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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Poured black with a tan head. The aroma was real nice with a smooth mix of big vanilla, roasted malt, wood, and bourbon. Actually the flavor gets the same description. Medium bodied and smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clueo (148) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
What a great looking beer which is a pleasure to watch settle. The taste of the wood and bourbon is a treat for people who like the flavor that a quality wooden barrel can add to beer. What a smooth finish. A great stout!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
First beer sampled at PP SAF. Lots of wood and bouron. Nice coffee notes as well. Flavor was more bourbon with a finish of wood and alcohol. Chocolate notes were easy to pick up as well. Very Very Delicious. Favorite of the night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Sampled at the second annual Bistro’s West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Fest: Pours an oily opaque with a thin ring of wispy dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with nice oaky bourbon complexity. Starts fairly sweet and caramely malty with some sticky dark chocolate and drier smoky notes toward an earthy, oaky bittersweet finish. A well-balanced and fairly complex brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival ’07. My sampling of this beer was precluded by Oak Aged Yeti, how insane is that? Labeled on the tap list as Oaked Imperial Russian Stout. First impression of this beer = DAMN! Pours extremely viscous pitch black with some reddish lace, very sticky; it even left legs on the sides of my glass. Sugary bourbon, oak and vanilla extract notes in the aroma, with coffee and toasted marshmallow. Extremely smooth flavor that slips from one flavor to the next at each sip. Rich dark chocolate cake, whiskey, more coffee and burnt wood. Very warm and smooth finish, you can still taste this stuff literally 5 minutes after each sip. Highly impressive! I was stoked to try this as my second beer of the day...considering I was wrecked 2 hours later. Probably the best brew of the Festival right here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap at the PP SA Fest. Dark black, viscous pour with a thick layer of creamy tan head. A huge toffee malt aroma jumps up from the glass right away, soaked in a bunch of mid-malt caramels and subtle bourbon character. Loads of vanilla, thick chocolate fudge, and a touch of that doughy, pretzely barrel character. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, but well weighted, being neither too sticky or heavy. Some brown sugar sweetness starts out the flavors, followed by a parade of toffee, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak - it keeps on going forever, building in roast intensity long into the finish. It never gets overly roasty, but develops a great dark chocolate flavor on the back end. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness and warming alcohol in the final smack. Smooth, complex, cohesive. It’s wonderfully complex, brimming with balanced, malt, hop, and barrel characters across the flavor spectrum. Excellent execution.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Tap at SAF ’07. Holy crap! When lookin at the line-up, this is the one that jumped out at me right from the start - I made sure to sample this one first. Everything was child’s play after this. Damn!!! Ratings are very accurate... A choco-bourbon bomb (in a good way) - leaning towards the sweeter side with big hints of vanilla. Elegant and smooth on the palate, lingering finish. The bourbon was a great element to an already great beer. I’m a sucker for these. Top notch!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at the Strong Ale Festival.. My first of the night. Pours black wtih a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolatly bourbon with some sweetness. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate and somewhat boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. (Oaked IRS). Pours black with a light brown ring head. Nose is damn nice, big huge, everything you want in an Impy stout nose. Taste is sweet, viscous and full of chocolate and smoky roasty goodness. Really pretty damn good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Shared with too many ratebeerians to list (see event attendies)Wow. Incredible aroma. I loved smelling this. I shared the smell with everyone who hadn’t got to it yet. My favorite of the festival (and of all time). I think I should change my rating to 5.0. Hmmmm. Some hints of oxidation in a most pleasant way. Los of chocolate in the aroma, but no unpleasant roastiness. Creamy thick microbubble awesome dark tan head. Pitch black liquid is thick. Sweet and incredible rich malty dark fruit complex flavor. I love Stone RIS. I really love aged Stone RIS, and I really, really love Barrel Aged Stone RIS. Nothing’s perfect, but this deserved a 5. Tried again on tap today at Stone. Picked up a growler as well. Awesome! Same rating.

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