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RATINGS: 3119   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
close to being the best beer I’ve ever had, and I live in the Pacific Northwest. These Stone brewers really no there beer. This brew pours a very very dark color, almost pure black, with a creamy brown head and little lacing. Has a destinked smoky flavor which makes every part of this brew better. I love it, thick molasses apeal, rich and just plain shrummdidilyumshuss!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Discofish (152) - USA - JUN 6, 2004
Full bodied chocolaty and roast. I prefer other imperial stouts over this one, but it is up there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanDiegoWino (4) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2004 does not count
This is the new 2004 release (one of the perks of being a beer columnist!), and is outstanding. Deep black in color with a coffee-and-cream head, the nose is coffee and deep roasted maltiness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, like cream, and the flavor has malt sweetness on the front with a very long, dry finish that suggests anise. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Lots of thanks too eyedrinkale. Deep brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Very malty. Chocolatety notes. Licorice. Good beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 2004 Bottle. Worthy of an upgrade. Flavor and aroma to a 9, overall to a 16. Aroma is well balanced between the roasty malts and the alcohol. Flavor is round. No sharpness and hops are less prevalent. Flavors are very rich as well.

2003 Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of hops and chocolate. Big malty flavor with some hops and plenty of malt bitterness. One tasty Russian. Thanks Mike! 8-5-8-5-15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
not totally to my tastes but this does have its appeal. aero bar aroma. tasted of rolled oats, golden syrup, cocoa powder and, of course, a mass of hops. pretty black. not bad but i wasn’t too disappointed to finish the glass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2003 on tap (5/3/04): Pours much less creamy, with less lasting head than a traditional stout. I’m not complaining. Aroma: smoked malt, fruit, hickory, burnt match, smoked jerky, roasted nut. Flavor: simply awesome, olive, malty, maply syrup, smoked malt. Finish: sweet maple syrup, caramel, indescribable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 5/2/04: proud day. 22 oz bottle: 2003 release- smells like butter. chocolate smoke belushi. Relatively large head for a stout..But now it’s disapated quite a bit.. Tastes of a very slighty (smoked/burned) barley.. Pungent. stone is friggin bizzare and outlandish. they make beers that dont follow normal rules about beer. how is this possible? Full mouth experience no doubt. great, dandy swell, aye caramba. When a beer makes you lie down and think about what you are drinking right now, you know you're there.. Just the right bitterness, followed by smoothe roasty chocolate aftertaste. Simple yet, dank as blap! a true oxymoron.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (11164) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
smooth thick chocolate more than coffee. Like a porter. Roasty aroma - not the main show. Beautiful black. 2003 edition. Too much to finish on own A bit acidic tempered by some food. Bit of carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2004
I can see why this was rated high! Pours black as night with toasty brown head. Powerful. Roasted coffee, licorice, spices and bitter chocolate at the finish. Chewy and good. Warming and fantastic.

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