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RATINGS: 3089   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"There’s no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because I’m one of ’em 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!" That’s 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
bottle. dark chocolate black pour with beautiful tan head. roasted aroma, oak barrel, cofee, figs, alcohol, maybe osme chocolate and raspberry??? aroma. Rich flavor. coffee, mollases, sugar and sweet chocolate. Great alcohol warming. The flavors bounce in your mouth in the aftertaste. great carbonation. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 8/8/06: I’ve heard that the 2006 batch was not as good as the 2005, so we did a vertical tasting of the two. Both poured black with a quickly fading thin brown head and medium body. This beer’s weakness is definitely its body, mouthfeel and head retention.
2006: At first very little aromas, as it warmed some coffee, chocolate, and roasted aromas came out. Flavors increased as well as the bottle warmed, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and alcohol were very carbonated on the tongue. Overall a better than average RIS. 8/4/9/4/17 is equal to 4.2

2005: Where as there was very light aroma for the 2006 there is an immediate intense bouquet of coffee, chocolate, anise, and roastiness. The flavors far surpass the 2006 as strong coffee, chocolate, and alcohol flavors coat your mouth. It almost seemed as if 2006 was a poor immitation of the 2005. It had most of the same flavors but it was so much more intense in after one year of aging and probably a better batch to start with. I’ll be aging my 06s and hope they can reach the quality of 05. 9/4/9/4/18 is equal to 4.4.

2006 22oz bottle consumed on 6/25/08. We put this next to the barrel aged version of the same vintage. Pours black with a white head. The nose is really roasted and chocolatey with aged malts and grain. Chocolate, brunt malts, aged, and sweet without being overly so. Still tasty. 8/4/8/3/15 is equal to 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bomber. Aroma is awesome--chocolate, coffee, some alcohol notes along with dark roasts. Nearly opaque in color, but good clarity on the edges. Thing tan head, but reasonably lasting for the ABV. Flavor is a good blend of complex flavors--chocolate, coffee, alcohol. A lite sweetness in the finish. Overall--wow what a great RIS. Some awesome complex flavors. Definitely a favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 A whole lotta stout! The very first Stone RIS I had was on an empty stomach after work while I was fixing dinner. It put a whallop on me in under a half hour. I drank the ’05 bottle. Poured dark and heavy. Wonderful smell. The chocolate and alcohol were very noticeable. Everything went well together. Make no mistake, the alcohol taste is very noticeable and constant while drinking this. Would highly recommend aging these for some while, at least 6 months before drinking. An incredible beer that I keep plenty of in the cellar. Never can have too many of these on hand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSstout (5) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
Heavy enough to be a meal. Pours dark thick charcol color. Thick creamy head melts away quickly. Aroma of roasted nut, coffee, and maybe sweet plum. Flavor of roasted coffee and nuts. Heavy on the palate and ends with a slight bitterness. Found in Yuma, Arizona beer store in July.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7063) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Lee’s Discount Liquors, Las Vegas, Nv. - 22 oz bottle. Black as night tar colored pour, thick, creamy mocha head. Fruity aroma laden with prunes and dates. Flavor has some chocolate, black licorice, prunes, dates and some back end booziness. Mouthfeel and thick and has good vicosity. Improves as it warms. Solid imp - not over the top - just right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2006
What a letdown. Black with a small beige head. Some coffee, red grape and charcoal. Dry, somewhat bitter flavor, charcoaly. How is this a top-50? Blah. Many better IS variants out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Black ink color, brown head. Good aroma: malt, bread, roasted malt, liquorice, light phenols. The body is not too thick, a bit oily, unfortunately metallic too; the taste is dominated by the roasted malt with a roasted nuts character, some malt sweetness, liquorice, strong bitterness. The final is bitter, again mostly due to the roasted malt (and the other flavors along); hidden by this, there is some aromatic hop. Good, very powerful, but it can’t get me excited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Big Bottle. I should have waited until I was 60 yrs old. to have Speedway Stout. That way I could have tasted other good stouts and not thought to my self, "thats alright, but its not Speedway Stout." This beer was delicious. I really, really enjoyed it. Nice noticeabley thick pour. Delicious flavor and wonderful feel in the mouth - velvety. I’ll come back to this beer for further review.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Pours dark brownish-black with a purple tint. Small dark caramel head that quickly diminishes. Smells strongly of grape, currants. Taste of roasted chocolate. Heavy body. Deep warming sensation. Pretty filling. Overall, excellent.

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