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RATINGS: 3202   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1755) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ender (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Looks like oil. Tastes much better. Lots of bitterness...espresso-like...both on the nose and taste. Lots of rich roasted malt and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was a little too light and too carbonated for my liking. A year or so in the celler will fix that nicely. Very very good overall. Will love it with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Pours an oily black color with a tan head at the start that goes away fairly quickly after a few moments of clinging to the side of the glass. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Extremely heavy mouthfeel and a strong coffee flavor with a molasses finish. While this is definitely a remarkable beer, it is perhaps a little overrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlackJeremiah (1) - USA - JUN 24, 2006 does not count
Pours like thick, black ooze. Insanely opaque, to the point where I held my LED headlamp up to it and no light could escape. Nose gives strong espresso and bakers chocolate, mixed with a hint of chicory and dark cherry. On the palate, it is velvety, with an undeniable presence I would hesitate to describe as heavy; rather, the Imperial Stout is simply THERE, inescapable, not begging for attention but commanding it. It is emininetly drinkable, with each successive quaff bringing more of the disparate but well-melded flavors to the fore. The alcohol builds in small crescendos with each sip, warming, but not burning, mixing with the malts for a finish that lets you know you darn well better take another sip. The hop character, so recognizable as Stones, is present, floating on top of the other flavors. Its almost too much right now, but I have a few bottles in the cellar, and Id expect the chocolate and espresso to blend, the chicory to soften, and the alcohol bite to smooth out a bit over time. Cant wait to taste this alongside the 2007.

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