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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1713) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Thanks Diego! Pours black, thin brown head. Nose is bourbon, molasses, roast, hints of coffee and smoke. Flavor is bourbon forward, roasted malts, molasses, mild smoke, chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1323) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
This is a beer I have been after for awhile. Thanks to Diego for the share. A: Pours dark black with a tight mocha head. Nice retention and lace noted. S: Wonderful roasty aromas. Dark fruit and nice bourbon barrel notes. T: Nice roasted malt. Light dark fruit and molasses. Big chocolate with mild coffee. Nice barrel notes. More oak than bourbon and vanilla, though they are there. M: Rather full in body, nicely carbonated. D: Good really happy to have had the chance to try this one.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2010
Growler 100 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque black with a beige head. Pleasant, subdued bourbon aroma. Quite full-bodied lots of dark chocolate and vanilla - and brown Malaco allsorts. The finish is bitter, not only from the hard roasted malts - there’s evidently loads of hops in there. Warming alcohol. A lovely barrel aged Imperial Stout, but not really any better than many similar brands. 260210

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4024) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Draft at Brewvival: Raucous bourbon nose. Black, thin brown head. Flavor is of bourbon and dark roasted malt. Nice texture. Another example of bourbon barrel aging ruining a good beer. Still, it was moderaely enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
2oz tasting at EBF
Appearance : Pitch black
Aroma : Bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and lots of hops. Oily and resinous
Taste : Hops, vanilla, roasted malts. Finish is bourbon, hops and roasted malt.
Overall : Nice roasty profile. Not as good as the KBS tasted right before.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13725) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2010
Handbottle. Thanks to yespr for bringing it to Denmark and fonefan for bringing it to Sønderborg. Good vanilla aroma, smells rather sweet. Almost black colour. Very small light brown head. The flavour is powerful, starts off with a rough alcohol note. Then there is a good sweet vanilla note. Ends with a little smoke and a good barley bitterness. Quite heavy, nyt very good. 948318

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
Growler at ØLbutikken - Thanks Yespr. Pitch black - brown head. Coconut, high coconut aroma, sweetness, bourbon, wooden, oakey, chocolate, nice hoppy, high wooden, raisins, caramel, berries, red berries, light lactose, resin, grassy, high roasted, burned notes. Alco-burning-finish. Lovely.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2193) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Draft tasting @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. 2008 Vintage. pours a thick heavy black with 1/4" tan head... big solid Bourbon notes flow through the nose... medium body with vanilla notes, sweet roasted malts and more Bourbon. excellent finish with the barrel really showing its personality... excellent! So glad I got to try this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Brewvival. Vintage 2008. This is the perfect use of a barrel. Silky, velvety, and vibrant. Dark pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roast, bourbon, and oaky tannins. Flavor is espresso, roast, bourbon, vanilla and oaky tannins. Dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pouring at session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a viscous black with a thin tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, candy, chocolate. Smoky roast, more bourbon. Big roast and some sweetness before a big roast bitterness on the finish with more subtle cocoa.


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