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RATINGS: 2919   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 11, 2002
Huge beer. Fluffy brown head, black syrupy look. Had a taste of black walnuts initially then everything else. Coffee, chocolate. Warmed me up so much I turned on the A/C.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Velveeta99 (13) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Rather thick, like motor oil. Faint aromas, revealing espresso notes - I canít remember having a beer like this. The carbonation tickles the tongue. As it warmed, and I got more and more buzzed, I thought some fruit notes came out. Massive imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Beige, foamy head. Complex aroma. SWEET taste with plenty of alcohol present. Itís a truly odd flavor - this beer. Reminds me a bit of Dogfish WWStout. Alcohol should be better hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (9502) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Re-rate at Brewtopia 2004... This brew, the Cantillons and Southampton Baltic Porter were all best in show. The 2004 version is the the best I have tasted yet. Loads more chocolate and more mellowed hops this time around. Higher score awarded !... This beer rocks! The aroma is of dark, roasted nuts, roasted malt and alcohol. Hints of espresso and dark fruits. This imperial pours as slow and thick as unrefined oil. The small, light brown head is quickly diminishing. A menacing looking beer. It has no hue, even when held up to a halogen bulb. Just BLACK. The flavor is heavy on malt, butter, cream, cocoa and alcohol up front. Lightly sweet and pungent and moderately bitter on the backside. Full-bodied. Lively carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. The long finish is slightly alcoholic, bitter and sweet, while leaving the mouth as dry as a bone moments later. Excellent imperial stout. I love this beer. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Hereís a good one. Very rich and flavorful, high on the alcohol taste - so this isnít a beer that you would pound. Dark espresso and semi-sweet chocolate tones - very good - VERY GOOD!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5256) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Thick, like motor oil. Lotsa flavors: roasty, coffee, a little bit of chocolate, maybe some fruit. The character changes as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 No, this is the blackest darkest head Iíve ever seen on a beer. Head quickly returns to its home inside the deep muky glass. Aroma is initially lightly hoppy, with some but not a ton of sweet malt aroma. The first sip and the third sip and even the 5th sip are not this beerís finest. Even coming out of the beer fridge at 50F is not warm enough for this beer. Patience patience, a amazing beer is lurking, waiting to pounce. Then as if out of nowhere the coffee flavors begin to flow with deep malt complexity. Hops keep things in check. An excellent beer and a great beer to spend an evening with. Iím taking my last sip now after an hour and a half with it, and while the alcohol nose comes on at the end, the deep roastiness and coffee flavors ward it off and win in the end. Thanks a ton to Herbjones for providing me with this divine elixir. Beer #499 for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2002
HUGE! The very dark color is not deceiving at all. Very full bodied with notes of chocolate and coffee on the nose, and big roasted malt on the palate. Awsome beer. It looks like a cappicino in the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2002
This is what iíve been waiting for. Such a strong nose, sugary caramel with some sweet chocolate and lots of alcohol. Dark, dark, mirror effect off the glass, no light gets through this. Lots of roast, early bitterness and then the alcohol kicks in with its brown sugary goodness. Awsome, I could drink this forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2002
this dark mahogany pour has startling mass and viscosity. it appears so dense that surely just one more ounce of malt would cause it to congeal like a hockey puck. a head appeared only briefly, but like a masked gunman, it made an indelible impression on the witness: it bloomed like an automobile airbag, portabello brown, then carved lovely archipelegos of lace on the glass so rigid that iíll need a wire brush to scoure them off. likewise, the aroma is so thick itís nearly visible, a fog of scent-drenched molecules in a hypnotic and lugubrious dance of competing olfactory messages. to picture the aroma: pile your holiday fireplace high with logs of licorice, slathered with vegemite, marinated in molasses -and ignite this sodden slag with vodka and let it burn, baby, burn. let it burn all winter in fact, stoking the conflagration with whiskied raisins, with charcoal peatbog bricks and probably oxblood. whatever gummy gelatinous mass of resin that can be scraped off the inside of the chimney is your beer. thereís enough blackened slag in every bottle to mold a truck tire. the taste is barleywine sweet, a milkshake of molasses, cabernet and brown sugar spun in a blender with a loaf of pumpernickel and a delicate note of open pit coal mine. i fought off a charitable impulse to donate some of it to our local highway department to fill some pitted rural county roads, but i drank it and gained six pounds. it gets credit for sheer corpulence, but it ainít my cup of sludge.

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