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RATINGS: 3204   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Wow this beer was darker than the bottle itself, really nice and thick. Expresso, and chocolate aroma on this one. Taste is a bitt bitter with a thick, oily, sweet, bitter taste to it. Leaves the palate asking for more. Very important that this beer is not served too cold, but you probably can see that on the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
River (25) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2006
This beauty has an espresso-like body with a light golden brown head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of coffee, malts, and toffee are present. Dark, rich, and slightly sweet flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of fruit blend to near perfection. *sigh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2006
spring 06 10.8% 22 oz bottle. roasty taste, chocolaty, very thick almost like syrup which makes it a bit unenjoyable and takes away from the taste completly for me. my only desire to drink is a few years after aging

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 9/2/2006 Quite alcoholic, the bottle saying 10.8 for the 2006 release. A fantastic roasted malt aroma- chocolate, coffee, hops. A bitter, sweet, coffee, hop, and molasses taste. Very enjoyable, but for a fresh brew, a little harsh; could use a few years aging to improve the balance. --- 2007 bottle--- consumed 9/11/2009 Well balanced, hoppy, limited oxidation. Wow. Still fantastic. About at its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottled. Freak..wow..this is strong! This and chewy like it should be. Probably the darkest beer I have ever tasted. The alcohol is easy to taste which is my main beef with this. Its so high in alcohol that if I lite a candle in the room I might spontaneously combust!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Pours jet black very little head which dissipates to nothing. Aroma roasted malt, coffee, molasses, caramel, alcohol, and a hop note. Mouth very thick and sticky. Flavor thick roasted caramel, sweet molasses, dark fruit, and finishes with dry lingering bitterness. This would balance out with aging but i love it rough like this. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Nice and dark in appearance with a dark tan head that disappeared (disappointingly) quickly. Aroma is of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor matches the simplicity of the aroma. Definitely an injoyable drink but I expected more from such a highly rated brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
I had this on tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Powerful aroma and flavor of alcohol. Deep chcolate maltyness and a dryish, espresso bean like finish. Earthy texture and a gritty mouthfeel. A drop overrated, maybe I just have to try it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2006 22oz bottle. Pours blacker then black with a cool dark tan head that dissapates quickly and completely. About the only thing that is dissapointing about this beer. Aroma of chocolate, black liquorice, roasted malts. Nice smooth full mouthfeel with the same taste as the Aroma with a bit of an alchohol kick at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate, black licorice, hops, and a little bit of coffee. Nice palate, goes down nice. Flavor is sweet with a little bitterness at the edges, can taste the alcohol.

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