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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2236) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
Adrian tells me this is a rare, top 100 beer, so I’m glad we got a chance to try some! On tap at the 2010 Rattle’n’Hum 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2427) - 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 beer’s flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (6382) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1850) - 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 tarheels86’s review for longer beernerd analysis.

4.6
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9364) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (655) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is Black with no head. Aroma is full of chocolate and Bourbon with alcohol. Flavor is a beautiful blend of roasted chocmalts and a nice age in Bourbon barrels.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. More balanced than the stone 12th anniversary bourbon barrel. Loads of smoky vanilla bourbon... Legendary. One of the top bourbon stouts there is.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. This beer looks amazing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts prevail. The appearance id black with a medium brown head. The taste is very complex with roasted malt, coffee, toffee, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, all coming through at different times. The palate is heavy bodied and thick and sticky with soft carbonation and a very long finish. Overall this is one of the best beers I have had in a while. VERY WELL DONE

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Draft at Twisted Spoke during Stone Week. Pours a darker milk chocolate color/consistency seemingly with a dense mocha head made of larger bubbles. Aroma is quite nice, lovely bourbon and dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy. Flavor follows but a bit too one-noteish for me, sweet vanilla and chocolate syrup with ample bourbon, marshmallowy, reminds me of the Big Sky Ivan the Terrible. A bit too milky creamy for me, larger soft carbonation, sticky.


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