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RATINGS: 2878   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Thick, rich, sweet, and very palatable imperial stout. I like it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 (my original rating of this seems extremely ignorant, either that or I had a slightly off bottle - it is now one of my favorite imperials, right behind alesmith and bells) Great, jet black, opaque appearance and the perfect amount of carbonation. I expected a bit more from the aroma, it just has a gentle maltiness. This has decent body and nice coffee flavor, and I can curtainly taste the anise and currants the commerical description suggests. There is a brief bitterness that is very suprising. This beer seems like a ’beefed-up’ version of Heavyweight Imperial Porter. Not bad at all. Thanks Racegoer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 Pitch black color, opaque, with a nice light brown head. The aroma was full of coffee, cherry, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was equally full...roasted coffee, sweet cherry, chocolate, currant, and alcohol. Massive flavor...one of the hugest beers I've tried. This stout seems to be getter better every year. Beautiful work of art!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Black as the Ace of Spades, little head. Aroma of molases and citrus. Flavor is BIG malt, coffee, brown sugar and alcohol. It is like battery acid on the palate, big sour curling of the tounge and the tastes buds. The palate is like no other beer I have tasted. Best imperial stout that I have had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Another over the top brew from Stone. An Imperial anything should be over-the-top. 2nd only to Samuel Smith’s.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 I'm really beginning to feel this beer with every sip. Motor-oil darkness with a little blood redness around the edges. Head is firm and lasting, yet subdued. Big, yeast-cake nose teases the olfactory senses. Mouthfeel is soft and gentle, with a light milkshake-like presence. My gums cringed with acidity though. Some roast; some coffee; some dark fruit; some of a lot of other things too. Oily flavors linger and dance and prance in the mouth, long after the music has stopped. Sweet and sour flavors swirl. Lasting and enjoyable. Re-rate, 2004: Smooth and rewarding palate. Very rich and chocolaty with dark-roasted malt flavors throughout. Acidity is not like it was last year -- much better. Warm alcohol. Quite a large hop presence, leaving behind a decent amount of bitterness. Really good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Dark and beautiful, superb nose that offers dozens of aromas including chocolate, cocoa, molasses, raisons, soy, milk, spices, etc. The alcohol isn’t too well masked, but it is easily sipped as a dessert. Lots going on here.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1665) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Re-rate: Summer 2003 version. Much heavier and robust than original drinking. Magic had some how transformed solid into liquid and poured it into my glass. Milk chocolate texture and flavors. Dark roasted espresso beans fused with mild bitter hops. A must have. Original: Pumpkin spice nose. Nice balance of malt and hops, which is very noticable. An excellent craft beer that demonstrates an equitable drinking experience. A penultimate of triumph of bright malted flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 The gaping gaze of a fierce dark chocolate bull mastiff paralyzed my tastebuds...With clenched oak teeth, colossal oily limbs and long blackberry molasses drool runs, it approached me with quizzical rage in its eyes and lunged forward to assail me...Grapes tumbled and roasted coffee beans rumbled until logic gambled and a hopstruck moan escaped my sweating visage...The beast had finally recognized its friend and proceeded to moisten my startled cheeks and forehead with humid anise and even more chocolate...A beautiful moment laced with sighs of relief...

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 An absolutely impressive and unmistakable Stout by Stone Breweries. Even before the first sip the brown/black hue lets you know you have quite a kick awaiting you! The color shows signs of amber towards the end, but through and through, it is a magnificent looking piece of work. The smells of coffee and alcohol are extremely appealing and the taste does dances around the tongue. It absolutely grabs your tongue and takes it along for the ride. It has a very strong, defined taste that is not for the beer unsophisticates. An impressive Stout worthy of a very high rating. Update: Upon my second taste of a mildly aged bottle, this is the king of beers thus far. This is the type of booty wars were fought over! Outstanding....in a word RERATE 12/25/02: Aroma of coffee, espresso, mocha, vanilla, and roast. Head of a mild orangey brown color, and a viscous liquid black as death even when held directly in front of a light source. A taste of berries, chocolate, caramel, cracker jacks, espresso, mocha, coffee, and alcohol which only gets stronger and fuller with each taste. After facing this against my other favorites, there is no comparison....the imperial russian stout is by far tops in my book, nothing even comes close.


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