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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 3165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Pours dark as night and almost thick as a winter fog topped by a majestic light khaki head with very long retention and with velvety curtains of lacing. You know youre in for a special experience as soon as you take a whiff of the aroma full of deeply roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, currants and dark fruits. Silky smooth mouthfeel with richly layered flavors of coffee, port, aging frui, butterscotch and vanilla. The finish is long with a soft and warming ribbon of alcohol enticing you to the next sip. This is very difficult to find in NJ (as were all Stone brews until recently) and Im more than glad that I picked up the one bottle I saw. If youre an impy fan, this one is a classic.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 22 oz bottle. Spring 06 release. Pours a ruddy black with amber edging. Hardly any head on this thick brew. Aroma is of roasted barley, black and chocolate malt, and hints of coffee. Full bodied abd very robust flavor. Includes toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffe, bourbon, fruit, wood, raisin and alcohol. Warming. Should mellow and improve with age.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
On tap at Downtown Johnny Browns in SD. Heat and Burn! This is a very good imperial stout. A black beer with a dark brown head. The heart of darkness in a glass. Thick, fine gorgeous bubbles. This is beyond chocolate and roasted. It tastes dark.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Wow! This was an impressive impy. Ive had a few imperials but this one was at, or very near the top of the list. Spring 06 release. Aroma was dark chocolate, coffee, roast, wood, grapefruit, alcohol, and hints of toast. Pitch black on color with a dark tan head, just beautiful. Flavor is very much like the aroma but with a sweetness in the finish that leaves you wanting more. Warm, or cold, its great. I expect the best from Stone, and once again, they deliver.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2006
a bit disappointing. had this a few times including on draft during a trip out west. stone doesnt really impress me altogether. this wasnt super hoppy as i was expecting. it had a reasonable malt backbone and some smokiness. palate seemed a bit light. pretty big head.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 2005 Early summer release. Pours oily black with a thin brown head. Aroma of burnt/roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and touch of alcohol. Very pronounced expresso and dark roasted malt flavors, but as it warms, sweetness and chocolate flavors sneak out.Mouth feel is full bodied with a tad amount of stickyness. Finish is mildly bitter, with some dryness and dark roast. Another solid beer from Stone, and reasonably priced considering the quality of this beer. 2006 bottle on july 23, 2011. Aging nicely. Lots of sherry - accents of cherry, and molasses and maybe a little anise.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
bottle from whole foods, cant believe i havent rated this yet. aroma is suprisingly mild: coffee, roast are the only perceptible aromas at this temp (10 minutes out of the fridge). medium/full bodied. flavor is lots of thick, chewy malt (some caramel), and the finish is slightly on the booze side of the roast/booze spectrum. maybe this bottle is old, but this is not quite the extravagant brew i remember having in the past. will re-rate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Overall very good. Had the Spring 2006 edition. Very rich beer, tasted the alchohol more than I had anticipated. One of my favorite styles, although out of season. I will purchase again in the fall, if still available.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ncohafmuta (2) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2006 does not count
Bottle, 22 oz. Starts off with strong aromas of vanilla and carmelized sugar overtop of hints of berry flavors. As it got warmer got a urine smell. Flavors were bold and dense with roasted cocoa and espresso beans and very pruney dark raisins. A good one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1703) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Actually a pretty disappointing for an Imperial stout from Stone. Not as rich and complex as most are. Yes there are some chocolate malts but nothing much more than I can remember.


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