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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s "Back in Black" stout night 09. Pours completely black, with a smallish mocha brown head. Holy crap this one has lots of sweet, velvety bourbon in it. It actually takes the Goose Island BCS to the next level. The nose is a ton of boozy bourbon, sweet oak, lots of brown sugar... the burn offsets the crazy sweetness - this one is truly intoxicating. Unbelievably powerful oaky, bourbon flavor. Not as full-bodied as I expected, but plenty thick. Definitely a bit hot, but then again it is 11%. Great stuff, just a tad too sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2009
On tap at Sunset Grill. Pour Black with a small light brown ring. Aromas of bourbon and dark fruits. The bourbon really dominates leading to a bitter burnt coffee finish. What a treat. Thanks stone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Draft at Sunset Grill. Poured an opaque black color with a light brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, whiskey, and raisin. Medium to full bodied and sweet with vanilla, caramel, and bourbon flavors. Mild roasty bitterness emerged at the end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On tap at Sunset Grill over the Craft Brewers Conference. This one had just huge bourbon notes in the nose and flavor, blending nicely with the chocolate-y notes that you get from the original RIS. It’s really too bad they don’t make this more often. :(

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Nice brew, nicely mixed bourbon and chocolate aroma. Bourbon hits tongue quickly and leaves chocolate taste with hints of coffee. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ramenen (464) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - FEB 26, 2009
Super Thanks to ghawener. Drank it at El Flor for New Year. Wow!! It is liquid heaven!! Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Medium bodied. Taste of coffee, sweet and balanced with hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (825) - EL SALVADOR - JAN 10, 2009
gracias a haweber fue la birria que salvo la noche porque nos habiamos tenido que tomar unas oscuras que estaban medio raras

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2008
Bottled, thanks Marsbiblursi! Very viscous dark black, no head. Rich aroma of vanilla and wood flakes. Sweet and thick, viscous and oily. Mildly warming with some licorice and coffee. While the bourbon in itslef is not very obvious I do get quite a lot of wood and vanilla. Alcohol warms in a really bitter finish. Intense, yet not aggressive - abit on the syrupy/oily side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
[Handbottle] from tytoanderso. Pours deep block with a small tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is very smooth with a medium mouthfeel, alcohol, bourbon, oak, rich dark chocolate, and cocoa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2008
(Bottle, thanks to wetherel) Pours dark brown to black with a brown head and an oily surface. The aroma is a fantastic mix of robust, dark caramel, buttery fudge and creamy chocolate-like malt alongside soft notes of fresh oak wood and vanilla. Undertones of dark fruits and dark berries such as raisins, prunes, ripe sweet cherries and chocolate dipped figs. A nice alcohol warmth is carrying everything in the nose beautiful. Just a whisper of molasses, soy and smoke. The flavour is perfect roasted with dark creamy chocolate and coffee. The finish is peppery from the alcohol and bourbon. Undertones of dark fruits, molasses, fresh wood, vanilla, caramel and touch of stone. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and oily with a light tannin-like finish. Medium sweet and a bit bitter. Medium to full bodied.


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