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RATINGS: 3121   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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."

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4
garmonbozia (450) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Pours black with a nice tan head. Smells of dark chocolate. Taste was pretty much the same, but more hops. It had very nice mouthfeel.

4.2
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Thanks a lot to dirty_martini. Pours a jet black brew with an oily appearance. The head is medium thin, creamy brown, and retains a little more than most impys. The aroma boasts coffee, alcohol, some light grains, chocolate, caramel, and soy sauce as it warms. The flavor is heavy on soy sauce (especially as it warms), sweet, some alcohol, bakers chocolate, and very roasted. The palate is thick and smooth with predominate roast. The finish is roasty and a bit sweet at the back of my mouth. A wonderful impy. Exemplifies all qualities of an imperial stout.

4.1
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some alcohol. The flavor is pretty much the same; a well done imp stout.

4.1
BuckeyeBoy (8500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2007
22oz Bottle Pours out black topped with a GREAT tan head. Nice chocolate and roast aroma to go with the malty tast. Pretty good. I will store a few and check them out in a year or so.

4.5
radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 2007 Bomber. Aroma is dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee hints. Heavy on the malts and alcohol. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, coffee, malt, and has a nice smooth texture. It’s pretty good, but I think for me the alcohol kind of killed it a bit as at the moment it’s a bit overpowering. Looks like this will be one I need to purchase again and let age for a while! Re-rated with 2008 Spring release drunk about 8 months after purchase.

4.2
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2007
2007 Bomber: Aroma is deep dark chocolate, heavy malt overtones, anise, alcohol, and some rich roasted coffee in there too. Pours a thick dark as night black with a thin tan head that diminishes to a soapy film covering the stout. Taste is big on malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and somewhat creamy in texture. The 10.8% alcohol is very well hidden as well. palate is very warming, coffee and dark chocolate linger on through the aftertaste. Overall, it’s bliss in a bottle. Glad I bought two more to cellar. Cheers!!!

4.7
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Strong taste of bitter dark chocolate and a slightly alcoholic finish. This is one of my favorite imperial stouts.

4.1
TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2007
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 22 oz, dégusté lors de la soirée "La croisée des chemins" chez Cathshlag. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de torréfaction avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat, de petits fruits et de café. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1028)

4.6
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle 2007. Poured black with dark brown head. Looks amazing. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate. Taste was very smooth and roasty.

4.2
DarkMagus (560) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle from 2007. Very dark black with a thick dark brown head that fades away, leaving a thin ring of microscopic bubbles. Aroma of chocolate, roasted nuts, dried fruits, coffe, and burnt grains. Rich, huge flavors of malt, cocoa, coffee, burnt toast, bitter hops, and dried dark fruits (plums, cherries). Oily palate, but a bit sticky and slightly syrupy. Very nice--velvety and soft. Seriously intense and powerful stuff. Should be consumed slowly and thoughtfully.


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