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RATINGS: 334   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (832) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19321) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3001) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
To celebrate my rating number 11,300 I enter this much sought after top-50 beer. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and bourbon. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of bourbon as well as medium notes of wood, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a dry roasted finish. The alcohol burns in the top of the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. 2007 Vintage. Dark black body with a small brown head. Big bourbon aroma, with some roasted malt and caramel. Vanilla bourbon flavor with rich roasted malt and caramel. Full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 On tap at the bistro a little while back. Poured an obsidian black with a two finger brown head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, chocolate. Flavor had vanilla notes along with the aromas from above. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On tap @ Stone, RBSG. Stark black pour, light tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is surprisingly balanced between bourbon, oak, roast, and alcohol, none of them overpowering. The barrel is more apparent in the taste, but still allows the chocolate and roast, plus some vanilla, to come through. Creamy palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft @ Stone bistro. Pours motor oil black with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Taste of bouron, chocolate, and vanilla. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Was expecting a lot and it met my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
MAN! Talk about an awesome beer! I had this on tap from the world bistro. It was a 2003 bourbon. This beer was super complex with a definite wood flavor. Everyone who loves beer should try this one... maybe even wine drinkers! The palate was just right and was actually a bit lighter than I would have thought. This is a super black beer with a FANTASTIC overall impression.

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