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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle at Beermonger’s Event. Under Fyodor’s Classic. A: Pure black, thin ring of mocha head with swirls on top of the stout, and legs. N: Huge black licorice. Dominating, really. Big coffee, raisin, currant, cocoa, and roast as the semi-majority shareholders. Bourbon is less pronounced, though it lends a touch of coconut, vanilla, and caramel. Oak is less noticeable, however. T: Very sweet, slightly bitter, not cloying. M: Oily, heavy body. Foaming, tickling carbonation. Hidden alcohol. O: An impressive dark fruit rendition of the IRS. 4 oz is a meal in and of itself, though I have to admit, this goes down fairly smoothly. If the anise flavors weren’t so far out of control, I’d mark it up much higher, but as it is, I don’t think it quite competes with the upper tier of the style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XaenDovet (1219) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle at Stone @ SAN. 2015 series, batch 01 brewed June 2, 2014. 7 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, bottled March 2015. Pitch black. Silky aroma of bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate, raisin, and currant. Taste is sweet and a blast of bitterness. Palate is all that is good in this world.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured dark brown with reddish edges, tan head. Aroma was strong vanilla and bourbon. Taste was sweet vanilla, malts, and alcohol bourbon burn.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1125) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2015
'13 vintage bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is sweet, sweet bourbon, so nice of a nose. The taste is bold and smooth at the same time. An underrated bb stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (620) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of coconut, dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, espresso, some licorice. Taste is espresso, coconut, vanilla, fudge, caramel, dark chocolate, some bitter notes, light heat, roast, dry woody finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutnick (715) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2015
February 2014 bottle. Black mild tan foam. Aroma is marshmallow, mild oak, bourbon, sweetness. Taste is sweetness up front, chocolate, prunes, bourbon, mild vanilla, dry finish. You can see the base beer coming through here. Full palate without being chewy, strong carbonation. Probably pound for pound the most solid bourbon barrel aged stout I’ve had. Lacks a wow factor nor is it extremely memorable but it very drinkable and well balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap, thick black pour with dark tan head, aroma is bursting with dark fruit, brownie, coffee into a bit of dark chocolate, some roasted malt into a bit of bourbon, oak in there with a touch of vanilla. Taste was a mix of bourbon, slight espresso into some vanilla, touch of chocolate into some dark fruit, slight anise as well, some oaky, vanilla tones, finishing sweet, bourbon forward. Nice addition to a great base.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (357) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours black and oily..thin Mocha head. Aromas of char, oak and bourbon. Nice mouthfeel...creamy...but hot! Roasted notes calm the bourbon and oak. Nice hop bitterness. ..finishes sticky with a clinging sweetness and big vanilla oak. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2804) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Part of blind tasting BA Imperial Stout tasting.
I can’t believe I actually enjoyed this, I thought I was completely though with Stone. Dark head with light rubbing alcohol on the nose. Lots of dark chocolate syrup and cocoa. Not sugary or sticky, not bitter or alcohol laden, are we sure this is Stone?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2702) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottled as Fyodor’s Classic. Aged about 1 year. Thick black pour with almost no head. Aroma is huge chocolate, moderate coffee bean and oak, some vanilla, burnt caramel, and molasses. Tastes so awesome. Might be the smoothest BB beer I’ve had. Rich, sweet chocolate cake and caramel candy countered with vanilla and oak. Just a hint of booze. Some light coffee shows up when warmed. Medium to full body. Great beer.


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