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RATINGS: 426   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 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 didn’t 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 (8030) - 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 (2444) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
Adrian tells me this is a rare, top 100 beer, so I’m glad we got a chance to try some! On tap at the 2010 Rattle’n’Hum 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 beer’s flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Draft at rattle n hum during Stone event with Andrew any big Tony. Pours a pitch black body with absolutely no head or lacing. Aroma is delicious chocolate, vanilla, oak, and Bourbon. Mouthfeel is full to medium, syrupy texture with great notes of Bourbon, oak, and sweet vanilla in the flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Draft at the Stone tasting at Alewife. Pours pitch black with a frothy tan head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, bourbon. See tarheels86’s review for longer beernerd analysis.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2010
2008. Very prominent bourbon aroma and flavor but the underlying beer is big enough to stand up to it. Chocolate-y, but still not syrupy, the extra time gave this beer a seamless-ness that is just superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured near ink black with ruby highlights. Tan bubbles cling onto the sides of the glass but no head forms. Aroma is beautiful buttery bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, rich smokiness. Taste is a giant smack in the face of unsweetened, bitter chocolate, smoked malt, hot bourbon moving very quickly to silky chocolate, coconut, vanilla ice cream. Palate goes from soft to chalky and bitter cacao powder. About six seconds after tasting this I knew exactly why it is in the ratebeer Top 20. Everything is there: the aroma, the body, the palate. It is like Bourbon Country Stout with a little less richness and less of a superlative palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is Black with no head. Aroma is full of chocolate and Bourbon with alcohol. Flavor is a beautiful blend of roasted chocmalts and a nice age in Bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. More balanced than the stone 12th anniversary bourbon barrel. Loads of smoky vanilla bourbon... Legendary. One of the top bourbon stouts there is.

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