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RATINGS: 2977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
I was very disappointed with this beer. It pours a petroleum-esque black with very small but dense head that completely disappears after a minute or two. The aroma is killer: molasses and chocolate, some coffee and a hint of fruit. The flavor totally lacked balance though, and the finish was damn near unpleasantly sweet. I'll give it another try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Pours an opague jet black, with a small but dense dark brown head that mostly diminishes, leaving chunks of lace. Aroma is huge, roasted grain, coffee, burnt caramel, and somewhat vinous. Flavor is grainy, a good bit of fruitiness/dark fruit flavors come through, especially as it gets closer to room temp. Thick, syrup like body, extremely flavorful, truly amazing brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Completely opaque with an ephemeral brown head. Aroma of roasted grains, malt, and hint of the sweet, sour and alcohol that lays in wait - cane sugar. Sweet, caramel, spicy, thick elixir. Roasted nuts. Leaves in its wake roasty, sour, mocha-like flavors and ends with solid, smooth hop caress. Velvety texture. This brew leaves the most amazing aftertaste - I can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of right now. Awesome stuff and well worth waiting so long to try!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
22 oz. bottle. Poured thick and black with a medium tan head. The nose was of chocolate, caramel and alcohol and so was the taste. This has become one of my favorites and I plan on buying all I can. This was the easiest beer to rate, because there was so much going on with it. This is the PERFECT winter warmer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This beer is black, and pours with a minimal, but dense brown head. No color can be seen through this beer, it is so ominously dark. This may be to foreshadow the evil effects it will have upon your opinions of other beers. The aroma smacks you hard with chocolate, malt, hops, and some plum fruit. All distinct, but yet one aroma. It's as if this beer transforms it's smell continously. Upon sipping this silky smooth liquid satin, intense plum, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors bind your tastebuds. Assertive but well balanced hops secure the knots as this deliciously evil brew takes you hostage. You are assaulted by such intense flavors that it is impossible to distinguish the beginning of one from the end of another. The most perfect beer I've experienced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5521) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Poured an opaque black with no head. Actually the bubbles on top, formed like a hurricane on the radar map. Strong aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit (berries?), hops, coffee, and alcohol. Initially prickly on the tongue, leads way to chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, and some hops. Very sweet, with a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol warmed me up on this first cold day of the season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Deep dark brown, which was unpentrable by light with a nice dark brown head. Aroma of Roasted malt, dark fruit and alcohol. taste of roasted chocolate malt, coffer, some caramel malt sweetness, with notes of blackberries, and a touch of hops in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
"Late Spring 2003 Release" Opaque beer out of the bottle with a dark, root beer head that diminished to a foam ring in my snifter. Nose of alcohol, butter and a dark fruit sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of butter, toffee, vanilla, bourbon barrel oak, licorice and molasses. The alcohol is really noticable when you inhale through your mouth. Very much a chilly night snifter beer. Would have been really good with a cigar. Next time...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Thick & dark opaque brown, almost black body w/a cocoa brown head. The head falls pretty quickly, probably due to alcohol, but it laces well. Nose is roasty chocolate w/ some caramel and alcohol fruitiness, as well as a little solventy alcohol notes. The fruitiness is there, but it seems to come from alcohol rather than dark fruit. Alcohol and chocolate dominate initial sip, but then it turns to roasty coffee and a hop finish. Reasonably well balanced w/ light bitterness, still no dark fruit. Carmels creeps in after the first few sips. Fuller body but not chewy w/ minimal carbonation and a warming alcohol presence. It seems as though American Micros take the roasty chocolate approach to Imperial Stouts and seem to lack the dark fruit character the their English counterparts have. I'm disappointed in that fact, but not with this beer. Given a couple more years of cellaring, it may develope the dark fruit character I so desire. This is still a fantastic beer in it's own right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 22, 2003
Black. Little head, no lace. Different from any other beer Ive had. Sits heavy on the tongue, anything thicker you'd have to chew. Very sweet at the same time bitter with strong roasted whiffs and a definite alcohol presence. In hindsight I think I should have cellared this one for a year or three...

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