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RATINGS: 3129   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (737) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 2007.....Out of bottle, dark, just about black in color, with a caramel colored foam(which doesn’t stay around). Baking chocolate aroma, and a muddled fruity coffee-like taste. The weight is thin but creamy...... the high percentage is disguised by the pungent flavor. Finish is somewhat flat and a little sharp....On tap, very similar except i had more molasses on the nose and palate....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3552) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Thank you richlikebeer! Pours a dark black with no head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee. Tastes of a complex combination of chocolate,coffee, some fruit and a hint of alcohol. Fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Black witn burgundy hue. No head. Tastes of chocolate with coffe. Smooth, thick and high powered. Alcohol becomes apparent as beer warms. Very good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Super thick, super black, super aromatic. Tons of roasted coffee and alcohol on the nose. Teeny weenie head that’s gone in the blink of an eye. Nice lacing left on the glass. Mouthfeel was slick and oily and thick. Taste was unmistakable Impy. Coffee, alcohol, raisins, alcohol, chocloate, alcohol. You get the idea. I love the lack of hops and the almost ass-kicking alcohol presence. Taste becomes hotter and more complex as this warms. Very, very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Dark color, almost black. Thick head if poured properly. Has a fully body of flavors, and a very strong alcohol aftertaste. Good beer to split with a buddy as it is definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Aromas are creamy and chocolatey. Dark, dark body with nice foamy tannish head. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy and does a good job covering up the alcohol although a bit of warmth is present. A bit of dark fruit/prune is present behind the creamy, milk chocolate umph that dominates palate and mouthfeel. Nice... really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wxman (1747) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours very dark brown - - opaque. Thin pale brown, small bead head that coats the glass. Aroma of coffee and burnt fruit. Thick and mouth-coating, the flavor is very busy. Notes of merlot wine with bitter darkly roasted malt, expresso and sweet dark chocolate, even some prunes and raisins. Alcohol warmth asserts itself after the swallow. Delicious; will make your cheeks glow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2006
2006, 10.8% Great appearance, thick brown head, deep black opaque colouration. Rich fruity coffeeish aroma with light chock and some peppery spicyness. nice complexity. Flavour was intense, awesome richness, spicy alcohol, fruit and coffeeish roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2006
Tar in color and consistency very nice and thick stout. Alcohol a tad overwhelming the nice complexity of flavors. Begins on the tounge a salty soy sauce.. no good i want to throw it away. But later it flowers into a cherry, root beer with roasted nuts and lots of coffe. Alcohol burs and then more cherry, soy sauce and coffee at the end. Nothing else? mmm not as complex as i thought at the begining. Salty at the end too. But tasted much better at about 60 degrees. Tasting at room temperature is essential. Could have used more head and carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AG420 (16) - USA - JUN 3, 2006
Very thick and black in color. Chocolate color head that disappears quickly. I had the 2006 version with 10.8 % stong beer to say the least. The taste of the alcohol was a bit much for my liking. Almost masking the flavor. The finish was quite nice.

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