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RATINGS: 2978   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Wow. That first drink gets ya. You can feel the alcohol evaporating off your tongue. Dark head. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Tasty. Tasty. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Dark and thick. No head. Aroma is of roasted chocolate coffee. Flavor is like dark bitter chocolate. Alcohol is noticed but not to strong.Thick malt feel in the mouth that lasts forever and gets better as it warms. Solid clean slightly bitter finish. A great stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Thick and heavy stout. This was dark and had a heavy alcohol flavor. Very sweet and had lots of chocolate. Very enjoyable but not the kind of beer you can finish by yourself if you plan on having anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
sweet mother of christ this is a heavy stout. Pretty much what i expect from stout. Thick, black heavy, roasted malt with heavy alchol flavor. Not a stout for the week hearted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 28, 2003
black as night, ominous thundercloud like head, aroma of coffee , nuts, fruit and deep malt. taste is sweet malty with a heavy coffee laced bitterness. very rinkable for beer of its magnitude.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 2003This is probably the darkest looking stout Iíve had. First scent to hit my nose as I uncapped this 22oz bottle was cocoa and espresso. Reminded me of an espresso gelato I once had. Very enticing aromas, from a deep black brew with a thin head resting atop. Chocolate, espresso, intensely roasted malts and hints of alcohol and yeast. Velvety smooth stout, extremely smooth and approachable with a slight dryness at the end. Superbly balanced and pure decadence. This is the best product Iíve had from Stone brewery. I drank this bottle at approx. 65 degrees.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
The 2002 was my latest. Viscous, ebon liquid with a great, complex nose and taste. Burnt toast, coffee, cocoa, malt, shale, mineral, leather, and very subtle hop flavors. Incredibly smooth despite the malt/alcohol content. One could get lost just in the aromas, but the taste is so rich and full that it feels like a mouthful of stout nearly 30 seconds after you've swallowed. This is definitely one of my top 25 beers of all time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
man is this stuff good. Great stout smell, with coffee, malt, and choclate aromas. And the falvor is the same. Deep black color and a clean finish. A wonderful dessert beer. And now tied for my favorite imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUN 22, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 2003 release. Pours very very black, with a decent amount of dark tan head that rapidly dissapates. Tiny bit of chocolate, some coffee and lots of roasted malt in the flavor, with just a touch of hops coming through. Pretty big alcohol burn. A nice special occasion beer, in my opinion, but not something I would drink every week, like an Old Rasputin. Small Re-rate 08/24...I think I didn't let it warm enough last time, this beer gets much more interesting the closer it gets to room temp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Bottle: Roasted chocolate nose. Black. Medium brown head. Very nice mouthfeel. Big and round. Taste of chocolate, roastiness and alcohol. Huge, assertive, an excellent beer.

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