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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 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2006
Vintage 2005: Pouring thick and oily with a brown tan film for a cap (which quickly vanishes), this is a delight to the nose. Dark sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, dark berries, anise, bitter almonds, alcohol... oh, yes, alcohol. Very thick mouthfeel, soothing to the tongue despite a light, peppery alcohol burn. The flavor is an even richer blending of what is experienced in the aroma, with the alcohol amazingly fading into the background. A BIG drink, and a satisfying one. Mayhaps Stone’s best.

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   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 haven’t 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).

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