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RATINGS: 2878   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Theres no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Im 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!" Thats 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2002
This beer is definitelt worth all the hype. Great roasted flavor and aroma. Balanced very nicely. SHould age quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 Overrated. It's ok but not all that. Don't try this beer because of the hype, just try it because you want to try a new beer and rate it accordingly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 2008 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is virtually opaque black (flashlight tested, not completely but close enough). Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, cocoa, husks), trace hops (resin, grapefruit), with light notes of alcohol, acetone, and plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Wow, this is pretty bad. Sorry, but...this should never have been bottled. Virtually no aroma, and whats there is not pleasant. Dirty aftertaste and a harsh, burning finish. This beer isnt even a shadow of its former self (yes, it used to be very nice, no argument there)...the 2007 was very disappointing, but this one has diminished to the point of being undrinkable. Hope they can turn their brewery back around...beers like this and Double Bastard used to be great brews, but both are now only the same in name, not in content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2002
Gorgeous opaque color and beige head....you gotta love that in a beer. It had a nose of dark fruits and oats, some alcohol too. Reminiscent of old rasputin. It had a flat finish that kept me from rating it higher, a little more crispness and/or hops would have helped...great beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2002
Pours a nice black color or should I say colorless?, but I would like to see a bigger head on a such a highly touted beer. Extremely alcholic aroma with godd malty sweetness, the usual coffee, roasty smells also come through. Sweet start with a roasty dry middle that finishes warm. Silky mouthfeel with many flavors that I could not place with out more samples ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 5/30/02: Damn good! Deep dark roasted coffee, chocolate after taste. Strong, but smooth, not overpowering. Alcohol warming in the tummy! 3/20/05: Pure black in color with a medium mocha colored head. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor has coffee, chocolate, a little smoke and a harsh lingering liquorice taste. Rich smooth palate with the 10.8% ABV being slightly noticable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 24, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Wow! Beautiful aroma, great flavor, everything is exceptional with this beer. Another world class beer from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - MAY 23, 2002
good strong imperial stout, i liked this beer it gets you drunk...the best imperial ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2002
Awesome aroma with many nice scents. Dark as night. Very nice in the mouth. Best of all, excellent flavor. Sweet with some roasted malt. Intoxicating!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
666seth (222) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2002
This is by now the finest Imperial Stout I ever had! Great chocolate taste nice malty aroma! One darn good beer!

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