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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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On draft at Stone. Pours a pitch black color, with wet dripping lacing and a small little head. Aromas of roasted coffee, bourbon, and very dark chocolate. Flavor is great, with big roasted chocolate, creamy caramel spliced throughout, some slight smoke. The finish is nice and full of coffee. Very smooth. The chocolate is just like velvet here. Bitter coffee finish is perfect. Alcohol is undetectable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1022) - Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2012
At the Strong Beer Fest at Aces and Ales. Love the aroma that climbs from the black depths of this beer. Bourbon, oak, toast and vanilla are exquisite. Alcohol and fruit are a welcome mix. Roasted malt base supports the alcohol and finishes dry and firm.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2010
finally getting to my notes from charleston brewvival 2010. ratings based on a number of 5oz samples, the first drank side-by-side with greg koch. pours a massively thick, jet black with a huge, creamy dark beige head leaving sticky lace. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of fine bourbon, wood, vanilla, and oak with sweet cocoa, light earthy hops, and a touch of coffee. flavor is out of this world good with massive notes bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, and burnt malts with a nice balance of dark fruits, roast coffee, herbal hops, and toffee malts. palate is smooth, thick, sticky, and well carbonated with a lingering woody, chocolatey, bourbon finish. overall, one of the most aggressive bourbon barrel aged impy’s i’ve tasted. damn near perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
1L bottle from wetherel. Black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and bourbon. The taste was the same with nice vanilla/wood notes. Very smooth on the palate. Oily body. The finish was slightly boozy and bourbony. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2008, on tap at brouwers. Aroma of dark fruit, bourbon, molasses, chocolate. Deep dark color, still surface, small ring of bubbles, some irregular lacing. Taste: dark fruit, chocolate, nice roast bitterness, bourbon, some nicely placed oxidation (I think - if not oxidation, let's call it " old aged beeriness"). Slick texture, full body, decent carbonation. Overall: this is quite nice, even after 5 years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (985) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Fyodors bottle pour black with tan head. Aroma is rich roast, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Taste is great bitter roast with a balance of oak and bourbon. a bit of alcohol on the finish, tasty, but probably not top 50 worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Black pour, dense tan head. Very tempting strong, boozey aroma that blasts you with the expected vanilla, wood, and roastiness. Very vanilla forward, but never too sweet. Has some of the dark cherry and anise flavor I associate with Stone’s RIS, lots of roasty char and a oakey barrel flavors. Despite the strength of the various components, particularly the big vanilla bourbon hit at the start, this retains a lot of complexity. Rich mouthfeel without too much detectable alcohol. First beer I had at the SIB, and a tough act to follow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (945) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival ’07. My sampling of this beer was precluded by Oak Aged Yeti, how insane is that? Labeled on the tap list as Oaked Imperial Russian Stout. First impression of this beer = DAMN! Pours extremely viscous pitch black with some reddish lace, very sticky; it even left legs on the sides of my glass. Sugary bourbon, oak and vanilla extract notes in the aroma, with coffee and toasted marshmallow. Extremely smooth flavor that slips from one flavor to the next at each sip. Rich dark chocolate cake, whiskey, more coffee and burnt wood. Very warm and smooth finish, you can still taste this stuff literally 5 minutes after each sip. Highly impressive! I was stoked to try this as my second beer of the day...considering I was wrecked 2 hours later. Probably the best brew of the Festival right here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (918) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2011
2008 vintage on draft at Downtown Johnny Brown’s during the second annual San Diego Beer Week (November 2010). Served in a Delirium Tremens glass with pink elephants, interestingly. Pours pitch black with a whisper of mocha brown head. Aroma is grainy roasted malts, smoky bourbon, some chocolate. There is also an aroma of medical alcohol pad and the boozy smell is a little distracting. Flavor also has some alcohol taste and burn along with lightly smoky malts and bits of chocolate and coffee. Good, but in the end, the alcohol is too much in this...I prefer the smoothness of the regular IRS. (207, 495)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
[Handbottle] from tytoanderso. Pours deep block with a small tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is very smooth with a medium mouthfeel, alcohol, bourbon, oak, rich dark chocolate, and cocoa.

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