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RATINGS: 3119   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricedw3 (2) - USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
Most complex beer that I have ever had. I enjoyed the bitter aftertaste. I couldn’t detect any pine from the hops. I enjoyed the mouth feel and finish. Very thick and satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
One hell of a beer. 22 oz bottle: pours more like used oil than I have ever seen dark dark thick black. Aroma of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor is even more complex: dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, anise, black current, a bit of pine on the back of the tongue from the hops. Alocohol on the finish is sweet but balanced. velvetly smooth palate the thickest I have ever felt. This is a must have. The best that I have had thus far. CHEERS!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle 1 pnt 6ozs. spring 2006 release. Pours very thick and heavy almost lumpy, and leaves this thick carmel color head. With awesome flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, with an incredible hoppy bitterness finish. This is an extraordinary beer, once again stone has hit the mark giving us this wonder!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Pours like over used motor oil straight out of oil pan and leaves a head that looks like something floating around in my toilet after a night of drinking Guinness. You’d think that a beer this dark would have a bitterness about it but it turns out to be one of the smoothest, most flavorfull beers you will ever drink. This is probably the best dark beer I’ve ever had. Would love to try it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle from Bottleworks. Black with big frothy brown head. Roasted malt aroma with some coffee and lots of alcohol coming through. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the aroma. Taste of licorice, chocolate, coffee and alcohol is big, but not overwhelming. Nice and thick...nothing watery here. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Enjoying the spring 2005 brew,heavy and complex malt licorice,chocolate cake and chocolate liquer,extremely dark opaque body, nice tan head, taste was also heavy malt,chocolate, a touch of dark fruit,a solid alcohol rush,and a big hop bitterness at the end. With all this flavor going on,thought the body was medium at best,which gave this entire mix of flavors just a touch of thinness. For me,second only to Dark Lord

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Delicious. Dark dark brown pour, little head. Great aroma, raisins, caramel, very malty. Sweet, raisin, prune, caramel, licorice, some hops, with a mild bitter and alcoholic finish. Very creamy, and overall, an excellent beer. Smooth and complex, easily drinkable, and definitely worth buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
azmtnbiker (20) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2006 release. Roasty coffee aroma with a dark tan head and dark as night. Tried this one a little too cold. Coffee,chocalate with a hint of some fruitiness with an alcohol warmth. The alcohol is more noticable when tasted at fridge temps. The alcohol warmth stayed throughout the beer and was a little too grainy for my taste buds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2006
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, 2006 spring release, with a blurb on the back, sampled at cellar temperature. Acquired in a trade with fellow BA germaniac, once again, many, many thanks!! Made a good appearance, poured a syrupy dark chocolate brown with a foamy tan head that settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a charcoal, roasted dark coffee and grains nose with a sweet roasted fruitiness and alcohol in the background. A crisp, syrupy smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Big roasted malty taste, chocolate, fruity and caramelized, roasted grainy, a subtle alcohol warmth, the ABV level is well masked, the alcohol warmth starts in the middle and then lasts through out, a little biting spiciness and a sweet roasty and fruity finish. I personally thought this year’s version of Stone’s RIS was better than the Three Floyds Dark Lord I sampled with a friend last night, an excellent RIS, well worth seeking out and a must try if you like Russian Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DuffLover (121) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2006
From a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma is malt, caramel, and coffee. Pours very thick and dark - almost black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What really sets this brew apart is the palate - thick and silky smooth with moderate carbination. Fantastic! My favorite beer!!

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