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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured a dense dark color with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is a bouquet of roasted chocolate, woodsy cherry. The complex viscous flavor warms your mouth. Nice smooth malty finish. The best Stone brew I have had!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 *2007* Pretty much the same as before but a more noticable roasted character is profiled. Nice moderate roast component on the nose and flavor. Steak, iodine, peat, mild hop. finish is long w/ a mild velvet hop bittering.****2006 Vintage. Score 5.0----- Poured a coal black super full nectar with a full, milk chocolate froth. Sweet, malty aroma. Not too sweet. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, smoked peat, with vanilla on the finish. Drink it ice cold. It’s so well ballanced I wanted another bottle. I can’t usually drink this all night long but I have to say, I really think I could with this one. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Highly recommended. ------ Vintage. Score: 3.7- Again, another over the top expression. This Imperial could be described as, viscous as motor oil, rich as bacon fat, a little on the dry side with the alcohol hidden somewhere in the back corner office. Not ballanced by any means and wouldn’t expect it from these guys. I get my allotment every year =)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Thanks RLB for giving me a generous glass of this. Aroma nice deep roast malt, chocolate, just enough coffee and some currant. Poured a thick dark almost black with a chocolatey colored head. Flavor was yummy, just as advertised in the nose with some additional vanilla and fruit undertones combine nice with the hops to balance it nicely. Palate was thick and rich with a creamy finish. I thought this was just sooo good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Had this on draught at Mountain Sun, Boulder. Beer poured with the appearance of rich motor oil—dark, nearly opaque brown-color with an average-sized, creamy brown head that left attractive arches of lace on the glass. The aroma was heavily malty with deeply roasted grain, chocolate and coffee with light notes of cookie; heavily hoppy with notes of resin/pine; and loads of miscellaneous components that included a trace of coconut and moderate amounts of raisin / dried stone fruit, coffee-like berry notes and wood. The flavor was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an extra-long, moderately sweet, lightly acidic, harshly bitter finish full of smokey retros. The body was full, the texture was creamy, the carbonation was soft and the finish was lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
notpeewater (1) - USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
This is my favorite beer. Unfortunately it only comes out once a year. Fortunately, I purchased two cases! This beer is wonderfully rich in flavor with strong hints of espresso, chocolate and licorice. It’s super smooth too. WARNING: This beer has a high alcohol content ;-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate, some licorice and faint dried fruit. Appears a deep dark brown with frothy, creamy brown head. Flavor is rich sweet chocolate, with sharp bitter hops at the finish. Palate is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and at least equal to the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
65 cl bottle. Pitch black colour with a lovely head. Great aroma of coffee, roastedness and sweetness. Also great flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, some oli and notes of coffee. Ends up very complex and AMAZING. I really love this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
I sampled the Early Summer ’05 release I must say it was great!! The calling card "midnight black" color, it looked like something that came out of the engine of a 1950 Studebaker! Aroma was roasty, mouthfeel was strong and chewy. Flavor was simply wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 2004 vinatge; on tap at the Moan and Dove. (Also have had 22oz bottle several times.) pours dark brown (not as black as the more recent versions) with a light brown head that dissipates after a couple swigs. aromas of chocolate, figs, and a little smokiness. flavor is very nice--more chocolate and those oh so subtle hops that make this beer one of my favorite imperial stouts. wanted to have another one, but i gotta drive home somehow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a dark black with brown tones and has a thick tan head that lingers with the entire pour. The smell is of dark chocolate, plums, raisins, black cherries and no alcohal to be smelt. As I tasted this beer the bitterness from the hops kicks to the fore-front as well the malty chocolate essence and finishes sweet caramel and nutty. This beer is so smooth I could drink it all day.

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