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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pouring at session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a viscous black with a thin tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, candy, chocolate. Smoky roast, more bourbon. Big roast and some sweetness before a big roast bitterness on the finish with more subtle cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2010
Growler graciously shared by Yespr. Thx. a million. Pitch black coloured. Brown dense head. Vanilla, liqourice, light roast, sweetness and some chocolate, alcohol and bourbon. Flavour of bourbon, vanilla, roast,sweetness, light herbs and a distinct touch of chocolate. Very smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied. Dry spicy and roasty mild vanilla bitterness in the end. Mmmmmmm. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 27, 2010
Sample from growler, thanks bi tme to Yespr for bringing this from the US. Pitch black colour, small dark brown creamish head. Very plesan roasted malt coffee and chocolate in the aroma with alcohol/bourbon. Good mouthfeel indeed.The flavour is sweet with lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon´and wood, Long lasting sweet finish of roasted malt, bouron/ alcohol, chocolate d wood. Yum indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
Tasted from a growler generously donated by Yespr - Thanks a lot! Pours pitch black with a small espresso coloured head that disappears quickly. The colours are extremely good looking and I’m sure the appearance would’ve gotten a perfect score from me, if the beer had been served directly from the tap. The aroma bursts with sweet french roast coffee and heavy bourbon notes. On the palate the beer is extremely creamy and soft with sweetness both from the residual sugars and the alcohol. Again the bourbon is very present - it seems that the bourbon cask hasn’t been emptied completely before the beer was put in. So this is a beer that is sure to divide people. For those who doesn’t like beers with noticeable alcohol and/or simply don’t like bourbon, this is probably the worst beer in the world. Fortunately I love bourbon :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (22268) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
From growler at Ølbutikken, thanks to yespr for sharing. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of liquorice, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of liquorice, vanilla, oak and bourbon with notes of alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
Growler, courtesy of Yespr
Black color; creamy head. The bourbon aroma is lovely, with chocolate, crispy cookies, light alcohol. Chocolate and vanilla cookie flavor, strong body, silky, with tones of roasted malt, and in the final pungent alcohol. Long final. Powerful, but also excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
Thanks yespr. Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Flavour had plenty of burned malt, hops, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood and espresso. Finished sweet. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Wow. Oily black pour with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, some light oxidation, big chocolate and vanilla bean base beer comes through really well. Flavor is massive, really well barreled, bravo stone. Sweet bourbon and woodiness enhances the already stunning stone IRS. Sweet hints of oxidation are welcomed, this is drinking incredible right now and Im very grateful to have got some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010
A Sim rate (tap at Lord Hobo): Aroma of beer woodiness. It’s sweet maple with vanilla. Sweet but woody. Rich and alcoholic. Damn, that’s bourbon if I’ve ever tasted it. Maple syrup. Pecans. it’s salty with some serious cacoa. Barca style. Bitter but maple. Syrup & salt. Wow, it’s good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2010
old rating....what a treat this was. The conventional Stone RIS is outstanding on its own.....when thrown in the barrel, well it just get that much better. Thanks to by buddy Aaron for making this tasting possible. The richness and depth is remarkable........would be my favorite sipper if readily available. This is an outstanding brew!

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