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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Just one wooden barrel of this beer was produced. The beer is Stone Imperial Russian Stout, and it was aged for about a year in a used bourbon barrel. From that wooden cask, we were only able to keg up very little. Expect to see the next appearance of this at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens after it opens early this summer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5590) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Stone irs bb way more harmonious after sampling the bourbon 12th. Notes of bourbon but way less some base beer a little age smooths everything out. Smoother more velvetty drinks nicely. Some roast in finish.dark black pour, brown bu bbly head. Really nice use of barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Not too heavy for a stout and very enjoyable. Has a great nose of coffee and chocolate. Has a flavor of dried fruit, and somewhat of a spicey tone to it. Nice alcohol content of 10%. Gets you to where you need to be.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8925) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle from mreusch. THANKS!! Pours a black with a thin head. Aroma is full of rich bourbon, chocolate, molasses and woody notes. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon and prunes. Damn this is smooth and is drinking great right now. Delicous.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Too much of the booze and bourbon came out in this beer. I had it next to the 12th anniversary beer and found it to be much more boozy and out of balance.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Back in Black Stout Fest for SBW. Pours black with a decent tan head. Huge aroma of bourbon, oatmeal, roasty malts, and caramel. Taste is the same, slightly buttery. Very smooth, with warming alcohol and a nice roasty oatmeal/chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Hand bottle in a trade, consumed immediately. Black with a thin lacing. Soy, maple, bourbon, chocolate with a bitter hop roast y ness about it. 3.9 overall, but less for its style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Shared by Rciesla. Not sure what all the fuss is about this one, as i didn’t think this was anything special. I found the finish on this one to be harsh. Tastes like Stone RIS with a hint of bourbon and vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Hand-bottle. Bourbon, oak and chocolate aroma. Full body, no carbonation. Sweet bourbon, molasses and chocolate taste. I’m not sure what to say here. It’s very nice but not the incredible beer I was expecting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Thanks Brad for sending this one my way! Poured a dark black color with a thin sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, woody, chocolate, some dark fruits, and I was getting a light smokiness. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood (but lighter than in the aromas), dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. The bourbon is there but not over powering. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Draft at Back in Black ’09 at Brouwer’s. Pours a very dark black with dark tan head. Incredible aroma that is dominated by rich caramel and bourbon. The only negative is that this is a bit sweet and rich, but the molasses flavor was balanced incredibly well with the strong bourbon background and a touch of the hops. This is an incredibly smooth beer that goes down far easier than the 10.8% would indicate. An amazing beer. Doesn’t get much better than this.


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