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RATINGS: 3207   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Tap. Super dark pour with a caramel colored head. Nose is burnt, roasty coffee flavor with dried cherry notes. Flavor is very alcoholic and malty, very strong finish. Rerate. Bottle. Black body with a beige head. Tinny, roasty and smoky aroma. Alcohol, some hops, plenty of coffee, cherries, bitter chocolate. Flavor is very well balanced. Sweet and savory, not too dry, nice and complex, vinous, alcohol notes. Creamy palate. Great beer, one of Stones best, behind 10th anniv. IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
okay, im a hophead so i must admit that im biased. this beer was okay but nothing id write home about. very dark, black as pitch color. the mouthfeel was very smooth and refreshing. the taste reminded me of raisins. i didnt taste chocolate or coffee. the burn was very nice. almost soothing. not my best beer but okay

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2008 This beer is very good. The aroma isnt too strong, but dont let that deceive you. Pours very dark black with a beautiful thick brown head. Mouthfeel is very thick, it coats the mouth. Tastes of complex toffee, dried fruit, chocolate, and coffee, very intense flavor. Suprisingly not much in the way off hops considering that stone is the brewer. The zing in this beer comes from the alcohol not the hops. Has a strong alcohol finish. Gets better with every sip. Just compared the 06 to the 07. Emphasis on sweet dark malt and dark fruit, similar to port.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Loads of alcohol. Not in a harsh way, but plenty of warming. Prickly carbonation up front, recedes to give way to a dense, heavy but smooth mouthfeel. Tons of toffee, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Slightly bitter, but not much. A bit of a grassy hop balance. I could go for less of an alcohol presence. Still a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 I was a little disappointed in the aroma. Good but not as good as I would thought it too have been. Appearance is awesome! This is what I like to see. Very, Very dark, Chocolate dark, Dark as night dark. Very nice head to it and it stays till the end. Flavor is good at first, but gets good with each sip. Honestly this beer really did get better with every sip. It is very drinkable and makes your mouth tell your hand to keep on grabbing the snifter to feed it to it. I gave it a 18 overall because I was drinking this on a night where it was about 68 degress. This would be perfect for mid January. Awesome brew that I think is worth the price. Double Cheers! Re-rate: After tasting this many times since, Ive found out that this is the perfect night time beer and rivals my favorite stout. Im becomming addicted to this beer.

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