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RATINGS: 3225   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Thereís no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts," states Stone CEO Greg Koch. "I know, because Iím one of íem 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!" Thatís 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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skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 22 oz bottle in Snifter glass. 2006 vintage at 10.8%. Pours a very thick and dark black with a brownish hue to it. Very thin brown tan head that settles near the rim of the glass very quietly and beautifully. Heavy aroma of coffee, alcohol, dark malt, hints of chocolate, and a tiny bit of spices (not sure which). Flavor notes are also chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee, and dark, dark roasted malt. Extremely bold and thick flavor bringing out rich alcohol flavor that sizzles on the tongue with spices as it goes down in a very mysterious manner. This truely is an amazingly brewed beer.

unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
A great russian imperial stout. very dark roasted malt flavor. Definately in my top 3 stouts. 22oz bottle

coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Pours very dark. I donít think there is really a point where you can see through it. Powerful, robust flavor with a bit of alcohol flavor.

TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours black with thin off white head. Aroma is sweet with malt and slight hops. A little bit of coffee with molasses. Taste is choclolate, sweet fruit, molasses, coffee, and rosted malt. Finishs is sweet abd lasting. Good impy stout.

brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Very dark in pour with a slight smokey aroma with nice chocolate and coffee feel as well. Tasted strong but not overpowering with complex dark chocolate and roasted coffee with hints of roasted malt. Alcohol was very present but not bad and the finish was rather smooth and spicy.

NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2006
from a 22 oz bottle. Pours black as night with a small tan almost brown head. The nose has a very bitter cooking chocolate type richness. the mouthfeel isnt as full as most stouts I have had, but not unpleasant. I get some chocolate in the flavor but it also has an odd malty characteristic. Had it once before and it was much different then this time. But this bottle happens to be 4 months old. I think that the 10.8% is skewing my taste slightly. Sampling the limited spring 2006 release, vs the listed 9.4%.

Funknmilla (743) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 2007.....Out of bottle, dark, just about black in color, with a caramel colored foam(which doesnít stay around). Baking chocolate aroma, and a muddled fruity coffee-like taste. The weight is thin but creamy...... the high percentage is disguised by the pungent flavor. Finish is somewhat flat and a little sharp....On tap, very similar except i had more molasses on the nose and palate....

alobar (3754) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Thank you richlikebeer! Pours a dark black with no head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee. Tastes of a complex combination of chocolate,coffee, some fruit and a hint of alcohol. Fantastic!

Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Black witn burgundy hue. No head. Tastes of chocolate with coffe. Smooth, thick and high powered. Alcohol becomes apparent as beer warms. Very good stout.

imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Super thick, super black, super aromatic. Tons of roasted coffee and alcohol on the nose. Teeny weenie head thatís gone in the blink of an eye. Nice lacing left on the glass. Mouthfeel was slick and oily and thick. Taste was unmistakable Impy. Coffee, alcohol, raisins, alcohol, chocloate, alcohol. You get the idea. I love the lack of hops and the almost ass-kicking alcohol presence. Taste becomes hotter and more complex as this warms. Very, very enjoyable!

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