overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
2006 bomber. Pours extremely dark and entirely opaque. Thin tan head dissapates quickly. As a stout drinker, this looks very inviting. Nose is a bit difficult to discern. Some coffee, sweetness and perhaps some fruit. Flavor is complex - an overall roasted flavor, with some coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Alcohol is very neatly hidden beneath the flavor. This IS delivers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1545) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Aroma is strong of coffee and chocolate with roasted and sweet malts, a hint of hops but not very much, and a nice background of dark fruits. Huge roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate dominating the flavor. Pretty smooth for an imperial stout. Finishes with a little kick of slight hops and some alcohol warming. A finish that completes this brew. Yet again Stone has done it again with another top notch brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 THIS IS A EXCELLANT BEER .HAD IT FIRST TIME AND WAS SURPRISED AT HOW SMOOTH IT WAS .NOT TO SWEET AT ALL.IT HAD ALCOHOL VERY WELL HIDDEN AND WAS VERY DRINKABLE TRY AND GET IT WHILE IT IS OUT. I PICK UP 3 AND WILL GET MORE TOMORROW .THEY HAD A LOT WHERE I GOT IT FROM ENJOY

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Its spring and the weather is calling for a blackout. Go ahead and put this one up to the light...youre not going to see a thing. It pours nice and smooth with a small dark brown head. Has a strong licorice/toffee kind of aroma going for it. You can definitely taste the high alcohol content...but that isnt necessarily a bad thing. In the words of Hamlet: "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Dark and rich. A bit of that good stout alcohol taste in the finish. Lots of choolate and coffee going on. Not bad, but not my favorite stout either. Kind of harsh without the greatest flavor. There are more complex out there to try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1075) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 Bought two 2006 bottles at the BevMo in Mission Valley. Poured looking as thick and black as two stroke oil, as a proper stout should. Thats as good as it got. Very little vigor in the bubbles, and the nose was smoky but very faint. Even at the listed 10.8% percent there was no real alcohol interfering with the other flavors. Coffee and chocolate in the palate, but not really anything interesting. Ill stick to Samuel Smith here. This is nowhere near 100th percentile. 31 Dec 06 - Had it again at this later date. Far more layered, far more superior. Moved from 3.4 to 3.8 here.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Incredibly dark, almost oily nearly black pour. Creamy cappuchino-colored head that lasts a while. Slight lacing. The nose is heavy on the roasted malts, suggestive of hazelnut coffee, but also with a bit of indistinguishable fruit behind it. The flavor characteristics are incredibly complex but well balanced at the same time. The progression goes from mocha to an almost puckerish bittering sweet malt, to a finish that is all vanilla milkshake, leading to an aftertaste that is malty sweet but with just the slightest hint of hops lying beneath. A very pleasant experience.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hubajube (13) - USA - MAY 16, 2006
Completely opaque with a flavor to match. Chocolate smell with a bit of something darkly sour. Sweet maltiness, soft licorice candy, a bit of hops at the side of the tongue, trailing off with bittersweet chocolate. Nice and syrupy thick and fizzy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Very dark pour with a light brown, very long-lasting head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas dominate, with coffee and alcohol present as well. Not as thick on the tongue as I was expecting, though it is still certainly a beer to drink over a few hours.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
2006 bomber. Poured black with a thin coffee head, although not as dark as some others Ive seen. Nose was full of smoke and grapes. Flavored followed with some added coco and a vinous medium vinous finish. Pretty good, but Im going to lay these down for a bit.


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