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RATINGS: 2911   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2002
This is what iíve been waiting for. Such a strong nose, sugary caramel with some sweet chocolate and lots of alcohol. Dark, dark, mirror effect off the glass, no light gets through this. Lots of roast, early bitterness and then the alcohol kicks in with its brown sugary goodness. Awsome, I could drink this forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2002
this dark mahogany pour has startling mass and viscosity. it appears so dense that surely just one more ounce of malt would cause it to congeal like a hockey puck. a head appeared only briefly, but like a masked gunman, it made an indelible impression on the witness: it bloomed like an automobile airbag, portabello brown, then carved lovely archipelegos of lace on the glass so rigid that iíll need a wire brush to scoure them off. likewise, the aroma is so thick itís nearly visible, a fog of scent-drenched molecules in a hypnotic and lugubrious dance of competing olfactory messages. to picture the aroma: pile your holiday fireplace high with logs of licorice, slathered with vegemite, marinated in molasses -and ignite this sodden slag with vodka and let it burn, baby, burn. let it burn all winter in fact, stoking the conflagration with whiskied raisins, with charcoal peatbog bricks and probably oxblood. whatever gummy gelatinous mass of resin that can be scraped off the inside of the chimney is your beer. thereís enough blackened slag in every bottle to mold a truck tire. the taste is barleywine sweet, a milkshake of molasses, cabernet and brown sugar spun in a blender with a loaf of pumpernickel and a delicate note of open pit coal mine. i fought off a charitable impulse to donate some of it to our local highway department to fill some pitted rural county roads, but i drank it and gained six pounds. it gets credit for sheer corpulence, but it ainít my cup of sludge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
ílate spring release 2002í Thick, thick and black. dark coffee color around the edges where the light tries to shine thru. Flavor was strong, slightly sweet malts - tasted of, not cherries, but maybe some kind blackberry; raisons, burnt caramel. palate is fat and vinous. warm/sharp hop/alc finish keeps it dry and not cloying. Left me feeling disoriented and fuzzy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2002
This is the first (but certainly will not be the last) high-ABV beer I tried since the limit was raised here in Ohio. Quite possibly the prettiest beer I have ever poured. 2/3 oily black evilness under 1/3 beautiful dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and anise. Amazingly rich and complex flavor consisting of coffee, cloves, chocolate, and lots of other stuff I couldnít wrap my brain around. This is not a beer, this is an experience. It is completely engrossing from beginning to end, and left me with a nice buzz to boot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
A good Russian. Very bitter, hoppy and sweet as well. But molasses flavor was high. Roasty and chocolate notes as well. Slight sherry flavor. A real headringer after several Robt the Bruces and a HOTD Adam. I need to retry this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 Very Black color, small brown head with heavy lacing. Malt/Chocolate aroma. Very malty and full bodied. Flavor of roasted and chocolate malts. Finishes with bitter chocolate. High alcohol content is not really noticeable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2002
This is what an imperial stout should be! Big, thick, with bold flavors, pours dark black. Good head retention, tons of differnt flavors, roasty, fruity, bitter,rich aromas and plenty of kick, just damn excellent!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 17, 2002
Grabbed a bottle of this after much anticipation at Gentileís in Grandview. The rich aroma is caramel, dried fruit, spruce, coffee, chocolate, earth, and so much more. Pours a jet black with a nice fully lasting light brown head. The flavor is totally encompassing. PERIOD!! nothing else needs to be said. Rich full body is nothing short of full viscosity. Very astringent and dry finish. It just doesnít get any better than this. Iíd take this over a slice of New York cheesecake. I love you Greg Koch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
GABF 2002: Berryish, hoppy, chocolatey, good. I definitely need to try this one again under better tasting circumstances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Pitch black like used motor oil with a medium sized tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a bit subdued, with malts and roastiness standing in front of burnt raisins and other dark fruits. Flavors of malt, roasted malt and background dark fruits. Hops are negligable and virtually imperceptable. This beer tends very much toward sweetness and yet - somehow - finishes clean. A great beer, but not the top of the heap IMHO in the Imperial Stout category.

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