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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2008
This poured black in color with a think brown head that faded rather quickly. The nose is filled with crème, hazelnuts, coconut, milk chocloate, vanilla and some woodiness at the end. In the mouth it was full-bodied and quite rich with a sweetness that is wonderfully balanced by just enough grip. The finish lingers on and on with flavors of chocolate dipped hazelnuts. In fact, especially in the finish, this reminds me of a wonderful mignardises to end a great meal...and this can be treated the same!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 On tap at the bistro a little while back. Poured an obsidian black with a two finger brown head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, chocolate. Flavor had vanilla notes along with the aromas from above. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lmccannel (8) - Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012 does not count
I look forward to the release of this every year, it is as always a favorite of mine. I enjoy the thickness of the beer and the finish is delightful.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2017) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Cuvee 2008! Tout ce que j’entends dans mon recorder c’est cream jeans! Cream jeans! Cream jeans!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
want1DIPA (224) - - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle pour of Fyodors Classic! Absolutely mind blowing! This 14% barrel aged IRS beauty is euphoric! Loads of bourbon and melted smoked chocolate resonate all over on this fine brew. Cheers!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (9110) - Indian River County, 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!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
Sampler during Stone Week (April 3) at Finnegan’s, Plainfield. 2008 vintage. Can’t you tell this was what I was drinking at closing time? Black body with a thick ring of foam. Smell of strawberries soaked in bourbon. Dare i say, more heady, impressive and intoxicating than my beloved Bourbon County Stout? Maybe. Alcoholic but not "hot," and with no "burnt" pieces like many stouts. Just some nutty roast malts paired with a fruit and bourbon smell. A great, creamy finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4364) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Appearance: Black, viscous-looking, leg-producing body with a quietly receding, dark brown head. Smell: Big, beautiful bourbon presence on the nose marrying well with the robust dark roasted malts notes. It’s altogether inviting. Taste: From start to finish, it’s a sweet, earthy roastiness stirred up with slowly melted barker’s chocolate chunks, vanilla beans, burnt caramel sauce, dark brown sugar, oak wood (with some tannins breaking through), dark fruits, chilled coffee, shaved coconut and a fair share of burgeoning alcohol warmth. It’s all quite bold, but it still maintains a quiet, easy-going mellowness. Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very nice. Look, I love Stone Russian Imperial Stone, but the deliciousness of the bourbon barrel version has been the highpoint of my beer drinking in the last several months. Oh, if only all the barrel-aged stouts could turn out this well.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
On draft at Rattle n Hum for Stone event back in late 2010. Pours a dark, almost black, brown colour. Very rich looking, like a liquer. Power bourbon aroma with caramel, dark fruits, malt. Flavour of butterscotch/caramel, bourbon, dark fruits. Very smooth and palatable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
budznsudz (555) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pours dark with a small brownish head that settles to a whisp. Aroma is fudge, oak, traces of vanilla and caramel, and light notes of bourbon. The taste really something great. Rich chocolate and vanilla swirl, fudge, oak, and a bit of bourbon heat to round it out. The palate is smooth, chewy, and viscous. This beer is just incredible.


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