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RATINGS: 2934   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2604) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
Hugeness all already – really powerful. It starts with an incredible chocolate nose laced with scents of raspberries doused in alcohol – very truffle like. Dark black color and a thin-ish but decent head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso dominate the strong taste. Ends dry and bitter – I almost needed a tooth pick to get the stuff off my teeth. Thinner than I thought in might be but still a very full body. Alcohol a-go-go: could this be used as a topical anesthetic? Complex, long taste profile. This beer has everything and then more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - 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) - Sisters, 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 (613) - 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.

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