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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Sample at Stone 14th. Rating# 162. ’08,Dark black with a light tan head. Wonderful aroma, vanilla, sweet roast, some wood. Nice bourbon flavor, big flavor actually, sweet vanilla and just fantastic. (1358)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at the anniv party! Black as night tan head..aroma is bourbon, vanilla and a little brown sugar..flavor matches the aroma...finally got to try this..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Growler. Finally, this had to be a top want since I heard of its existence. Love the regular version so much that this just couldn’t be bad. It certainly did not disappoint. Aroma is so sweet, elegant, light vanilla and bourbon. So smooth right away. The flavor is awesome. Rich and smooth with some wood and light bourbon that has become sweet and mellow with hints of vanilla and silky chocolate. Finishes clean with no lingering off flavors at all. Lovely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2010
finally getting to my notes from charleston brewvival 2010. ratings based on a number of 5oz samples, the first drank side-by-side with greg koch. pours a massively thick, jet black with a huge, creamy dark beige head leaving sticky lace. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of fine bourbon, wood, vanilla, and oak with sweet cocoa, light earthy hops, and a touch of coffee. flavor is out of this world good with massive notes bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, and burnt malts with a nice balance of dark fruits, roast coffee, herbal hops, and toffee malts. palate is smooth, thick, sticky, and well carbonated with a lingering woody, chocolatey, bourbon finish. overall, one of the most aggressive bourbon barrel aged impy’s i’ve tasted. damn near perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Samples poured by user Vacax at Bruery 2nd Anniversary via growler.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with small suds. This came from a growler, and I was told the first few glasses poured had a wonderful head.

Aroma: Smokey malts,huge bourbon vanilla caramel notes.

Taste: Sweet bourbon, toast, caramel and roast.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and quite syrupy.

Overall: Very decadent, very sweet, and seemed much thicker than traditional IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
A: A jet black pour out of the growler with a sturdy tan head on top. S: The amount of vanilla in the nose is absolutely astounding. The stout notes are still there--chocolate and roast, but the bourbon itself was somewhat muted. T: Even more vanilla as the beer hits the tongue. Quite sweet, especially when compared to the base beer. A mild bourbon presence and some nice tannins from the barrel. M: Quite medium to full bodied with a low, rolling carbonation. Not quite as thick and chewy as the IRS tends to be, but quite nice. D: This one can catch up with you rather quickly. A pleasure to have been able to drink and I wish that there weren’t so many beers to try so I could have enjoyed this one a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
2008 version at the Stone Domination by Aces and Ales. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick brown head and some lacing. Aroma is mostly bourbon with a little oak and coffee. The flavour was two totally different world s for me. It started with straight bourbon, vanilla and charred wood. Then it settled into some coffee, thicker roasted malt and spicy hops. Pretty good and if you like bourbon, this is for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (5267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Draft @ EBF. Dark pour with scant brown head. This is one of the better bourbon aged high gravity stouts, yet I prefer the normal stone RIS, especially in larger quantities. Huge bourbon kick to flavor and some slight woody notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2010
06 RIS growler from Maltzilla at RBWG, pours thick black, tall dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon with roasted malt notes. Flavor is bitter chocolate, booze, and lots of wood. Not bad.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2010
Sampled the 2008 vintage at the "Stoned for Six Days" event in Houston, TX. Smells of sticky sweet raisin and coffee, leaving the suggestion of oils in the nostril. Tastes dark, thick and oily, though much softer and rounded in flavor than the non-bourbon aged ’08 IRS vintage. Hints of hops on the finish and a long lingering aftertaste of malt and bourbon make this a delight. Awesome.

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