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RATINGS: 3044   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 (2004 version) Much different than last years version. Lots of licorice and some spice comes through in the aroma and flavor. ABV is very well hidden. Day old coffee and dark chocolate are present throughout. This is great and should only improve with age! (2003 realease)Popped the hood of my car, got out a funnel, opened up the bottle... Oh wait, you mean this isn't 30 weight? Pours like used oil with a paper thin, deep brown head. Smells like chocolate, coffee, hops, smoke, burned toast and alcohol. Tastes like a slightly burned brownie with an overripe banana, washed down with day old coffee and a shot of brandy (But in a GOOD way!) This is the best imperial I've had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2004
Intense. Extremely thick, heavy, alcoholic mouthfeel. Not as roasty as i would have liked, some vanilla, and toasty/roasty/choc, quite citric and extremely hoppy, hop bitter. In fact the malts play a secondary role to the intensity of the hops, hops are quite citric/acidic/bitter. To be honest felt a little out of place for me, especially when mixed with the vanillin/choc malts, some vegetable stock and spice in there aswell. Very intense, and lots going on. Not quite my style, but cheers to Greg from Stone for giving me this opportunity to try it, Greg is an absolute legend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Big beer, big bottle. Dark black color. Heavy roasted flavor with a big but not overpowering bitterness. This I.S. is more balanced than most.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Winer Jubilee '04, Deep black with a tan thin tan head.Aromas of chocltae,smoke,roasted,burnt malt.Bittersweet flavor with a full palate and a warming alcohol mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2004
easily the best of the stone beers we got from the bastard himself the other day when he was in town. a huge and powerful aroma of diesel, vegemite, bovril, liquorice and raspberry. taste is full-on tar and salt, viscous and heavy, then cleaned up with the usual stone blast of vegetal cohumulone bitterness. maybe needs more age? the sweetness and the bitterness don't blend together at all. nothing in the way of yeastiness, porty or fruity stuff that you get in other imperials, this is more like a concentrated dry stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2004
The color is black... a nice wonderful black. The head is a dark brown and quickly evaporates, laying a gental chocolate lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is sinfully strong, and assaults ones nose with aromas of smoked coffee,and currants. Such a strong aroma however does not speak falsely of the taste for that also is stonger than expected. The flavor is rich and dark, almost overpowering in it's potency, filling my nose with a dark fruit aroma followed by a mild coffee tinge. Overall the most rewarding Imperial stout I've ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Dark chocolate and caramel flavor. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Bitter hops and thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
I know that this is *supposed* to be thick & syrupy, but man this stuff is thick and syrupy. Complex and bold, this is a great cool-evening-sipping brew and goes great with some quality belgian chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a very dark drown color with a thin brown head. Has flavor of coffee and roasted malt with a heavy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Large brown/white capped head, good retention and lacing. Black, just black, opaque. Fruity nose, roasty and licorice, coffee beans. Full body creamy/chewy texture. More roast, coffee and faint vinous notes with a hint of smoke to boot. Alcohol is noticeable in the end, its ok though, works well with the roastiness. Finish is medium dry, big, dark grainy. A BIG brew!

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