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RATINGS: 2790   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Got this on Friday - thank you so much Loren, and had to wait until sunday, because my better half was away. Nearly drunk it by my own, but ok, Iím fair. (Why?) Wonderful Aroma: Chocolate, honey, blackberries, banana and coffee. Also after warming up liquorice. Nice black body, thick and syrupy with a little layer on it. Flavor knocked me over - oh why did I share this...it must be truly love. Wonderful Chocoate-flavor, just like my favorite Scharfenberger-Chocolate-Sauce. Also roasted coffee. It kicks your roof of the mouth and numbs your tongue as a sign of alcohol. It let you lick your lips the whole time, because they are numbed too,you wanna get every single drop of this beer. Pivo "Thatís a Yogi_Beera-Beer!" Yeeeeh, right on pivo, true. And I havenít given a 5.0 until now. If this beer doesnít deserve a 5.0 no beer deserves it! Ahhh the RERATE makes it a 4.8 - but oh well! Thanks Saarlander for sending me one of my all time favorite beers! Pitch black, nice tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate nose. Smooth coffee taste, extra long lasting. Some tabacco too and crushed coffee beans. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 27, 2002
very roasted aroma, beautiful black color,Head forms slowly and quickly dissolves, thick creamy strong chocolate taste, donít notice alcohol hidden in chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2002
dry aroma, berry sweet with roasted coffee dominating the last 2/3, a session imperial

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Nice flavor on this one. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste starts sweet and lingers with a slightly bitter finish. The roasted malt aserts itself somewhere in the middle. This very dark (almost black) is very high on my list of favorite stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARMed (590) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2002
A very high caliber stout! Screams with tons of flavor. Truely a stout that speaks out loud. Sinister, strong, powerful, with a calmitous aura permeating from the brew. The label is an excellent portayal of the feeling I get when I am drinking the black liquifaction of malt and hops. The initial yeasty aroma (the only negative I can say about the beer) quickly dissipates to a caramel chocolate spicey aroma. The initial taste is a bit sour and tangy but not overbearing. Semi-sweet, spicy, with nutty alcoholic flavors (port, brandy, rum all seem to come to mind) kick in. The alcohol content (9.5%) becomes more noticeable as you continue. The brewís strong finish and the excellent lacing are a major plus. Thanks jcalabre for the opportunity to make this my 100th beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
I think previous raters have gone into more than enough detail for the descriptive terms to describe this beer. So in my humble opinion, Iíll just say that I thought it was beatifully balanced for a higher alchohol content beer. Tasted great all the way around. Made me want to get up and DANCE!!!!1111.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Just watching this beer pour into your glass leads one to believe that this is gonna be gooood! Color of the darkest of winter nights with a cappucino colored head. About as viscous as a beer can be. Rich, bready aroma with undertones of chocolate and coffee that are so soft that it almost betrays this monsterís appearance. The flavors are as rich as this beer is dark. Cocoa and espresso dance across the palate with a finish that is ever so silky smooth. Didnít seem all that hoppy and the elements of dried fruit seemed missing but still a work of art in a 22 ounce bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2002
(Late spring 2002 release) Black as coal, my wife insists on saying itís not totally black (as a matter of fact, sheís right.) so letís say, hum... ebony with a nice "crema" head. This beer has a big nose with its roasted malts, espresso, chocolate notes and a bit of licorice. And of course, at 9.4% ABV, alcohol. Oily mouth feel, burnt coffe, dark chocolate, blackcurrant, mollasses. Nice hop bite in the finish. A huge beer. Iím glad I made this one my 100th rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
A nice stong beer, slow sipping, and I remember thinking "chocolate"....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Black with a medium-brown head. Dark fruits (raisin, prune), and a little leafy hop. Dark chocolate palate with some woody notes. Chewy, deep fruitiness (raisin, dates). Full body. Unspectacular but serviceable. Scores well of course because it's hard for an impy not to.

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