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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJMBeer (42) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2016
One of Stone’s best beers, always a treat. It trails what I consider to be world class BBA stouts (like Parabola and Bourbon County) but still a very delicious beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1103) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Fyodor’s classic bottle. A bit disappointing, Think, lacking in the chocolate and roast of normal IRS. A bit better when it warmed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (15070) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2016
2013. Trade with Amkang. Thanks Albert. Pours black with a small off beige head. Kentucky Wood, Vanilla, roast, coffee , Tobacco and slight oxidation. Slick, mega soft and chewy body. Stunning..

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrnoluv (273) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
That sweet bourbon, cocoa, malty smell is incredible! Truly one of the best smelling beers ever! I had the 2014 13% ABV version and I have to say it is incredible. Light brown head, dark as hell color, the sweet malty taste, with that incredible good burn on the swallow. This is a big boy stout though, that 13% will kick you in the ass. If you like hardcore, heavy stouts, grab two of these, one to enjoy now and one to cellar.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (531) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with dark brown head that fades quickly. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee, slight bourbon. Taste is moderate bitterness with a nice sweet malt backbone. Well balanced and complex. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, maple syrup. Excellent imperial stout. Definitely one of best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
connor0415 (65) - - NOV 5, 2015
The base beer is my favorite RIS so I may be a bit biased but this is a pretty awesome beer. The bourbon barrel notes are extremely balanced and add to the wonderful complexity that is stone’s RIS. Pours pitch black with a beige head that disipates quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles clinging to the edges of the snifter. The smell is filled with vanilla, coconut, sweet cherries, and an oak bourbon flavor. The flavor has some cocoa, vanilla, anise and bourbon. There’s a good balance of sweetness from the barrels and bitterness from the base beer. The beer is very thick with a slight boozy sting on the tongue. The only thing I could hope for is version with espresso or chocolate to pump up those flavors because they didn’t seem very pronounced in the beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1814) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle pour at the source. Pour it Black. Nearly black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak. Flavor is dark chocolate, over extracted coffee, a hint of coconut, bourbon, oak. Very tasty and smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2277) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2015
500 ml bottle (as Fydor’s Classic, 2014) from IP trade with richiesd, thanks! Pitch black color. Big brown head, quickly disappearing. Aroma’s: bourbon, red fruit, chocolate, roast, wood. Retronasal it’s sweet, bourbon, chocolate, wood, alcohol, vanilla, light red fruit. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, chocolate. Strong alcohol feel. Medium to full body. Long finish with chocolate, light roast, moderate bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5465) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with minimal retention or lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt, black chocolate with some strong vanilla and bourbon notes with some woody notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by strong bourbon notes and vanilla which mix in well with the black chocolate and light roasted malt notes. Woody notes and residual sugar notes re also perceptible. Body is full with nice creamy texture with low carbonation and some warming alcohol is present. World-class barrel-aged stout!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
furthur (656) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle, on my birthday. Black and thick, pecan colored head fades to a skiff. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cookies, plums and cherries, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate. Taste is vanilla, cookies, brown sugar, chocolate, toasted barley, cream, coffee, burnt sugar. Palate is rich and smooth, carbonation subdued. Finish is not quite dry, with a hint of salt. This is sublime, balanced, touch of sweet, almost dry.


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