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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
Sampler during Stone Week (April 3) at Finnegan’s, Plainfield. 2008 vintage. Can’t you tell this was what I was drinking at closing time? Black body with a thick ring of foam. Smell of strawberries soaked in bourbon. Dare i say, more heady, impressive and intoxicating than my beloved Bourbon County Stout? Maybe. Alcoholic but not "hot," and with no "burnt" pieces like many stouts. Just some nutty roast malts paired with a fruit and bourbon smell. A great, creamy finish.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (117) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Deep black body. Nearly inky. Small khaki head. Thin collar and a few wisps. Dark chocolate. Fudgy. Bourbon is secondary, but quickly becomes dominant. Sharp oak. Lots of vanilla. Taste is bitter chocolate right up front. Oak amplifies it. Bourbon builds. Slight sweetness, but it’s overpowered by oak and bitter chocolate. Thick. Medium carbonation. A step above other Bourbon stouts. The quality of the base beer truly impresses.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
2015, 500ml bottle enjoyed @ my parents house. Pours very dark brown with a tiny and quick fading brown head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, salty liquorice, wood, vanilla and dark fruits. Flavour is sweet and salty. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation. Finish bourbon, wood and roasted malt.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla, coconut, roasty chocolate. Taste of vanilla, coconut, bourbon, chocolate, roasty. Decent body with a clean finish. Perfectly balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (999) - GREECE - JUN 7, 2015
500ml bottle, from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob! I ’m celebrating my 35th birthday with this one. Black color with small beige brown head. Malty aroma, chocolate, dark dried fruits, plums, some butter, wood, vanilla, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4406) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
500 ml bottle 2015 vintage shared by AdamJax, much hanks buddy! Black with very thin tan head. Aroma is a sweet bold bourbon with chocolate, burnt coffee, with a very light licorice note. The flavor shows the strong bourbon flavor without much alcohol or overly boozy hints. The body is full and thick with a brownie batter chewy character. The over 10% really doesn’t show much at all. Anymore rambling about this stout is pointless, can say anything else that hasn’t already been said. Top tier and I was so happy to have tried this, awesome BBA stout! Thanks to Stone for putting this in a bottle, no matter the cost.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3521) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Small head on the pour and faded fast. Pitch black but not dense. The smells is very sweet….not all that boozy. licorice, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, some spices. Bourbon presence is there, not boozy, just really present. It’s sweet, malty, boozy but yeah some age would be nice but it’s not too intense. Very roasty and a ton of chocolate. Well integrated whiskey. I think it could use some time but it’s a very unique beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (857) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle 2013 vintage "fydors Classic". Appearance is black motor oil with light mocha head. Aroma is huge notes of oak, bourbon soaked graham crackers, vanilla, and roasted malts. Taste is rich vanilla, chocolate, oak, roasted malts, extremely well integrated. This is world class, lots of barrel, lots of base beer, and man is it ever smooth drinking. Wow.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (2172) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
May 23, 2015. #2100. Bottle at home as Fyodor’s Classic batch #3 2014 release, 13,9%. Received in a trade with rlgk, thanks Ronny!
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, light burnt sugar. Taste is sweet toffee, vanilla, bourbon, warming alcohol, bitter dark chocolate. Finish is warming alcohol, bourbon, toffee and lasting roasted bitterness. Medium to full bodied, creamy and a bit oily texture, soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1149) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 19, 2015
500ml bottle 2014 vintage (b2) pours dark oily black brown with 2 finger mocha head. Nose is dusty vanilla bourbon spice, licorice and dark fruit, cocoa. Taste is medium bodied, a little lighter bodied than expected, dusty cocoa, baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon spice, moderate sweetness, a bit boozy. Finishes with boozy bittersweet chocolate, cocoa dust, vanilla, whiskey spice, licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2015
Dark brown with a light chocolate head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, molasses, raisins, dates, fig. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet and reasonably well balanced on the palate with a warming finish. Taste is sweet bourbon, molasses, raisins, dates, fig, subtle hint of anise.


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