what i expect from stout. Thick, black heavy, roasted malt with heavy alchol flavor. Not a stout for the week hearted.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 28, 2003
black as night, ominous thundercloud like head, aroma of coffee , nuts, fruit and deep malt. taste is sweet malty with a heavy coffee laced bitterness. very rinkable for beer of its magnitude.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 2003This is probably the darkest looking stout I’ve had. First scent to hit my nose as I uncapped this 22oz bottle was cocoa and espresso. Reminded me of an espresso gelato I once had. Very enticing aromas, from a deep black brew with a thin head resting atop. Chocolate, espresso, intensely roasted malts and hints of alcohol and yeast. Velvety smooth stout, extremely smooth and approachable with a slight dryness at the end. Superbly balanced and pure decadence. This is the best product I’ve had from Stone brewery. I drank this bottle at approx. 65 degrees.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
The 2002 was my latest. Viscous, ebon liquid with a great, complex nose and taste. Burnt toast, coffee, cocoa, malt, shale, mineral, leather, and very subtle hop flavors. Incredibly smooth despite the malt/alcohol content. One could get lost just in the aromas, but the taste is so rich and full that it feels like a mouthful of stout nearly 30 seconds after you've swallowed. This is definitely one of my top 25 beers of all time.


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