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RATINGS: 3082   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
With no head at all, not even lacing, how can this get more than a four on appearance? Everything else is great. Wonderful, full mouth feel. Complex, sweet coffee, dark malt, chocolate taste. Bitter finish. I loved it. Not quite a Victory Storm King, but a great stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
FWE beer#3. One of the best beers of the nite, thanks for this one Matt. Dark black, if that is even possible. No head, but some carbination if you look at the very edge of the glass. Aroma of coffee and malts. The flavor blew me away. Coffee and malts to be sure, but then some fruity hints just before the slightly bitter finish. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Spring 2002 vintage. Pours black with tan head that disappears. Dark fruit, plums I think, and slightly burnt chocolate dominate the aroma. Even though many imperial stouts have those things going on, this has a very unique smell. The flavor pulls things from everywhere starting with very subtle hops to roasted coffee, chocolate, and a complex dark and evil fruitiness that really just tops it off. Alcohol is masked almost entirely. This is Stoneís best beer (at least that Iíve had). Quite unique and delicious. (9/5/9/5/18 = 4.6 - June 2004)

2005 bottle, 9/21/06. Aged well. Chocolatey, smooth and silky, this is my kind of Imperial Stout. 8/4/8/5/17=4.2

2006 bottle. Aroma is lacking. Lots of licorice flavor. Not really how I like my imperials. Itís still fairly good, but this vintage is a shadow of what the 2002 was. Lets give it some time and see what happens.7-4-7-3-15=3.6

Score is an average.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flieger (2) - USA - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
This is a superb imperial stout! Get a bottle out of the 'fridge...let it sit for about 10 minutes...and then ENJOY! I've found that if you let it "breath" it's just a superb drink! I can't rate it high enough!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2003
This is a great Imperial Stout. Pours and looks like motor iol. Flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and roasty. Finishes smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
I was very disappointed with this beer. It pours a petroleum-esque black with very small but dense head that completely disappears after a minute or two. The aroma is killer: molasses and chocolate, some coffee and a hint of fruit. The flavor totally lacked balance though, and the finish was damn near unpleasantly sweet. I'll give it another try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Pours an opague jet black, with a small but dense dark brown head that mostly diminishes, leaving chunks of lace. Aroma is huge, roasted grain, coffee, burnt caramel, and somewhat vinous. Flavor is grainy, a good bit of fruitiness/dark fruit flavors come through, especially as it gets closer to room temp. Thick, syrup like body, extremely flavorful, truly amazing brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Completely opaque with an ephemeral brown head. Aroma of roasted grains, malt, and hint of the sweet, sour and alcohol that lays in wait - cane sugar. Sweet, caramel, spicy, thick elixir. Roasted nuts. Leaves in its wake roasty, sour, mocha-like flavors and ends with solid, smooth hop caress. Velvety texture. This brew leaves the most amazing aftertaste - I canít put my finger on what it reminds me of right now. Awesome stuff and well worth waiting so long to try!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mribm (459) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
22 oz. bottle. Poured thick and black with a medium tan head. The nose was of chocolate, caramel and alcohol and so was the taste. This has become one of my favorites and I plan on buying all I can. This was the easiest beer to rate, because there was so much going on with it. This is the PERFECT winter warmer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This beer is black, and pours with a minimal, but dense brown head. No color can be seen through this beer, it is so ominously dark. This may be to foreshadow the evil effects it will have upon your opinions of other beers. The aroma smacks you hard with chocolate, malt, hops, and some plum fruit. All distinct, but yet one aroma. It's as if this beer transforms it's smell continously. Upon sipping this silky smooth liquid satin, intense plum, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors bind your tastebuds. Assertive but well balanced hops secure the knots as this deliciously evil brew takes you hostage. You are assaulted by such intense flavors that it is impossible to distinguish the beginning of one from the end of another. The most perfect beer I've experienced.

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