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RATINGS: 3093   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2006
The 2005 Stone Imperial Stout is the one that started it all for me. Pours Jet Black with a deep tan head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate and alcohol, as is the taste. Palate is decadent and very smooth with good carbonation. The ’06 batch seems to be a bit hotter than the ’05. This beer typically benefits from being aged at least a year. I recently had a 2004 bottle, and it was the best I’ve had. I’ve got two cases of ’06 at home, and plan on aging most of them another year.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hobbledehoy (10) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bomber. Pours a solid black with a small tan head. Aroma is woody with a strong mixture of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and a pleasant spiciness. Flavor is spicy and chocolaty with hints of dark fruits and cream. Finish is smooth and spicy with a slight bitterness and wonderful alcoholic warmth. Consistency is thick! thick! thick! with lots of body that coats the mouth like a thick vanilla cream. This brew is amazingly well balanced. It is a little intense to drink a full pint of this stuff in one sitting, but believe me you won’t be able to stop. Best stout I have tasted thus far.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol, light coffee, molasses, and roasted grain. Aroma was fairly intense and inviting. Appearance: Dark black and oily looking with a viscous pour into the snifter. Head was small, medium tan in color, and short lived. Almost no lacing. Flavor: Some sweetness up front with notes of dark fruit, anise, vanilla, and slight chocolate. Coffee flavor comes on strong in the finish. Lots of alcohol flavor towards the finish, as well. Sweetness is a little cloying and syrupy after a few sips. Palate: Full bodied, but was lacking a little of the ’chewiness’ I would expect from a big Imperial Stout. Moderate carbonation. Lots of alcohol over entire rear of mouth. Almost gets a little ’hot’ after a few large sips. Overall: A good Impy, but not a great one. Tone down the sweetness and alcohol a touch and ramp up the flavors and this would be alot better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jordanartuso (26) - lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2006
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4.3
   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!

4
   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

4.3
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7121) - 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.


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