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RATINGS: 273   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (5016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Sample at Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Tasting, from a 2008 vintage keg. Dark brown but still clear color. Thin light brown / tan head. Even spread of dotty lace. Great bourbon, roasty vanilla nose. Very smooth texture, pretty creamy. Light carbonation, dry texture. Great bourbon aftertaste, hits you in waves that you can cherish and savor. Good sweet, light bitter taste. Light alcohol does wonders to propel the fantastic aroma out. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Headbanger (2938) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Sample at Finnegan’s ’08 Vintage 4/3/10 (Stone Beer Week)-Pours black with tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste of the same with sweetness added in. This full bodied brew had a nice balance and was simply awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at Rackhouse Pub this was 2010 IRS aged in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel but I put it here anyway. Dark black and had the most minimal tan head, like a millimeter or so. Smells like whiskey and roasted grain reminiscent of the regular IRS aged for awhile. The taste is really, really good, whiskey, wood, roasted grain, so different than the regular IRS which is already a good beer. This is very strong but I was very pleased that I ordered it. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-16-2011 03:27:46

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Beer number two for me at GABF 2012. This 2008 vintage pours black with a mocha colored head of foam with sort of tan looking swirls here and there. The aroma is rich, sweet, smooth and bourbony to go along with dark roasted malts and a sense of spicy black licorice in the background. The taste is similar with a solid degree of smooth bourbon surrounded thinly by dark roasted malts and a pleasing sense of chocolate. This is rich and sweet and not fully bourbony and has a pleasing balance.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nimbleprop (4190) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours an opaque black with some creamy, beige head. Nose of chocolate milk, vanilla, coconut, woody, caramel, awesome. Sweet flavor, malty, vanilla, chocolate, woody. Great barrel character. Super smooth and completely drinkable. Awesome. This has aged perfectly. The epitome of balance.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (175) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
A rare treat from a friend indeed. Thank you very much. Sat in appartment in San Diego, enjoyed with the setting sun over the coronado bridge. Slept well that night!.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4109) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
GABF 2012, this was 2008 version
Appearance: Pitch black with a small tan head
Aroma of dark roast, bourbon, vanilla and oak
Taste of bourbon, vanilla, oak, woody and molasses
This was great, went back for multiple samples of this. Smooth and very easy drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Multiple samples of the 2008! Pours a totally black color with a small greyish head. A great nose of big bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is a massive Impy with roast, chocolate, bourbon, heat, some vanilla and lingering bitter and sweet bites. Big bourbon for sure, but balanced and drinkable despite the heat. Awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
samsmith33 (314) - - OCT 11, 2012
Dark black pour. Small, but dark creamy head. High alcohol. Dark chocolate caramel flavor. A really nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toxichop (284) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
A: Chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, wood, and roast. P:black with red highligts and a thin head. T: bourbon and alcohol, dark chocolate, nuts, oak and finishes rather bitter. M: medium with low carbonation. O: i preffer the base, it is a good beer but the alcohol was kind of a punch


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