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RATINGS: 3088   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Big sweet malt aroma with fat sweet round soy sauce aroma. Dark black with thin dark brown head. Thick dark sweet fruit with a touch of alcohol and a lasting roastiness. Excellent mouthfeel. Thick body. This one has the "it" factor. Fantastic. Bottle. Blind tasting #3.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Yup...this stuff looks dangerous. Very dark, very thick body and head. Fruity coffee nose. Tons of flavors hitting at once...like chocolate covered cherries chased with a triple mocha expresso. Perfect since this was drank for breakfast. Nice alcohol warming in finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 In my opinion this is as good as a beer gets. pours a nice jet black with amazing flavor. This beer is perfection. If there is such thing as a nectar of the gods, then this would be it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Has a very dark brown color with almost no carbonation or lacing. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is almost like a syrup with roasted malt/coffee flavors and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall a pretty good strong stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2004
22oz Bomber: The beer has a "thick" consistency when it is poured. It is almost a little syrupy. Dark oily brown color. Small cocoa colored head. The aroma is multi-faceted. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, some fruits too? Taste starts out a bit sweet. Malts and chocolate are the first hits. The flavor gives way to some chocolate, coffee and a bit of bitterness. Very rich, full and complex. Wow, this is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Great Imperial Stout. Heavily used motor oil with a quickly dissipating foamy tan head. Aroma of dark sweet fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Sweet and toasty initial flavors follwed by some lighty bitter and warming flavors and sensations. Very complex mix of sweet and bitter blended with alcoholic notes. Great heavy mouthfeel that sticks around for quite sometime. Breakfast of champions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1071) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
Jet black and thick. Gorgeous pour, nice dark tan foamed head. Medium roasted coffee/chocolate aroma. Sweet milk chocolate and bitter at the same time. Good balance and complexity. Very nice mouth feel. licorice, raisins, caramel. I love Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
This brew has everything an Imperial Stout should have. The coffee and chocolate nose is unmistakeable. The alcohol is also known once you finish, it definitly warms you up. This is a fine imperial stout hands down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2004
Not surprisingly a big beer, laden with vegemite, tar and alcohol, a little bit of chocolate makes it's presence known but soon forgotten. The hop flavours that manage to make their way through the intense tar pit are reminiscent of ivy and sachet, powdered pepper. An intense beer that Uncle Fester would have been proud of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
Coffee and motor oil in the nose, also some liquorice. Dark brown, medium sized coffee head. Strong coffee and liquorice flavours. Very bitter, dry finish. Quite bold, as per this Brewery!

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