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RATINGS: 420   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (73) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 2014 vintage Stone RIS aged in bourbon barrels . Opaque and black as a moonless midnight. Light brown hues along the edges of the glass and even after an aggressive pour only a couple bubbles rise to the surface. No lacing. Heavy bittersweet chocolate dominate the aroma with bourbon also detectable. Ridiculous flavors of baker?s chocolate, vanilla, possibly some oak, and whiskey tantalize the palate. Medium bodied, though close to full, brew with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and perfect sweetness balancing the bitterness. Wonderfully crafted bourbon barrel aged russian imperial stout by Stone that will satisfy those with a desire for well hidden big bold alcoholic stouts and those with a sweet tooth. Well done! Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2674) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2015
Dark thick black pour from a corked 500ml bottle. Tan head. Big bourbon and malt nose. Hot bourbon goodness. Intense bourbon and roasted malt, still good hop character and some bitter coffee notes in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle at Beermonger’s Event. Under Fyodor’s Classic. A: Pure black, thin ring of mocha head with swirls on top of the stout, and legs. N: Huge black licorice. Dominating, really. Big coffee, raisin, currant, cocoa, and roast as the semi-majority shareholders. Bourbon is less pronounced, though it lends a touch of coconut, vanilla, and caramel. Oak is less noticeable, however. T: Very sweet, slightly bitter, not cloying. M: Oily, heavy body. Foaming, tickling carbonation. Hidden alcohol. O: An impressive dark fruit rendition of the IRS. 4 oz is a meal in and of itself, though I have to admit, this goes down fairly smoothly. If the anise flavors weren’t so far out of control, I’d mark it up much higher, but as it is, I don’t think it quite competes with the upper tier of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle at Stone @ SAN. 2015 series, batch 01 brewed June 2, 2014. 7 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, bottled March 2015. Pitch black. Silky aroma of bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate, raisin, and currant. Taste is sweet and a blast of bitterness. Palate is all that is good in this world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4378) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured dark brown with reddish edges, tan head. Aroma was strong vanilla and bourbon. Taste was sweet vanilla, malts, and alcohol bourbon burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1243) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2015
'13 vintage bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is sweet, sweet bourbon, so nice of a nose. The taste is bold and smooth at the same time. An underrated bb stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1325) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of coconut, dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, espresso, some licorice. Taste is espresso, coconut, vanilla, fudge, caramel, dark chocolate, some bitter notes, light heat, roast, dry woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2015
February 2014 bottle. Black mild tan foam. Aroma is marshmallow, mild oak, bourbon, sweetness. Taste is sweetness up front, chocolate, prunes, bourbon, mild vanilla, dry finish. You can see the base beer coming through here. Full palate without being chewy, strong carbonation. Probably pound for pound the most solid bourbon barrel aged stout I’ve had. Lacks a wow factor nor is it extremely memorable but it very drinkable and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap, thick black pour with dark tan head, aroma is bursting with dark fruit, brownie, coffee into a bit of dark chocolate, some roasted malt into a bit of bourbon, oak in there with a touch of vanilla. Taste was a mix of bourbon, slight espresso into some vanilla, touch of chocolate into some dark fruit, slight anise as well, some oaky, vanilla tones, finishing sweet, bourbon forward. Nice addition to a great base.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (405) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours black and oily..thin Mocha head. Aromas of char, oak and bourbon. Nice mouthfeel...creamy...but hot! Roasted notes calm the bourbon and oak. Nice hop bitterness. ..finishes sticky with a clinging sweetness and big vanilla oak. Tasty.

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