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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Growler sampled at BPS tasting.
A perfectly balanced BA stout that retains tons of stout flavors while adding strong bourbon notes in the background. Semi dry roasted with a smooth bourbon finish. It does have a strong alcohol burn that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is mostly flat, but is full bodied with a silky and thick texture. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
12 oz. @ Brouwerís. I like my bourbon barrels boozy and this one doesnít disappoint. If anything, it tastes too much like bourbon. But itís not a dealbreaker. Everything I could want from an imperial stout and only better with age (2008 vintage).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: APR 22, 2011 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. I was excited to see this one show up. The regular IRS from Stone isnít my favorite imperial stout, but I was really curious to try this version. Turns out the regular one is seriously improved with the barrel treatment, as big vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes pop in the aroma and flavor, and the nice chocolate and coffee roasted malts, molasses, earth, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes all come through in harmony. Full-bodied, with a sweet, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. Donít listen to lushawn- he sucks- because this is awesome. RE-RATE, 4/21/11: What do you know? I was right, Shawn was wrong. No rating change for me. Sampled again at the Stone Total Tap Takeover at iTap-Soulard for the MO release of Stone. Bourbon-barrel imperial stouts donít get much better than this in flavor and on the palate. Truly an amazing example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
FOBAB-2010. 2008. big sweet, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. pretty straight forward. body held up well to barrel. nice light roast with a kick of tar. good balance. not terribly exciting or unique, but a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 On tap at cleveland beer week.light bourbon on the nose.chocolate stout but really smooth.this is an epic beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Appearance: Black, viscous-looking, leg-producing body with a quietly receding, dark brown head. Smell: Big, beautiful bourbon presence on the nose marrying well with the robust dark roasted malts notes. Itís altogether inviting. Taste: From start to finish, itís a sweet, earthy roastiness stirred up with slowly melted barkerís chocolate chunks, vanilla beans, burnt caramel sauce, dark brown sugar, oak wood (with some tannins breaking through), dark fruits, chilled coffee, shaved coconut and a fair share of burgeoning alcohol warmth. Itís all quite bold, but it still maintains a quiet, easy-going mellowness. Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very nice. Look, I love Stone Russian Imperial Stone, but the deliciousness of the bourbon barrel version has been the highpoint of my beer drinking in the last several months. Oh, if only all the barrel-aged stouts could turn out this well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Tap at Small Bar Chicago. I have been wanting this beer for a long time and it didnít disappoint. Pours dark brown with a tan head, I actually had to get two glasses of this. Great blend of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla. It was awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8284) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasty malty and bourbony aroma with some dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. The flavor has a solid balance of bourbon and roast, some woody/oaky notes, a hint of smoke, and dark chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2481) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
Adrian tells me this is a rare, top 100 beer, so Iím glad we got a chance to try some! On tap at the 2010 RattleíníHum Stone event. This was from the 2008 release, and apparently only one barrel has been brewed up so far. I can understand why it is so highly regarded. There is a great aroma on this one. It has lots of bourbon flavor, and an unusual, minty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
# 1800. On draft at R & H. Pours a pitch black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, light vanilla, chocolate and malt. Taste is much the same as the aroma. The bourbon covers up some of this beerís flavors.

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