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RATINGS: 3121   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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mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Loads of alcohol. Not in a harsh way, but plenty of warming. Prickly carbonation up front, recedes to give way to a dense, heavy but smooth mouthfeel. Tons of toffee, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Slightly bitter, but not much. A bit of a grassy hop balance. I could go for less of an alcohol presence. Still a very good beer.

jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 I was a little disappointed in the aroma. Good but not as good as I would thought it too have been. Appearance is awesome! This is what I like to see. Very, Very dark, Chocolate dark, Dark as night dark. Very nice head to it and it stays till the end. Flavor is good at first, but gets good with each sip. Honestly this beer really did get better with every sip. It is very drinkable and makes your mouth tell your hand to keep on grabbing the snifter to feed it to it. I gave it a 18 overall because I was drinking this on a night where it was about 68 degress. This would be perfect for mid January. Awesome brew that I think is worth the price. Double Cheers! Re-rate: After tasting this many times since, I’ve found out that this is the perfect night time beer and rivals my favorite stout. I’m becomming addicted to this beer.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 2004 bottle. Black body with a very small tan head. Rich body, black chocolate, some dried dark fruits, roasted malt. Everything you’d expect from an Imperial Stout but this one combines it all in a way that very few brewers can. Just enough alcohol presence to create a warm feeling and leave a little burning sensation on the tongue. Sampled at a tasting party, and for a brief moment I did consider strangling a few of the guests to get their servings.

victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2006
It wasn’t as good as the other stout i had that night, but that other stout was a bells expy. Very smooth, i’d like to get a couple and age them.

skoisirius (1908) - 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 (4406) - 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 don’t 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%.

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