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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1920) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Stranahanís Whiskey Barrel Aged on tap at Rackhouse Pub, Denver. No head. Dark black opaque. Lots of bourbon and oak vanilla notes, a bit of roasted dark malt. Very well balanced. Not a lot of the stout shows through unfortunately, but the bourbon doesnít overwhelm. Stout carries it well, but isnít strong enough to represent itself equally. Alcohol dangerously well integrated. Delicious beer. Had it with a whiskey bbq chicken sandwich with bacon-good pairing, but this would be just as good with a chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Growler. Finally, this had to be a top want since I heard of its existence. Love the regular version so much that this just couldnít be bad. It certainly did not disappoint. Aroma is so sweet, elegant, light vanilla and bourbon. So smooth right away. The flavor is awesome. Rich and smooth with some wood and light bourbon that has become sweet and mellow with hints of vanilla and silky chocolate. Finishes clean with no lingering off flavors at all. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1871) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger - deep black pour, arouma of prunes, dates, raisins. Smokey black malts, sweet, raisins. Bitter chocolate, plenty of vanilla and oak. Pepper and woody with plenty of peaty earth. A little hot at the finish, for my tastes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Had this on the eve of the August 27th JOís release. Big thanks to Jason for sharing this. 08 vintage from growler. ~4 oz from a tasting snifter. 3.5 A: Black. Pour yielded no head. 4.5 S: The barrel aging is done extremely well. The bourbon portion is perfect. Incredibly smooth with leather, melon, prune, and plum. However, the underlying stout canít stand tall alongside. Some chocolate and roast, but does not seem to have the subtleties that the regular has at this age. Still, bourbon forward or not, smells delicious. 3.5 T: I have no idea where the Stone IRS went. This tastes a bit like watered down bourbon rather than a bourbon enhanced stout. Thereís just a little chocolate and a little roast. However, the bourbon itself makes this still taste great. Leather, melon, prune, and plum. Alcohol is very well hidden. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier though. 3.5 D: Decent, but stout that canít stand tall above barrel treatments should not be put into barrels. Iím completely shocked that Stone IRS is one of these. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 08-31-2011 23:11:14

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Shared with too many ratebeerians to list (see event attendies)Wow. Incredible aroma. I loved smelling this. I shared the smell with everyone who hadnít got to it yet. My favorite of the festival (and of all time). I think I should change my rating to 5.0. Hmmmm. Some hints of oxidation in a most pleasant way. Los of chocolate in the aroma, but no unpleasant roastiness. Creamy thick microbubble awesome dark tan head. Pitch black liquid is thick. Sweet and incredible rich malty dark fruit complex flavor. I love Stone RIS. I really love aged Stone RIS, and I really, really love Barrel Aged Stone RIS. Nothingís perfect, but this deserved a 5. Tried again on tap today at Stone. Picked up a growler as well. Awesome! Same rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at the Bistro. Pours pitch black, with a small, swirly, light tan head. Smells of rich, creamy, vanilla, light chocolate cream, dark malt, roast, and bourbon. The flavor is much the same. Very oily and fullbodied. The bourbon isnt overpowering, but blends really nicely with the rest of its characters. Some chocolate and dark malts are very noticeable behind the bourbon, with the roastiness not as apparent in the flavor. Just a really well done barrel aged brew. Not a whole lot of flaws in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
On tap at Finneganís (2008 vintage) Black pour with brown head that went down. Aroma of soft bourbon and vanilla. Taste was smooth, intense taste-bourbon, vanilla. Left a great lacing. The beer stuck to the side of the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Draft at the Stone tasting at Alewife. Pours pitch black with a frothy tan head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, bourbon. See tarheels86ís review for longer beernerd analysis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head. S-the nose bings loads of roasted malts and some notes of dark chocolate. bourbon and wood play lightly underneath. T-a touch of dark fruits add some additional balance to the beer, roasty malts are the focus with a bit of bitter dark chocolate. vanilla and oak make a nice presence with a pleasant bourbon finish and touch of heat. M-full bodied and chewy wit a creamy syrupy texture and soft carbonated finish. D-pretty well balanced beer with a nice barrel presence adding a fair bit of complexity amongst the roasty stout with light sweetness intermixed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Samples poured by user Vacax at Bruery 2nd Anniversary via growler.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with small suds. This came from a growler, and I was told the first few glasses poured had a wonderful head.

Aroma: Smokey malts,huge bourbon vanilla caramel notes.

Taste: Sweet bourbon, toast, caramel and roast.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and quite syrupy.

Overall: Very decadent, very sweet, and seemed much thicker than traditional IRS.

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