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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft at Rattle n Hum Stone takeover, Oct 3 2010. Poured opaque deep brown, nearly black, topped with a small khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, licorice, oak, and some alcohol. Bittersweet chocolate hits the palate first, and is nicely complimented by oak, vanilla, bourbon, and some coffee. Alcohol really comes to the forefront towards the finish. Chocolate and bourbon linger on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of an oily texture. Hot, aggressive, and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1130) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This one left me dissappionted...looks and smells great, but was lighter than normal IRS and had lost too much ofo it’s character. No hops left. Tasted like a chocolate bourbon bar and not much else. I like bourbon barreled stuff generally, but this was had waited too long.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1106) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Took me FOREVER to find and try this!!! Thanks and happy birthday to Big Boss Bryan at Blue Palms. 2008 version of an instant classic and former Top 50 beer. Heavy on bourbon but not in a negative way. That full coffee/baker's chocolate blend of Stone IRS with a bit less of the silkiness. Very simple beer - not complex at all but quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1047) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Huge bourbon aroma with some lighter coffee notes. Black with no head. Smoke compliments the bourbon in the flavor, light alcohol in the finish. Smooth but slightly thin. Definitely enjoyable as a bourbon lover.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
5-28-08 growler shared by Charles (thickerfreakness).
Dense black pour with a thin dark tan chocolate milk like head. Smell is roasted malt and bourbon and vanilla and oak. Flavor is a hint "hot" bourbon up front but it has a nice roasted character to it. Finish is oily and slick - it actually leaves an oily coat on the tongue. Little to no carbonation. Flavor is smooth and balanced and has a nice body and character. Really becomes so much better as it warms. Yummy, super slick and creamy. I almost want a hint more body and boost to it - just perhaps a touch creamier. However, the flavor more than makes up for any weakness here. Aftertaste is nice and balanced. Very enjoyable, drinkable and I highly recommend this.

4.4
   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.


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