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RATINGS: 3079   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 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 (2048) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Dark brown pour with brown lacing and spotty lacing. Roasted aromas with chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. Some fig or grapes. Molasses and brown sugar. Flavors have a big smoke quality to them. Chocolate, coffee and mocha follow. Fruitiness with some caramel. Bitter hops stand out as well. Palate and body are smooth and thick like molasses. Bitter roasted, chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2004 An opaque black color with a dark brown head. No obvious signs of carbonation. Head dies, and leaves a nice lace. Aroma is of roasted coffee and barley, malt, caramel and hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with a light effervescent and sharp hop finish ? rolls and bubbles off the tongue. Flavor is of malt, coffee and chocolate. Sweet at the start with a well balanced, but light (for Stone) hop finish. An apparently simple beer with complex undertones with a nicely balanced combination of intensity and subtleness. A well crafted brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
dark brown almost black, w/a nice tan head. pours like motor oil..., rich coffee aroma & taste w/hints of chocolate. has a thick rich feeling in your mouth, a great imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Wow, this is a big mother... Deep motor oil like pour. Lots of intense aromas (roast barley, chocolate, coffee, smoke, booze, etc.). Ultra rich and smooth as silk. Flavors of crystal malts, chocolate, coffee, bitter yet spicey hops, and a little bit of dark fruit just jam you up. Snappy, lively finish. Going against the grain a bit, I like the edgy hop quality in this one, but Iíll let a few of these age for a while to see how they are when the hops mellow out a bit. 8/5/8/5/17 ReRate,2005 edition: Not as full bodied and rich as the other vintages that Iíve had. Sweeter, too. WAAAAAY boozy both on the palate and in the nose. Iím not as impressed as I used to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Draft: Jet black, with no head by the time it got to my table. Aroma of coffee, sweet syrup, and a hop or two. Flavor, intensely sweet, chewy, almost like syrup, some hop bitterness in the finish. Good, but odd a little too sweet, and not quite to my liking.

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