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RATINGS: 3078   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."


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
En fût au Brookline Publick House, Brookline, MA. Robe noire mince surmontés d’une mousse beige. Arômes de caramel et de café. Saveurs de café, de caramel et de cerises de marasquin.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pours a thick black with no head. You could shine a light on this and not see it come out the other side. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and berries. It actually started smelling like red licorice towards the end. The flavor is a rich mocha with a sweet finish. A very smooth and warming stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Spring ’2003 release. Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head clings to the rim. Bitter chocolate and coffee aromas. Smooth and full and rich and creamy and delicious. Long, bitter chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (597) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
I’m not a huge fan of stout’s, but this is an exception to that rule. Rich, alcoholic and probably the best stout I’ve had.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
Fine ecru head dies away quickly. Lovely shiny deep dark colour with hints of chestnut. Lovely thick mouthfeel. Fascinating chocolate toffee aroma, borne out almost perfectly by the taste. Promises & delivers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
Thick, oil like liquid that has a wonderful, sweet aroma. The taste is wonderful - chocolate, coffee with a good alcohol backbone. This is the best stout I have ever had. I didn’t ever think that I would have a better stout than the Speedway Stout. This is better.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Thick India ink color- anisette and alcohol present in the nose – thick chewy body- spicy, toffee, coffee, and citrus taste- long sweet aftertaste

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 2006 bottle. Pours jet black with a small, creamy, tan head. Quickly fading, no lacing. The aroma is very sweet - golden grapes, chocolates and figs. Overall, the nose is suprisingly mellow for a monster Imperial Stout. Flavor is also very sweet - lots of dark fruit, chocolate, molases, becoming bitter and roasted at the end when some coffee and dark chocolates come in. Finish is long, sweet and slightly bitter with a heavy dose of warm alcohol. The mouthfeel is big, rich, creamy and coating. This one is a bit too hot for me, lets hope it mellows with some age.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - APR 29, 2006
Spring 2006 - Pours thick motor oil black with very thin dark tan head that vanishes rather quickly. The aroma is great with dark heavy malt. Great texture with subtle flavors of chocolate and coffee that were a bit overpowered by the alcohol. Bittersweet, almost port-like aftertaste that doesn’t linger. Look feel and aroma are outstanding, taste for me was good, but not great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Spring 2006 - Oh this is good. Pours black with a thin tan head. Light roasted malt aroma. Light roasted coffee flavor. No strong esters. Bitterness seems just right. Nothing in this beer is over powering. Thats why its soo good. Very thick, but goes down smooth. I look forward to opening another bottle around Christmas. For the price, the best Imp Stout out there. Excellent beer. I will rerate next year.


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