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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The bourbon smells are amzing I had the 2008 vintage at Winter Storm. I lined up the IRS, BA IRS, and 12th Anniversary bitter chocolate oatmeal stout and could easily smell which was which. All were so distinct in aroma. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak was strong on the BA IRS and I loved it. The taste was what youíd expect. It was chocolate malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak. it was medium bodied and had more carbonation than i thought but it was delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5417) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Draft at Stone Winter Storm 2010, I believe it was 2008 vintage. Viscous dark black, with small tan head. Tons of sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon, milk chocolate, and lightly roasty. This lacks much of the dark fruits that usually go along with aged Stone IRS. Mouth feel is slightly thin, for what I would like with this beer. Excellent desert beer, sweet and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2520) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
Take the amazing IRS thin itís viscous body out a bit and add a good left hook of bouron and subtle oak. The IRS is damn near perfect , so unfortunately while i enjoyed this, I keep thinking how good the original really is. Lots of booze and the chocolate and roast do find their way to the top. I guess Iím just not a bourbon barrel aging kind of guy. Excellent - but you canít improve on (near) perfection!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Sampled on draft at brewvival. Black pour with no head. Lots of abv heat in the finish. Vanilla in the aroma. Chewy body. Really delicious stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draught at Small Bar Fullerton for the Chicago Takeover. Black with a small tan head. Very subtle aroma with figs, bourbon, charred oak, and a little roasted pepper. Very smooth and acidic flavor with chocolate, wood, and tangy dried fruit. Full, sticky, and pretty flat palate. Less bourbon and more fruity than expected. Good, but not my fave of the night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft at Rattle n Hum Stone takeover, Oct 3 2010. Poured opaque deep brown, nearly black, topped with a small khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, licorice, oak, and some alcohol. Bittersweet chocolate hits the palate first, and is nicely complimented by oak, vanilla, bourbon, and some coffee. Alcohol really comes to the forefront towards the finish. Chocolate and bourbon linger on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of an oily texture. Hot, aggressive, and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a very dark brown although not quite as dark as many imperial stouts. Pours with a creamy off white to tanish head. Not too much lacing. Smell is bourbon, oak, caramel, hints of vanilla, strong roast, and a bit of brown sugar. Quite a bit different than the standard IRS. Taste isnít quite as complex and I was let down a bit by the bourbon character that came through after a very promising nose. Feel was fairly full and seems about right; not too much heat. A nice barel-aged stout, but didnít quite live up to my expectations. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 09-28-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 event in Baltimore. jet black, Thin tan head. Lots of roast up front nose, chalky milk chocolate. Way more bourbon in flavor, finish is heavy chocolate, light oxidation in finish. Lots of roast and alcohol finish the experience off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Honestly, I was pretty excited when I saw this in the pamphlet. I thought, "Finally, I get to try it." Pours black with tan head. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak in the aroma. Flavor is good but not quite as great as I hoped. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, kind of sticky mouthfeel with a bit of roast and tar. It is good, just not one of the best bourbon barrel Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Draft Ė Maxís. Black, tan creamy head. Deep bourbon and old oak aromas warm to layers of vanilla and dark roasty malt. Bourbon booze and oak flavors round out with touches of vanilla cocoa and burnt caramel-coffee throughout. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. Itís not GI BCS, but itís in the same realm. Very well doneÖ

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