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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (11023) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to trade with Alen. Pours near black with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon upfront, big vanilla, fudge, roast, milk chocolate, and coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel could be a little thicker which let’s it down slightly, but still excellent. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: IRS 2008, Bourbon Barrel
Date: February 09, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: light bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor well balanced with the bourbon character, nice chocolate coming through

Name: IRS 2008, Bourbon Barrel
Date: February 27, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: brewvival brewfest
Score: 3.5 to 4.1
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma, dark fruits, touch of roast
Flavor: sweet bourbon flavor, balancing roast, vanilla sweetness

Name: IRS 2008, Bourbon Barrel
Date: October 07, 2010
Mode: draft
Words: duckworths
after drinking a liter of this over two days I can safely say this is still the best stone ever

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle from mreusch. THANKS!! Pours a black with a thin head. Aroma is full of rich bourbon, chocolate, molasses and woody notes. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon and prunes. Damn this is smooth and is drinking great right now. Delicous.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft… RBSG ‘08This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a very small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Chocolaty, vinous aroma with notes of vanilla and controlled bourbon. Full-bodied and ultra silky with restrained carbonation. The finish is charred and chocolaty with discreet, elegant bourbon. About as good as it gets!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Denver Rare Beer Tasting. Stranahans barrels. Black appearance with a tiny, dark brown head. Sweet caramel, toffee, whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate malty aroma. Low carbonation. Roasty dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, woody, whiskey flavor. I’m not too impressed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
Thanks yespr. Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Flavour had plenty of burned malt, hops, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood and espresso. Finished sweet. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 27, 2010
Sample from growler, thanks bi tme to Yespr for bringing this from the US. Pitch black colour, small dark brown creamish head. Very plesan roasted malt coffee and chocolate in the aroma with alcohol/bourbon. Good mouthfeel indeed.The flavour is sweet with lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon´and wood, Long lasting sweet finish of roasted malt, bouron/ alcohol, chocolate d wood. Yum indeed!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (10118) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"2006 - a little past it’s prime, so the hops didn’t really add to it at all, but damn, the roasted malts and chocolate, anise, etc in this beer aged in bourbon barrels? A thing of beauty. Would really like to try this a year or two old instead of 6. 2014 as Fyodor’s Classic 500 ml bottle...soft luxurious palate aroma and flavor, just like guradians slumber. AWESOME! "

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
On tap at Flying Saucer during the Stoned for Six Days. Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy white head with decent spotty lacing. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with cherry, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt chocolate and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. Enjoyed this one, a very impressive Imperial Stout from Stone. 800th Rating!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured near ink black with ruby highlights. Tan bubbles cling onto the sides of the glass but no head forms. Aroma is beautiful buttery bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, rich smokiness. Taste is a giant smack in the face of unsweetened, bitter chocolate, smoked malt, hot bourbon moving very quickly to silky chocolate, coconut, vanilla ice cream. Palate goes from soft to chalky and bitter cacao powder. About six seconds after tasting this I knew exactly why it is in the ratebeer Top 20. Everything is there: the aroma, the body, the palate. It is like Bourbon Country Stout with a little less richness and less of a superlative palate.


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