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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Thanks Brad for sending this one my way! Poured a dark black color with a thin sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, woody, chocolate, some dark fruits, and I was getting a light smokiness. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood (but lighter than in the aromas), dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. The bourbon is there but not over powering. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Draft at Back in Black ’09 at Brouwer’s. Pours a very dark black with dark tan head. Incredible aroma that is dominated by rich caramel and bourbon. The only negative is that this is a bit sweet and rich, but the molasses flavor was balanced incredibly well with the strong bourbon background and a touch of the hops. This is an incredibly smooth beer that goes down far easier than the 10.8% would indicate. An amazing beer. Doesn’t get much better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s "Back in Black" stout night 09. Pours completely black, with a smallish mocha brown head. Holy crap this one has lots of sweet, velvety bourbon in it. It actually takes the Goose Island BCS to the next level. The nose is a ton of boozy bourbon, sweet oak, lots of brown sugar... the burn offsets the crazy sweetness - this one is truly intoxicating. Unbelievably powerful oaky, bourbon flavor. Not as full-bodied as I expected, but plenty thick. Definitely a bit hot, but then again it is 11%. Great stuff, just a tad too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2009
On tap at Sunset Grill. Pour Black with a small light brown ring. Aromas of bourbon and dark fruits. The bourbon really dominates leading to a bitter burnt coffee finish. What a treat. Thanks stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Draft at Sunset Grill. Poured an opaque black color with a light brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, whiskey, and raisin. Medium to full bodied and sweet with vanilla, caramel, and bourbon flavors. Mild roasty bitterness emerged at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On tap at Sunset Grill over the Craft Brewers Conference. This one had just huge bourbon notes in the nose and flavor, blending nicely with the chocolate-y notes that you get from the original RIS. It’s really too bad they don’t make this more often. :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Nice brew, nicely mixed bourbon and chocolate aroma. Bourbon hits tongue quickly and leaves chocolate taste with hints of coffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - FEB 26, 2009
Super Thanks to ghawener. Drank it at El Flor for New Year. Wow!! It is liquid heaven!! Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Medium bodied. Taste of coffee, sweet and balanced with hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - JAN 10, 2009
gracias a haweber fue la birria que salvo la noche porque nos habiamos tenido que tomar unas oscuras que estaban medio raras

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19638) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2008
Bottled, thanks Marsbiblursi! Very viscous dark black, no head. Rich aroma of vanilla and wood flakes. Sweet and thick, viscous and oily. Mildly warming with some licorice and coffee. While the bourbon in itslef is not very obvious I do get quite a lot of wood and vanilla. Alcohol warms in a really bitter finish. Intense, yet not aggressive - abit on the syrupy/oily side.

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