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RATINGS: 2967   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 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 (1306) - 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) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Pours black as tar for the bottle. You can smell the roasted, chocolate and dark fruity smell (currants?) from nearly arms length. Initial flavor is huge - tons of malt body, great roastedness, nice level of hops. Finishes dry leaving you wanting more. Similar to Victory Storm King, but lacking the real hop kick of the Victory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Big, black, and menacing. I haven't decided if Imperial Stout fits my palette yet, but this beer is worth developing a taste for. Chicory, coffee, smokey, roasted, hoppy aroma. So...the sip. intense. Some imperial stouts start malty and end hoppy. Some start hoppy and end malty. This one was a rich symphony of flavors, finishing to a slightly dry bitterness. My goodness! My Guinness? Makes Guinness taste like a standard pilsner. Oops, where'd the head go? Maybe like light in a black hole, the head was sucked in on itself. The beer now is oily, and when I roll it around in the glass, like 'Kilroy Was Here', it leaves its oily signature all over. Last sip. I am starting to feel the ABV now--warm, bitter, brown sugar, black current-like buzz. Well, I have finished the bottle now. I am left with a warm, bitter longing (like my first wife only with more flavor). Inviting and complex beer. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Yep, sure did pour like Siberian Crude (or at least Vicks 44). What head there was during the pour exited stage right leaving an oily ring around the top of this brew, a sign of a heavy-bodied brew. The aroma is surprisingly restrained. Hints of roasted malt, anise, brown sugar, Vienna roast coffee, date and a light hop twang. Vinous. The mouthfeel is pure delight. It's oily heavy, chewy and syrupy, yet not very sticky. The alcohol cleans the palate nicely. Big malt sweetness is fully countered by spicy hops, a work of art to balance this monster. Taste also hinted of twangy smoke and Turkish coffee dryness. Worthy of it's place among the pantheon of world class Imperial Stouts. Thanks for the trade Acrodizer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Slight metallic tinge but muted by big chocolate and coffee bitterness and burnt malts. Brown sugar and vanilla. Light hops tang, musky and strong. Huge foamy cocoa brown lacing, lasting head. Dark black clear. Thick oily body, heavy. Light smooth carb after pour. Huge taste. Sweet and bitter up front. Like burnt coffee with chocolate milk. Smoky. Alcohol. Vanilla. Finish is big sweet bitter burnt with nutty chocolate bitter burnt after. Awesome imperial stout - just shy of the complexity and bigness of DFHWWS (18%). Damn good.

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