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RATINGS: 3133   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 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 (123) - 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!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle: Black pour, good brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts, a little chocolate. mmm this takes me back, first really world class beer that I ever had. Picked up a bottle in 2004 on a whim, because hey I like stone and I like stouts. I was downright giddy about how good this beer was. It was the only bottle in the store and covered in dust. Flavor is simply sublime, chocolaty roastiness, some coffee, dark fruits, some alcohol but nothing offensive. Rich and thick on the palate, this is quickly making me forget the wicked burn I got on my hand today. A roasty bitterness on the finish, and a gentle warming to go with it. What a great beer. I need to go buy more. I just want to add that this stuff is probably even better on draft. Having had about 6 pints of it in the last couple of days I it’s just amazing. Especially if you start factoring in price/ounce. This beer rules.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
very dark pour out of the 22oz. bottle, it made me excited. It formed a good brown head especially becuase it was chilled a bit to cool. taste was chocolately and a slight coffee zing. I initially thought it was going to be overly bitter but I was wrong. It was surprisingly smooth and went down well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
22 oz bomber. As black as can be with a average brown head. Aroma was a little weak but consistented of choclate and coffee with a little alcohol at the end. This was probably the thickest beer I have ever had. The flavor was so smooth; very sweet but evened with a very slight bitterness. The alcohol came out at the end, but I personally like a slightly tantalizing alcohol burn on my tongue. This was one delectable beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
isamublue (21) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
This was fantastic beer. Thick, dark black pour. Diminishing tan head. Coffee taste everpresent slight chocolate and smoke overtones, with a very sweet well balanced coffee alcohol finish. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
2006 bomber. Pours extremely dark and entirely opaque. Thin tan head dissapates quickly. As a stout drinker, this looks very inviting. Nose is a bit difficult to discern. Some coffee, sweetness and perhaps some fruit. Flavor is complex - an overall roasted flavor, with some coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Alcohol is very neatly hidden beneath the flavor. This IS delivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Aroma is strong of coffee and chocolate with roasted and sweet malts, a hint of hops but not very much, and a nice background of dark fruits. Huge roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate dominating the flavor. Pretty smooth for an imperial stout. Finishes with a little kick of slight hops and some alcohol warming. A finish that completes this brew. Yet again Stone has done it again with another top notch brew.

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