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RATINGS: 3114   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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4.3
GuilTTy (735) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Pours dark as night and almost thick as a winter fog topped by a majestic light khaki head with very long retention and with velvety curtains of lacing. You know you’re in for a special experience as soon as you take a whiff of the aroma full of deeply roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, currants and dark fruits. Silky smooth mouthfeel with richly layered flavors of coffee, port, aging frui, butterscotch and vanilla. The finish is long with a soft and warming ribbon of alcohol enticing you to the next sip. This is very difficult to find in NJ (as were all Stone brews until recently) and I’m more than glad that I picked up the one bottle I saw. If you’re an impy fan, this one is a classic.

4.4
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Wow! This was an impressive impy. Ive had a few imperials but this one was at, or very near the top of the list. Spring 06’ release. Aroma was dark chocolate, coffee, roast, wood, grapefruit, alcohol, and hints of toast. Pitch black on color with a dark tan head, just beautiful. Flavor is very much like the aroma but with a sweetness in the finish that leaves you wanting more. Warm, or cold, its great. I expect the best from Stone, and once again, they deliver.

4
ncohafmuta (2) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2006 does not count
Bottle, 22 oz. Starts off with strong aromas of vanilla and carmelized sugar overtop of hints of berry flavors. As it got warmer got a urine smell. Flavors were bold and dense with roasted cocoa and espresso beans and very pruney dark raisins. A good one.

3.6
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
bottle from whole foods, can’t believe i haven’t rated this yet. aroma is suprisingly mild: coffee, roast are the only perceptible aromas at this temp (10 minutes out of the fridge). medium/full bodied. flavor is lots of thick, chewy malt (some caramel), and the finish is slightly on the booze side of the roast/booze spectrum. maybe this bottle is old, but this is not quite the extravagant brew i remember having in the past. will re-rate.

4.6
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 22 oz bottle. Spring ’06 release. Pours a ruddy black with amber edging. Hardly any head on this thick brew. Aroma is of roasted barley, black and chocolate malt, and hints of coffee. Full bodied abd very robust flavor. Includes toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffe, bourbon, fruit, wood, raisin and alcohol. Warming. Should mellow and improve with age.

3.8
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2006
a bit disappointing. had this a few times including on draft during a trip out west. stone doesn’t really impress me altogether. this wasn’t super hoppy as i was expecting. it had a reasonable malt backbone and some smokiness. palate seemed a bit light. pretty big head.

3.8
Zeswaft (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Actually a pretty disappointing for an Imperial stout from Stone. Not as rich and complex as most are. Yes there are some chocolate malts but nothing much more than I can remember.

4
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.

4.4
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s 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.

4
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.


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