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RATINGS: 3165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Theres no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Im 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!" Thats 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7619) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Lees Discount Liquors, Las Vegas, Nv. - 22 oz bottle. Black as night tar colored pour, thick, creamy mocha head. Fruity aroma laden with prunes and dates. Flavor has some chocolate, black licorice, prunes, dates and some back end booziness. Mouthfeel and thick and has good vicosity. Improves as it warms. Solid imp - not over the top - just right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Pours dark brownish-black with a purple tint. Small dark caramel head that quickly diminishes. Smells strongly of grape, currants. Taste of roasted chocolate. Heavy body. Deep warming sensation. Pretty filling. Overall, excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
WOW! there is a lot of flvor in there. Admitedly i think this one is beer is beyon my palate. Its very dark and thick with an insane amount of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Black ink color, brown head. Good aroma: malt, bread, roasted malt, liquorice, light phenols. The body is not too thick, a bit oily, unfortunately metallic too; the taste is dominated by the roasted malt with a roasted nuts character, some malt sweetness, liquorice, strong bitterness. The final is bitter, again mostly due to the roasted malt (and the other flavors along); hidden by this, there is some aromatic hop. Good, very powerful, but it cant get me excited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Pour approaches black with an oily, brown skin and thick halo. Aroma finds clay, alcohol, dark chocolate syrup and dirt. Huge and rich with muddy chocolate before dry, estery coffee to finish. Syrupy mouth. Hot, hot, hot. Im going to lay down a bottle or two and see how they mellow down the road.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSstout (5) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
Heavy enough to be a meal. Pours dark thick charcol color. Thick creamy head melts away quickly. Aroma of roasted nut, coffee, and maybe sweet plum. Flavor of roasted coffee and nuts. Heavy on the palate and ends with a slight bitterness. Found in Yuma, Arizona beer store in July.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Big Bottle. I should have waited until I was 60 yrs old. to have Speedway Stout. That way I could have tasted other good stouts and not thought to my self, "thats alright, but its not Speedway Stout." This beer was delicious. I really, really enjoyed it. Nice noticeabley thick pour. Delicious flavor and wonderful feel in the mouth - velvety. Ill come back to this beer for further review.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2006
22 oz bottle. A beautiful beer. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma isnt much, but there was some chocolate and coffee, and some alcohol. Flavor is complex and bold, highlighted by chocolate and alcohol. I didnt think it was quite as good as the Goose Island or Dogfish Head Imperials, but still a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2006
What a letdown. Black with a small beige head. Some coffee, red grape and charcoal. Dry, somewhat bitter flavor, charcoaly. How is this a top-50? Blah. Many better IS variants out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Foreboding vacuum of sent, with only a slight touch of coffee reaching the olfactory bulb. For a 10.8% ABV beer, its remarkably balanced. Its overall flavor is a subdued molasses, and its texture is heavy. This is a winter beer, but Im enjoying it all the same in the pitch of summer. With a subtle warming of the mouth, and a hint of smoked toffee, I find this to be a remarkable imperial, Russian stout. For now, I put it above Old Rasputin, but Ill still need to perform a side-by-side comparison. Spring 2006 limited-edition.

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