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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10265) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10199) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
500ml bottle as Fyodor’s Classic. Really nice brew that is bursting with chocolate flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10041) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle massive thanks to the somewhat racist Colin Bois. It pours near black with a minimal tan head. The nose is rich roast, cocoa, earth, Reisen chocolate chew, treacle, rocky road, marshmallow and burnt caramel. The taste bitter, earth, roasty, rocky road, marshmallow, toast, charred wood, vanilla, spicy, mild acidity, coffee, bourbon and warming alcohol with roasty, somewhat acidic finish. Full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Oily mouth-feel. A very nice BA impy stout, but no top 50 IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10034) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Sample on Day 3 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/14/2011. The beer is a brownish-black color with a thin tan head that evaporates to an outer ring quickly. Spots and strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and cocoa. Medium to full body with a boozy character and flavors of dark malts, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. The finish is oaky bourbon with a malty aftertaste. Good beer throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9412) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
As "Stone Fyodor’s Classic" 2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Bourbon. 2014 Series Batch no 03, 38 IBU. Marked 13.9% ABV. Bottled Feb 2014.
Bottled 500 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014.
Thanks to rlgk + Aniela!
Black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, raisin, alcohol, roasted, vanilla scent. Roasted, sweet, chocolate taste. Chocolate, roasted aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Sample at Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Tasting, from a 2008 vintage keg. Dark brown but still clear color. Thin light brown / tan head. Even spread of dotty lace. Great bourbon, roasty vanilla nose. Very smooth texture, pretty creamy. Light carbonation, dry texture. Great bourbon aftertaste, hits you in waves that you can cherish and savor. Good sweet, light bitter taste. Light alcohol does wonders to propel the fantastic aroma out. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
Thanks to puzzl for giving me a chance to try this bad boy. Pitch black with a thin brown head. Aroma is quite charry and loaded with dark licorice and rich vanilla. Soft oakiness with some charry sweetness. Oakiness picks up as it warms and the chocolate and bourbon really pick up. Rich and full-bodied with a strong cocoaish character on the back. Not at all hoppy, but there is good integration of the bourbon, wood, and stout. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8857) - 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.

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