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RATINGS: 2924   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcalbi (378) - Medford, 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 (12789) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Dark, dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Mild aroma of chocolate and ripe fruit. Complex flavor of chocolate, fruit, acid, roasted malt, and the signature Stone hops (this, in particular, I found very unique in this stout). The absolute fullest mouth-feel. This is a slow sipping beer - it took me an hour to finish the bottle. This is a very rich, complex beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2002
Somewhere the kind folks at Stone found some kegs of this seasonal from 2001 and lucky me got my Growler filled. Pouring with visable viscosity, this stout starts off with a thick loose burnt sieanna head and bitter sweet coaco/ current in the nose. First sips reveal a lush chocolaty feel as fresh grain filters in. As it warms current and blackberry starts to enter the picture providing a nice foil to the roasted malt charactor. Cant wait till the 2002 is of age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2002
2001 vintage: Excels and then some. Wonderful brandyish flavor, easy and fun to drink...there are few better beers on the planet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
The appearance is perfect: opaque black color, big brown head. The first problem is the aroma. Alcohol is most prevalent followed by a somewhat candyish, slightly organic (grassy) nose. The body is awfully tame for a beer that managed to achieve top ten status. Some roast, creamy and somewhat rich. Lacks the complexity (fruit etc.) of an imperial stout like Old Rasputin or even Wellington. I know that Iím not going to be the most favorite rater in this forum, or any Canadian for that matter), Iím not saying this beer is bad, but there are better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 19, 2002
Pitch black look. I was not satisfied with the aroma for such highly regarded beer. Creamy imperial stout. Where is the intensivity, complexity? At best good and for sure does not deserve all that hype. Overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2002
Another great beer iím gald to have tried from these guys. Seemed a little flat (Maybe from the trip here to Buffalo)either way it didnít take away from taste of the complex flavors. Had the roasted taste i expect from a good stout. But also it had a dark fruit almost plum like flavor. very appealing to me. I have to try this one again.

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