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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ddemmingjr (783) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 On tap at cleveland beer week.light bourbon on the nose.chocolate stout but really smooth.this is an epic beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4532) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Appearance: Black, viscous-looking, leg-producing body with a quietly receding, dark brown head. Smell: Big, beautiful bourbon presence on the nose marrying well with the robust dark roasted malts notes. Itís altogether inviting. Taste: From start to finish, itís a sweet, earthy roastiness stirred up with slowly melted barkerís chocolate chunks, vanilla beans, burnt caramel sauce, dark brown sugar, oak wood (with some tannins breaking through), dark fruits, chilled coffee, shaved coconut and a fair share of burgeoning alcohol warmth. Itís all quite bold, but it still maintains a quiet, easy-going mellowness. Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very nice. Look, I love Stone Russian Imperial Stone, but the deliciousness of the bourbon barrel version has been the highpoint of my beer drinking in the last several months. Oh, if only all the barrel-aged stouts could turn out this well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Tap at Small Bar Chicago. I have been wanting this beer for a long time and it didnít disappoint. Pours dark brown with a tan head, I actually had to get two glasses of this. Great blend of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla. It was awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasty malty and bourbony aroma with some dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. The flavor has a solid balance of bourbon and roast, some woody/oaky notes, a hint of smoke, and dark chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2229) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
Adrian tells me this is a rare, top 100 beer, so Iím glad we got a chance to try some! On tap at the 2010 RattleíníHum Stone event. This was from the 2008 release, and apparently only one barrel has been brewed up so far. I can understand why it is so highly regarded. There is a great aroma on this one. It has lots of bourbon flavor, and an unusual, minty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
# 1800. On draft at R & H. Pours a pitch black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, light vanilla, chocolate and malt. Taste is much the same as the aroma. The bourbon covers up some of this beerís flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (6308) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Draft at rattle n hum during Stone event with Andrew any big Tony. Pours a pitch black body with absolutely no head or lacing. Aroma is delicious chocolate, vanilla, oak, and Bourbon. Mouthfeel is full to medium, syrupy texture with great notes of Bourbon, oak, and sweet vanilla in the flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Draft at the Stone tasting at Alewife. Pours pitch black with a frothy tan head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, bourbon. See tarheels86ís review for longer beernerd analysis.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2010
2008. Very prominent bourbon aroma and flavor but the underlying beer is big enough to stand up to it. Chocolate-y, but still not syrupy, the extra time gave this beer a seamless-ness that is just superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9359) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured near ink black with ruby highlights. Tan bubbles cling onto the sides of the glass but no head forms. Aroma is beautiful buttery bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, rich smokiness. Taste is a giant smack in the face of unsweetened, bitter chocolate, smoked malt, hot bourbon moving very quickly to silky chocolate, coconut, vanilla ice cream. Palate goes from soft to chalky and bitter cacao powder. About six seconds after tasting this I knew exactly why it is in the ratebeer Top 20. Everything is there: the aroma, the body, the palate. It is like Bourbon Country Stout with a little less richness and less of a superlative palate.

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