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RATINGS: 3228   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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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MrBunn (2826) - 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.

wxman (1820) - O’Fallon, 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.

AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2006
2006, 10.8% Great appearance, thick brown head, deep black opaque colouration. Rich fruity coffeeish aroma with light chock and some peppery spicyness. nice complexity. Flavour was intense, awesome richness, spicy alcohol, fruit and coffeeish roasted malt.

alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2006
Tar in color and consistency very nice and thick stout. Alcohol a tad overwhelming the nice complexity of flavors. Begins on the tounge a salty soy sauce.. no good i want to throw it away. But later it flowers into a cherry, root beer with roasted nuts and lots of coffe. Alcohol burs and then more cherry, soy sauce and coffee at the end. Nothing else? mmm not as complex as i thought at the begining. Salty at the end too. But tasted much better at about 60 degrees. Tasting at room temperature is essential. Could have used more head and carbonation.

AG420 (16) - USA - JUN 3, 2006
Very thick and black in color. Chocolate color head that disappears quickly. I had the 2006 version with 10.8 % stong beer to say the least. The taste of the alcohol was a bit much for my liking. Almost masking the flavor. The finish was quite nice.

jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle from 2006 batch courtesy of hippie4beer pours black as night w/ a small head. Chocolate and oak dominate w/ a mild alcohol spiciness in the throat. Very good, but not as complex as some other imp stouts I’ve tried.

User37895 (3042) - - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 Revised after 2009 vintage: Acquired by dad, shared with him in Aug 2009. Cocoa and milk chocolate elements were at the fore, and this was an excellent experience. Glad we’ve got two years now in a row with a higher quality after a couple off batches. Could have featured more hops, though. Revised after 2008 vintage: Back on track, darned nice brew. Excellent stuff. Revised after 2007 release: Unimpressive again, decent for sure, but not at the top of the style. See otehr vintage notes from 2006. 2006 Release: Nice initial tan head. Not as hoppy as I recall the 2005, somewhat of a decrease in quality, imo. Somewhat astringent, vinous flavor, the increased alcohol is noticeable. The flavor is accompanied this year by some oak, charred nuts, and both light and dark fruits (peaches?). After about 50-55F, I noticed some sort of a spice, cinnamon-like quality. No idea where that was coming from, but it was more than one sip. Again, this needed more hops and fell short in quality of the 2005 version I’ve had before. 2005 Release: Ok, the appearance was great. Nice pitch black color with a head that was nice and chocolate-like (brown). Lacing was great and the aroma was sweet chocolate with only a light roasting. Hops detectable in the aroma and they come out and get you in the finish. The base flavor is sweet chocolate with a midly bitter mid flavor. At first I didn’t like the hops in my stout at these levels, but as the beer warmed, it became more balanced and the stout flavors and alcohol mellowed the hops. I liked this, but outside of the appearance didn’t find it to be more extraordinary than many a good stout out there. Re-rate, April 06, vintages 03-06 in a horizontal, falling just behind Speedway and The Abyss, yet ahead of 3F DL. The 03 version was more choco-cocoa tasting, 04 having more of a choco-brandy taste, and the 05 choco, cocoa, dark fruits, and piney hops. 1-2 years of aging might be optimal for this beer.

bigbish (712) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours thick back. Thin head, disipates quickly. Great flavor, slightly sweet. Coffee, lots of chocolate, some toffee flavors. Just a little roasted flavor. What a great stout!

jhwarfield (125) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle. A bit overrated. Perhaps I had too high of expectations. Pours like used motor oil with very little brown head. Perhaps it was just too much for me to appreciate.

Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Black as ink, rich, dark, choclate-ey. Difficult to take in at first. well worth it though.

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