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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
Tasted from a growler generously donated by Yespr - Thanks a lot! Pours pitch black with a small espresso coloured head that disappears quickly. The colours are extremely good looking and I’m sure the appearance would’ve gotten a perfect score from me, if the beer had been served directly from the tap. The aroma bursts with sweet french roast coffee and heavy bourbon notes. On the palate the beer is extremely creamy and soft with sweetness both from the residual sugars and the alcohol. Again the bourbon is very present - it seems that the bourbon cask hasn’t been emptied completely before the beer was put in. So this is a beer that is sure to divide people. For those who doesn’t like beers with noticeable alcohol and/or simply don’t like bourbon, this is probably the worst beer in the world. Fortunately I love bourbon :-)

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
From growler at Ølbutikken, thanks to yespr for sharing. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of liquorice, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of liquorice, vanilla, oak and bourbon with notes of alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10458) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2010
Growler graciously shared by Yespr. Thx. a million. Pitch black coloured. Brown dense head. Vanilla, liqourice, light roast, sweetness and some chocolate, alcohol and bourbon. Flavour of bourbon, vanilla, roast,sweetness, light herbs and a distinct touch of chocolate. Very smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied. Dry spicy and roasty mild vanilla bitterness in the end. Mmmmmmm. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15249) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
Growler, courtesy of Yespr
Black color; creamy head. The bourbon aroma is lovely, with chocolate, crispy cookies, light alcohol. Chocolate and vanilla cookie flavor, strong body, silky, with tones of roasted malt, and in the final pungent alcohol. Long final. Powerful, but also excellent.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 27, 2010
Sample from growler, thanks bi tme to Yespr for bringing this from the US. Pitch black colour, small dark brown creamish head. Very plesan roasted malt coffee and chocolate in the aroma with alcohol/bourbon. Good mouthfeel indeed.The flavour is sweet with lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon´and wood, Long lasting sweet finish of roasted malt, bouron/ alcohol, chocolate d wood. Yum indeed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13788) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13779) - 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.

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