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RATINGS: 3060   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Big, black, and menacing. I haven't decided if Imperial Stout fits my palette yet, but this beer is worth developing a taste for. Chicory, coffee, smokey, roasted, hoppy aroma. So...the sip. intense. Some imperial stouts start malty and end hoppy. Some start hoppy and end malty. This one was a rich symphony of flavors, finishing to a slightly dry bitterness. My goodness! My Guinness? Makes Guinness taste like a standard pilsner. Oops, where'd the head go? Maybe like light in a black hole, the head was sucked in on itself. The beer now is oily, and when I roll it around in the glass, like 'Kilroy Was Here', it leaves its oily signature all over. Last sip. I am starting to feel the ABV now--warm, bitter, brown sugar, black current-like buzz. Well, I have finished the bottle now. I am left with a warm, bitter longing (like my first wife only with more flavor). Inviting and complex beer. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Yep, sure did pour like Siberian Crude (or at least Vicks 44). What head there was during the pour exited stage right leaving an oily ring around the top of this brew, a sign of a heavy-bodied brew. The aroma is surprisingly restrained. Hints of roasted malt, anise, brown sugar, Vienna roast coffee, date and a light hop twang. Vinous. The mouthfeel is pure delight. It's oily heavy, chewy and syrupy, yet not very sticky. The alcohol cleans the palate nicely. Big malt sweetness is fully countered by spicy hops, a work of art to balance this monster. Taste also hinted of twangy smoke and Turkish coffee dryness. Worthy of it's place among the pantheon of world class Imperial Stouts. Thanks for the trade Acrodizer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Slight metallic tinge but muted by big chocolate and coffee bitterness and burnt malts. Brown sugar and vanilla. Light hops tang, musky and strong. Huge foamy cocoa brown lacing, lasting head. Dark black clear. Thick oily body, heavy. Light smooth carb after pour. Huge taste. Sweet and bitter up front. Like burnt coffee with chocolate milk. Smoky. Alcohol. Vanilla. Finish is big sweet bitter burnt with nutty chocolate bitter burnt after. Awesome imperial stout - just shy of the complexity and bigness of DFHWWS (18%). Damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2003
The Platonic form of Imperial Stout. I was surprised to find that the hops were restrained, expecting a hop blast from Stone. You can imagine the flavors--they are what you would expect, and in gigantic amounts. This is a classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
The bottle is great and I love the slogan on the back. Deep dark color. Excellent malty aroma. This beer is intense. Robust malty flavor, excellent aroma and finish. If I could only have two cases of beer it might be Stone Imperial Stout and Three Floyds Dreadnaught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
A good beer. Dark, roasty, good mouthfeel. Not a world class stout though. Doesn't hold up against Victory Storm King, as far as overall taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
As good as it gets with Imperial Stout. The warmth of the alcohol is perfectly offset by the roastiness of the stout. Boy, could I use one now!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2003
This beer pours very dark with a thick brown head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma has an odd sweetness to it. Coffee and roasted malts dominate the aroma. This is one thick beer! The flavor is dominated by the roastedness and the coffee, but there were other things in there to mix it up a bit. It was a little harsh at first, but after allowing it to warm up some, it became very smooth. One of the most enjoyable Imperial Stouts I've tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
uvajed (178) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Wow! First of all, don't try to drink this one at near-freezing temperatures. The first time I tried it was at around 38F, but over 50F is much better. Pours with little head that disappears quickly and completely. Perhaps the darkest beer I've ever seen. A wonderful anise and coffee aroma. Tastes like what I can only imagine roasted alcohol might. This is my first encounter with a Stone Brewing Co. product, and I see what all the hype is about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 Pours into the glass with a black body topped by a thick chocolate colored head that leaves lots of lace behind. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter roasty malt aroma with a touch of alcohol and chocolate notes. Some hop character is detected in the nose. Sweet chocolatey malt flavor with licorice notes and a roasty character. Very weak bitter and alcohol notes linger. Rich, creamy full bidy that is smooth and soft on the tongue.

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