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RATINGS: 3124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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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mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - OCT 20, 2006
One of My number one beers I really like this one Leave this Baby in the freezer for a long time before drinking it and pour it in a snifter. iI would say this is a great winter warmer to You could walk in the blizzard with this.All rise for Stone brewing!

theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 <<RE-RATE 29-Feb-08>>
Re-rating this as part of re-rate day, 2008! 22 oz. bottle, 2006 Vintage, purchased at some convenience store in San Diego, I forget the name. Pour is midnight black with a think, gorgeous tan head. A few carbonation bubbles break through. Beautiful beer. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee notes, dark chocolate and some alcohol heat. Taste is more of the roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, some soy and the alcohol heat. There is almost a wine like taste to this beer. The hop bitter bite to the finish I remember has mellowed out quite a bit. Still present, but very rounded into the finish. Palate is medium thick, and a bit oily. It was a lot of fun to re-rate this beer, since it was in my top ten - interesting to evaluate again since it was one of my first ratings. This is still a great beer, and near the top of my list, but I don’t think I would put it quite as high as it was. I will use this new rating. 8,5,9,4,18 (4.4)

2006 Bomber. Fantastic beer. Fully black, fairly small head that dissipates quickly. Slight smoke, bit of chocolate, very malty. Touch of hop, which I love in stout. Excellent beer. This beer was the reason I joined Ratebeer. 9,5,9,5,18 (4.6)

JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle from trade with gputty. Thanks Geoff! Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is smooth, slightly sweet and complex. The flavors of anise and currents are faintly smokey and balanced so that it finishes with a nice well planned subtle bitterness. An excellent Imperial Stout!

tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
favourite beer every, ultimate in breakfast beer. had about a year abo but soo soo good, dark choc, lots of malt, so rich, every drop ios soo good

vyvvy (6839) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2006
2005 vintage. Pours almost motor oil black with a dark brown / orange head that leaves quickly. The aroma has roasted malt, viniousness, alcohol warmth and bits of vanilla. Medium / full body with a light amount of carbonation. The taste has some roasted malt, vanilla and hops. Smooth texture with some alcohol warmth. The finish has a bit of funky malt, woody hops and hints of anise. As its gets further down the glass the beer gets richer and dark chocolate comes into the mix. This is a fine imperial stout, but I can’t see how this is a top 25 beer.

hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2006
on tap at Andy’s Corner Bar. Thick and black with a tan/light brown head. Aroma is of heavy roast, chocolate, alcohol...Taste is roasty and bitter up front, tons of malt in the middle with smoky notes, some alcohol in the middle and finish. Dark and mysterious, like a Russian Imperial Stout should be. world class beer.

zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours tar with thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, powdered sugar. Flavor is the same and also coffee, molasses, and smokey.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2006
2006 bottle tasted October ’06.

Pours a viscous black, not much head. There’s a huge roasty aroma here, chocolate and coffee, a bit of agar, some alcohol. In addition to the dominant chocolate and coffee components, the flavor hits plum and black cherry, and brings in an interesting suite of flavors reminiscent of bananas flambe.The beer lacks the intoxicating sweetness of e.g. Old Rasputin, and the finish is quite strongly hopped, at this 6-month age maybe a bit overly so for my personal taste . The beer is not terribly hot, though the alcohol does come out in the flavor.

If I hadn’t come to this beer with exceptionally high expectations, I would have been very impressed. Instead, I’m if anything mildly disappointed, in that I don’t find this one as appealing as e.g. Old Rasputin or Speedway. Still, it’s clearly a very well crafted beer and not one to scoff at under any circumstance.

TimLewis33 (1) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2006 does not count
I have 2004 and 2005 brewings of this. I just had a 2005 recently. I took it out of the fridge and let it warm up for a while before opening. Like everyone says, it’s thick and very dark with little head. What do you expect? When I started to drink it, it was still a little too cold. When too cold, you get a lot of fruit notes in it that taste more like black cherry or plums that have gone off a bit. After letting it sit and warm up a little, I started to get more of the chocolate and coffee flavors. There is so much going on that the alcohol content gets lost. Stone says serve at 55 degrees, but I think that’s a little low. It needs to be pretty warm before you really get all the flavors working together nicely. When you do, though, this is one hell of a good stout. The funny thing is, I’m pretty sure that when I drank them together, I like the 2004 better than the 2005. Now I’m going to have to break one of those out just to make sure.

Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
Bouteille de 660 ml, de la par de richlikebeer. Coulleur terre cuite extrèmement foncé, mince collet. Arome de malte chocolaté et de café fort. Très bon goût de café mocha fort, avec une touche d’épice.

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