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RATINGS: 3077   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 2006. Black. Large, dense, sponge of a tan/brown head settles to a thin layer. Nose: roasty malt, anise, subtle coffee and alcohol, dark fruits, pretzels and an unnameable scent that betrays the intensity of this brew. Flavor: same, plus some hints of cola. Coffee is also subtle, the rest of the flavors are in your face. Bittersweet chocolate joins the party. Aftertaste of roasted, alcoholic anise and dark fruits. Palate: huge, viscous, and a little bit chewy. Great imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2006
An excellent IS, with great texture. The only thing I could ask for is a little more complexity and depth of flavor. Still havenít found an IS to compare to the Speedway Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2006
Poured jet black with dark tan head that had moderate retention and good lacing. Aromas and flavors are very intense; coffee, black licorice, molasses, and chocolate covered cherries come to mind. Medium bodied with a light sweetness and a creaminess that lingers on the palate. No one flavor is overwhelming nor doen any of it continue to be harsh in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
22oz bottle, 2006 edition. Poured viscous impenetrable black into a tulip with a 1-finger diminishing chestnut-brown head. Gorgeous. The nose is alcohol and roasted nuts, with some toast and sweetness, and a note of prunes/raisins. Could be a little more assertive. Flavor starts out with massive alcohol, prunes, dark toast. Short coffee finish with lingering roasted bitterness. The alcohol is a bit too strong in the flavor. Some nutty character and (yes) anise appearing later in the glass. Palate is chewwwwy with a huge alcohol bite (though not too huge) and some evident carbonation. Overall I would turn down the alcohol and not roast the barley quite so darkly (can be a bit acrid at times).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2006
From Bottle, 2006 Vintage. Pours of pitch black molasses with a churning froth of head that looks like sugar scum scraped off of a stovetop caramel sauce. The head quickly disappears, leaving behind a black hole impenetrable by light. Waves of anise immediately waft to my nostrils, mixing brilliantly with some supple dark chocolates to create a chocolate black licorice sensation. Some dark, juicy prune and Irish creme notes are in there as well. Hmmm... the bouquet is pleasant, but not as complex as I expected and is rather a let down after drooling over the appearance in my snifter glass. The initial palate feel is really where this beer gets its chance to shine, and a standout category where I feel it is totally worthy of my 5 rating. At first, the texture is so rich and thick, its almost as though Iím drinking some silky Belgian chocolate straight out of a fondue pot. Rolling this amorphous matter over my tongue brings back fond memories of Brazil, a beach, and a bottle of absinthe. Definitely some molasses notes as well. Final smack of an oaky bourbon and a cigar dipped in molasses. Overall, Iím not quite sure how I feel about this beer. Iím blown away by the appearance and richness of the texture, but the bouquet and flavor isnít that much better than many of its competitors in this style. I will look forward to aging my remaining stash for awhile to see if that will further improves my impressions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle, thanks to Kramer. Aroma is intense, with cereal, blackberry, coffee, chocolate. Deep black pour with a decent brown head. Very roasty taste, round fruity overtones, lots of sweet molasses, and a nice bitterness in the end. No hop flavor to be found besides the bittering. Also notes of marshmellow, licorice, pomegranite, oats. Thick palate though not overwhelmingly so like Expedition. For a $5, this is one of the best beer deals out there, without question. Now if I only I could find some ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hangover (1101) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2006
Dark black pour, mostly opaque, with a thick tan head. Aroma is a lot of caramel, milk chocolate, raisin and cherry... with a slight whiff of alcohol. Very full-bodied and rich mouthfeel. Taste is moderately carbonated, but again, the flavor is so... rich. Oily, chocolately, a bit nutty. Nice, bitter finish, lasting chocolate aftertaste. Flavors abound as it warms and you drink more... dried fruit, oak, malt... you name it. This is GOOOOOOOD! How do these guys do it? Simply amazing, well worthy of top 10 honors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottled. This stout has a great chocolaty roasty aroma to it and pours almost black with a small amount of dark brown head. Itís a heavy body with a sweet chocoaty/coffee taste that isnít too rich. Itís thick, but not syrupy. This is the best beer Iíve had from Stone yet. I highly recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2006
[2006 bomber] Pours thick and dark- yep, like motor oil. Aroma is wonderful- malty and inviting. Tastes smooth and complex- roasted malts, dark dried fruits, dark chocolate, medium roasted coffee and more chocolate. Coffee presence is somewhat mild, which I appreciate in terms of Imperial Stouts. Mouthfeel is thick, kind of oily. This definitely lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 22, 2006
my roomate brought a bottle up from Mass. pours a beautifull pitch black with off white head. super thick and oily in appearance. i let this warm in my glass to close to room temp. this really alowed the aromas to release. sweet coffee, mocha, currants, and bitter chocolate are bleded in the aroma with no one smell dominating over the other. the taste is perfectly roasted malt, some black berries and currants, toffe, bitter chocolate, and hint of vanilla. each sip brings out new flavors. super creamy and thick, warms the soul on the way down. an awsome beer. wish they had it in Maine.

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