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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 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
GT2 (9411) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. This beer looks amazing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts prevail. The appearance id black with a medium brown head. The taste is very complex with roasted malt, coffee, toffee, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, all coming through at different times. The palate is heavy bodied and thick and sticky with soft carbonation and a very long finish. Overall this is one of the best beers I have had in a while. VERY WELL DONE

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Draft at Twisted Spoke during Stone Week. Pours a darker milk chocolate color/consistency seemingly with a dense mocha head made of larger bubbles. Aroma is quite nice, lovely bourbon and dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy. Flavor follows but a bit too one-noteish for me, sweet vanilla and chocolate syrup with ample bourbon, marshmallowy, reminds me of the Big Sky Ivan the Terrible. A bit too milky creamy for me, larger soft carbonation, sticky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1179) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On draft at Stone 14th Anniversary (2008 vintage). Been waiting for this a long time. Beautiful black pour with awesome tan head. Aroma was coconut, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, oak, prunes. Taste was hot with alcohol, bourbon chocolate and roasted malts. Lower to medium carbonation. Overall amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Served on tap at the Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration. The whole reason I purchased then Rare Beer Section ticket was for my speculation that this personal whale would be served so I was stoked to see it on the list. The first sample of the day for me. The appearance is a full rich black with a huge creamy tan head. The nose is full of delicious bourbon, chocolate, oak. The flavors are also full of that rich bourbon, prunes, chocolate, oats. This is still a touch hot but fabulous and really smooth. Resampled at Downtown Johnny Browns. It was the 2008 version and it was lacking a lot of what the first experience had. The bourbon was not really there and it tasted more like a couple year old regular version. Wonder if it was mislabeled. My score reflects the original tasting. Resampled again at Winter Storm 2011 and this beer was every bit as good or better then the first time. Such a great full bodied malt profile that hits all the delicious heavy roasted flavors, mostly the dark chocolates. The bourbon is so smooth and rich with vanilla and a nice wood note as well. I could drink this everyday and want for not. Please have this more more appearances!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1446) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Stunning aroma. Thick decadent bourbon (not too harsh with the alcohol) with chocolate and some subtle licorice. Taste is surprisingly creamy and understated as compared to the aroma with more chocolate, sweet expresso, barely noticeable alcohol toward the finish. Silky stuff. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
’08 Vintage. Black with a golden rim and a very thin, fine, dark tan head. Powerful, sweet boozey aroma with abundant caramel and toffee. Flavor is loaded with more alcohol sweetness, strong Bourbon with oak and vanilla. Finishes with some roasted malt bitterness, cocoa, and subtle oxidation. Full, viscous body with a lot of alcohol warmth. The aging is a nice touch for this beer.

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