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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2 liter growler shared by drewbeerme. thanks for the effort in acquiring this!..... can’t say too much about the appearance. close to black pour with a thin wispy tan head. a thicker/fuller head would have yielded a 5 but this fell just a little short..... aroma had some light bourbon barrel going on along with some wood and a little roast. the subdued nature of the nose was a nice change of paced compared to the more barrel-forward offerings within the same style.... flavors displayed a nice balance between the barrel and the essence of the base Stone IRS. mouthfeel and carbonation were nice but it was a little too fizzy to garner a perfect score for palale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2008
1L from Pantanap. Nice. Very nice. Damn. Damn this is awesome. Light bourbon, thick roast, though a bit tuna-fishy in the aroma. Certainly the biggest flaw in this beer. Flavor is very soft, chalky, with some bourbon . Rich and balanced. The bourbon works perfectly here, mostly showing itself in the finish, after some chocolate and licorice. Top notch stuff. They need to bottle this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Not too heavy for a stout and very enjoyable. Has a great nose of coffee and chocolate. Has a flavor of dried fruit, and somewhat of a spicey tone to it. Nice alcohol content of 10%. Gets you to where you need to be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Stone irs bb way more harmonious after sampling the bourbon 12th. Notes of bourbon but way less some base beer a little age smooths everything out. Smoother more velvetty drinks nicely. Some roast in finish.dark black pour, brown bu bbly head. Really nice use of barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2010
Handbottle.
[ Thanks to yespr for bringing it to Denmark. ;O) ]. Clear dark black color with a very small, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, light licorice. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, bourbon, light licorice notes. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic - bourbon. Very nice ;O)) [20100303]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
On tap at Finnegan’s (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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, 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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