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RATINGS: 3228   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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4.4
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Poured from the bomber a dark brown (almost black) with a red hue and a small brown head that quickly diminished to a ring of lacing. Aroma was dark fruits, roasted malt/grains, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor did not disappoint with a vinous dark fruit a dark chocolate flavor and the alcohol warming as it went down.

2.8
zweiterlinde (6) - USA - NOV 20, 2006 does not count
This is a very tame imperial stout. While having a nice appearance (very dark color, reasonable head for an imperial stout), its flavor is seriously lacking. My bottle (2006) had an overwhelmingly sweet flavor, with strong raisin/currant notes. Roasted flavor was present, but minimal. Aroma is pleasant but fits with the sweet flavor. Not my idea of an imperial stout.

4
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Pours to a thick black, used motor oil look, with light tan head that lingers long and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is malty roasted nut and molasses. Flavor is more of the same, and as the beer warms, the 9.4% alcohol becomes more noticeable. Sweet, long finish tops this off and makes it a most enjoyable beer.

4.7
rochioli1965 (15) - USA - NOV 18, 2006
Aroma: Rich and complex, with variable amounts of roasted grains, maltiness, fruity esters, hops, and alcohol. The roasted malt character takes on coffee, dark chocolate, or slightly burnt tones The malt aroma is subtle to rich and barleywine-like, Fruity esters arenlow to moderately strong, and takes on a complex, dark fruit Appearance: Color may range from very dark reddish-brown to jet black. Opaque. Deep tan to dark brown head. Generally has a well-formed head, although head retention may be low to moderate. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass. Flavor: Rich, deep, complex and quite intense, with variable amounts of roasted malt/grains, maltiness, fruity esters, hop bitterness and flavor, and alcohol. A slightly burnt grain, burnt currant or tarry character evident. Alcohol strength is evident, but not hot, sharp, or solventy. Mouthfeel: Full very full-bodied and chewy, with a velvety, luscious texture Overall Impression: An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Dark fruit flavors meld with roasty, burnt, or almost tar-like sensations. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play.

4.6
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Let me start by saying this is an amazing beer. Pours black with a thin brown head that goes away quickly. Smells like coffee, and a roasty nutty flavor that invites you to take a sip. Once sipping the first thing that hit you is hops! Which is surprising because i didn’t smell them at first. Then some anise comming in briefly followed by the classic roasty flavor and bitter chocolate in any russian imperieal stout. Loved this beer. .... If only I could get more.

4.5
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Glad I finally got to sample this. Black, sticky and viscous, just like it should be. Hoppy and sweet, lots of coffee and chocolate; raisins; prune; burnt popcorn; all those things you expect. Very nice but a bit overshadowed by some of the other brews sampled last night.

4.6
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle - Limited Spring 2006 Release. Thanks goes to skoisirius for this! I have been wanting to try this for awhile now. Pours a dark black color with a tan head on top. Aroma is full of chocolate (milk and dark chocolate). Vanilla, coffee, roastiness, and raisins also are in the aroma. Quite an aromatic beer. Flavor is full of roasted maltiness. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, raisins, caramel, and vanilla hit the tongue. Amazing flavor that is quite smooth and balanced. A very complex beer that would be quite an adventure to age. Once the 2007 batch comes out I will be sure to buy a case to cellar! Amazing beer!

4.3
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pours a nice black/tan color with a tan head. Wonderful chocolate malt aroma with a hint of vanilla and licorice.Tatse was nice complex flavors of chocolate malts,mollasass with a nice alcohol burn.Nice bitter finish.Great!(Thanks to brewblackhole for this one!)

4.3
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
On Tap @ O’Brien’s. Evil dark look with no head. Light aroma of mostly vanilla. Excellent flavor of rich roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, chocolate malts and caramel. Even and smooth. Awesome beer.

4.3
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Another killer bottle from a recent trade with Nolankowal I always wondered if this stouts was worthy of the hip. It is! Just a wonderful stout. Not overreaching in any direction. Thick as hell , but still well balances. I like the almost milk like quality’s. I detected no burnt or bitter notes. Just the opposite of many IRS such as Old Rasputin. It doesn’t have the “coffee grounds “type feeling that bells exhibition stouts has


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