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RATINGS: 3227   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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pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 2006 bottle. Pours blacker than brown and browner than black, quite nearly impenetrable. A thin dark tan head, though I never hold that against this style. This one is a strong son of a gun, alcohol is immediately obvious, but so is the creamy rich malt. For me to smell the richness of a beer is something unusual, so this is sure to be a treat. An obvious bit of roast with some fruit in there. There also appears to be some vanilla and cinnamon at warmer temperatures. Velvety smooth and creamy, not quite as viscous as I had hoped, but I sure won’t complain! The CO2 level is about as perfect as imaginable, reminding me of Fuller’s London porter. This really dazzles on the taste buds. Not as bold and brash as most Stone brews, this beer really shows they can be subtle when appropriate. Ridiculously sweet and malty, creamy with definite presence of vanilla and anise and almost lactic. There’s a slight amount of roast, but somehow, it isn’t star of the show, which seems unusual for an impy stout. This plays off a lot more like a barleywine. There’s a slight tough of floral hops in there, but it’s impact on the flavor pales in comparison to the intensity of the alcohol. The warming sensation is really pleasant, making this a sipper. the roast really doesn’t make itself apparent until the aftertaste, which is subtle and not at all overbearing. Being a sucker for sweet malty beers, I really love this brew which someone avoids being cloying. The other flavors are really subtle, but still seem to contribute to the flavor profile. With this much alcohol, I’d imagine this will age for quite some time, and I look forward to drinking my other bottles as the alcohol mellows out.

slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAY 10, 2006
2006 release sampled. Dark and oily with a thick brown head. Not much hop aroma present. Taste was complex with strong molasses and syrup notes and a little chocolate. I’ve got a couple more bottles and it will be interesting to try this one after a year.

Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
Sampled on-tap at the Brookline Publick House, to match with the huge-ass order of ribs I had there.

I just love staring at the black hole sun that only seems to radiate out of RIStouts. Great creamy mocha head looked like a fine Italian espresso.
It even smelled like a good coffee, with some sprinkles of lake champlain Tanzanian dark chocolate. Piney hop effluves slowly creeped up and alcohol in the finale was and soothing.
Surprisingly smooth at first, the hop astringency gradually comes along in the end, making a kind of wave that’s creamy, then just a bit sweet, then bitter and warm from the alcohol. I wouldn’t drink tons of this stuff, but when I have a feel for a RIS I wouldn’t mind having some of this.

Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Spring 2006 release. The cocoa head bodes well as does the thick pour. Heavy notes of bourbon along with anise, leather, tobacco with a substantial undercurrent of sweetness. The hops are anything but arrogant though they balance things slightly. I also get some chocolate covered banana on the nose. A nice imp stout but it is not as good as the Oaked Yeti or Expedition. Age may improve but won’t change the fundamental characteristics of it. Bottom line- I like more IBUs in my imp stouts.

BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
Black colour with a brown head. I wish people would stop referring to these imperial stouts as looking like oil or motor oil. Motor oil is not black, in fact it is more like copper and only goes black after 5000 miles of use in the car. Please refer to the colour or look of these beers as used motor oil. Rant is now over. The taste is sweet and roasted with light coffee and chocolate notes. Very balanced alcohol throughout the body with a bitter but pleasant palate. Finishes slightly dry and oh it lingers until you sip some more. Worthy of its top 50 placement.

Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
En fût au Brookline Publick House, Brookline, MA. Robe noire mince surmontés d’une mousse beige. Arômes de caramel et de café. Saveurs de café, de caramel et de cerises de marasquin.

Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pours a thick black with no head. You could shine a light on this and not see it come out the other side. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and berries. It actually started smelling like red licorice towards the end. The flavor is a rich mocha with a sweet finish. A very smooth and warming stout.

thornecb (5907) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Spring ’2003 release. Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head clings to the rim. Bitter chocolate and coffee aromas. Smooth and full and rich and creamy and delicious. Long, bitter chocolate finish.

Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
I’m not a huge fan of stout’s, but this is an exception to that rule. Rich, alcoholic and probably the best stout I’ve had.

starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
Fine ecru head dies away quickly. Lovely shiny deep dark colour with hints of chestnut. Lovely thick mouthfeel. Fascinating chocolate toffee aroma, borne out almost perfectly by the taste. Promises & delivers!

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