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RATINGS: 3131   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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a tinge of amber only on the extreme edges and a thin dark tan head. The aroma is very, very malty. Lots of raisin, wood, some chocolate, just a faint hint of espresso, and Scotch whisky. The flavor: wow, where to start. It evolves as it moves across the palate. Initially it is quite sweet, like raisins and maple. It moves on toward the more intense grainy malts. Lots of barley, oak, pot ash, earth, and peat. Toward the finish the hops finally come out, though not as obnoxiously as in other Stone offerings. They are fairly mellow, but quite earthy and blend well with the rest of the flavors. There is really no indication at all of the high alcohol. The mouthfeel is really quite thick, but not sticky. This is some excellent stuff. Yum yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Pours a rich thick dark chocolate color with a milk chocolate and coffee colored head. Smells of chocolate and coffee from the pour alone. Good lacing, a tan color on the glass in intricate patterns. Drinks a thick chocolatey taste, even a little refreshingly so. Malts are present and so is deliciousness. By far better than some other Stone’s, and that says a lot, because Stone seems to sit near the top of the pack. This brew is awesome, and because the store has more, I’m going back nearly immediately to pick up some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Summer ’05 Release. Finally got around to rating this one. Aroma was light bread, strong coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted. Moderate yeast and a bit of dough. This baby pours black with minimal head. Excellent lacing that fully diminishes. This is one full bodeid brew that’s oily/syrupy with only a little carbonation. This is my favorite RIS. As I have a bunch of these, I’ll be adding my reviews as they age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (Bottle 65 cl) Comes as "Stone Imperial Stout" at 10.8% ABV in a "Limited Early Summer 2005 Release".
Opaque, pitch black beer with a creamy, dark brown head. Very complex aroma of dried fruits and roasted malts. Very full body with plenty of roasted malt and dried fruit. Extremely complex and refined brew with only a moderate bitterness. 160106 and 070907

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
(01.15.06) One pint, 6 fl oz black bottle purchased from beeronthewall.com. 10.8% ABV. Bottle states “Limited edition early summer 2005 release.” Black hued stout having a tan head and spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Coffee and bitter chocolate aromas. Full bodied with rich creamy texture that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee, dried fruit (raisin?) flavors. Finishes dry with light lingering bitterness and black coffee aftertaste. Notable alcoholic warmth. Rich, smooth, and well-balanced stout. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006

22 oz bomber, early summer 2005 release. This is has just about everthing I love about imperial stouts: 1. motor oil pour with a midnight black opaque color and a nice tan head. 2. flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and the slight bitterness of coffee that warm you up on chilly days...I’m sure the alcohol content has something to do with that "warming up" factor to, but anyways... 3. smooth complexity, alittle bite on the tounge and then a smooth finish The one thing that wasn’t too familar was the slight hoppy tone in the beginning of each sip and in the aftertaste. Pretty interesting, but not suprising as I have found Stone loves giving us that hoppy flavor. All in all a very delicous imperial stout.

2006 spring release. Came across this llittle beauty today and picked up three bombers. The new label is kinda neat, the hat is a nice touch. The beer seems fairly similar, the aroma is kind of roasty and a bit soapy. The flavor is full of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee all the great comfort flavors you’d expect from the style. The mouthfeel is also very nice, rich and chewy...never too clumpy. Still a great beer and definetly benifits with some age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Thanks pjk33 for this great beer A beautiful IRS. Dark, thick, malty, and hoppy. Everything this style should be. Intense flavor balanced by the hop presence. Best IRS I have yet tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Wow... what a tasty treat. pitch black, nice thick carmel colored head. Taste rich and chocolate, with rasins and carmels accents. Alcohol warms you but never burns. A must try for imperal fans

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2006
"A very pretty beer. Pour a pitch black with a brown head. Left nice lacing throughout. Smelled choclate roasted, and some hops. Beer tasted better as it warm and hops and choclate and alcohol mixed better."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
This is one of the best Imperial stouts made! Pours thick and black with a deep brown head. Aroma of coffee, spices and alcohol. This beer warms as it goes down. The alcohol is not over powering and warms the soul. You need to have this one in an overstuff chair by a fire. This is a relaxing and extremely enjoyable. I would have to say that next to Bell’s Imperial...this is a toss up on who’s best.

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