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RATINGS: 2854   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gargoyle32 (8) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002 does not count
This beer is one of my all-time favorites from the crew at Stone. Perfect blend of roasty coffee and choclate flavor. Dark black in color and a thick syrupy body. Alcohol taste blends in perfectly with the great taste and is not overpowering, as it can be in other Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 Rerate again 2004-- This is my second bottle of the 2004 version and my initial taste disappointed me greatly... This time around It was slightly better.... maybe itís a little young and I will have to wait , but it still isnít one of th best. The flavors were more cohesive than my last 2004. I will rerate again in hopes of having the longest rating of all time. Rerate- 2004---What a huge dissapointment. I picked up a case of this brew because it is one of my alltime favorites. The alcohol is different and the beeer is a lot different as well.. Sure itís 1% stronger and I wonder if they use the same recipe ore not because this one doesnít even compare to the brew from before. This brew poured the same , looked the same, but the flavor was off.. sure the alcohol was less noticable, but the flavors where completely off. I sorta feel that the 2004 edition should have itís ratings because what came before was heaven. This is not even in the top 100 or top 20 imperial stouts. I am done ranting and raving...sorry. 2002bottle-This is my 100th beer and the best one iíve tried yet. Big on flavor and alcohol, and not overly hopped as many micro brews are. I am still searching San Diego for the last few remaining bottles since this is a seasonal brew.original rating 9/5/9/4/19= 4.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Very dark color but not totally black (like soy sauce or Rogue Shakespeare). Nice ceamy tan head. Toasty coffee/chocolate, licorice aroma. Incredibly toasty but not burnt malty taste, quite sweet, but well balanced with hops. Tastes like pulverized malt balls and the palate is almost chocolate milk-like. Great for dipping Oreos in.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 (2/4/06, bottle, Spring 2003 vintage) Small brown head atop a motor-oil body -- no problem passing a 120-watt test. Aroma is rich, moderately sweet, cocoa, roasty, coffee, some grapefruit, earthy, light prune/raisin, cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some roasty, light grapefruit, cinnamon -- seems slightly past prime, though still quite enjoyable. Light alcohol burn in the finish. Silky smooth medium-full body. (9/5/7/5/15)

(8/26/03) Motor oil pour reveals a black black body topped by a small brown head. Aroma is rich, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light anise. Taste is BIG malty, chococoffee, bitter, light roasty. Finish has nice alcohol warming/burn. Very full, viscous/creamy palate. (9/5/8/5/17)

(7/13/02) Licorice is the strongest of the aromas, though thereís also some coffee and fruitiness. The taste is sweet and strong maltiness; rich and complex. Viscous/oily in texture, with a slight alcohol burn as it goes down the gullet. Quite an impressive work of brewing art. (9/5/8/4/17)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Lovely. Deep, deep, dark black color. Very little aroma (this is when cold). The first impression on tasting is the syrupy viscosity, which is a little startling, but easy to get used to. The flavor is rich, deep, full. Itís slightly sweet, mildly alcohol-y, and seriously flavorful. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Good, but the alcohol is way too apparent in the taste. Not my favorite, but still a good brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinconaway99 (9) - USA - JUL 12, 2002 does not count
Hooooooooooweeeeee! Damn. This is a very pleasing beer. Black as night and tastes very thick and rich. Gets better as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19218) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2002
Black as coal. Complex aroma with loads of licorice, some coffee, and a surprising hint of red berries. Thick adn salty mouthfeel, loads of chewy malts. Huge, but tdoesnít get overpowering or cloying. Finishes malt sweet with good bitterness. Really balanced for such a huge beer. Thanks Gusler!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2002
A wonderful concoction. A taste that lingers longer than Marlon Brandoís career. Alcohol will show you it means business, but could be hidden better. Not my favorite, but I might try it again sometime. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something. Nevertheless, very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 5, 2002
they donít get any stouter than this. very strong, nose and flavors of chocolate, licorice and alchohol. bitter - but more in the roasted bitter-sweet sense than supper hoppy. exceptionally rich and deep. fairly thick - but the alchohol thins it just a little. being from Stone I expected this to be a ípallate destroyerí - but all considering itís quite drinkable - assuming you take it slow. Iím 2/3rds way through a 22oz bottle and itís really íkicking iní - will send Guinness fans crying for mommy. wowsers.

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