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RATINGS: 3222   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 doesnt 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....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3734) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 thats 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Dark color, almost black. Thick head if poured properly. Has a fully body of flavors, and a very strong alcohol aftertaste. Good beer to split with a buddy as it is definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2800) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Aromas are creamy and chocolatey. Dark, dark body with nice foamy tannish head. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy and does a good job covering up the alcohol although a bit of warmth is present. A bit of dark fruit/prune is present behind the creamy, milk chocolate umph that dominates palate and mouthfeel. Nice... really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wxman (1810) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours very dark brown - - opaque. Thin pale brown, small bead head that coats the glass. Aroma of coffee and burnt fruit. Thick and mouth-coating, the flavor is very busy. Notes of merlot wine with bitter darkly roasted malt, expresso and sweet dark chocolate, even some prunes and raisins. Alcohol warmth asserts itself after the swallow. Delicious; will make your cheeks glow.

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