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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7424) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Multiple samples of the 2008! Pours a totally black color with a small greyish head. A great nose of big bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is a massive Impy with roast, chocolate, bourbon, heat, some vanilla and lingering bitter and sweet bites. Big bourbon for sure, but balanced and drinkable despite the heat. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Beer number two for me at GABF 2012. This 2008 vintage pours black with a mocha colored head of foam with sort of tan looking swirls here and there. The aroma is rich, sweet, smooth and bourbony to go along with dark roasted malts and a sense of spicy black licorice in the background. The taste is similar with a solid degree of smooth bourbon surrounded thinly by dark roasted malts and a pleasing sense of chocolate. This is rich and sweet and not fully bourbony and has a pleasing balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DesertDevil (670) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2014
500 mL bottle (2014 Fyoder’s Classic). Hot, bourbon-heavy aroma, but the booziness doesn’t overpower the rest of the nose, which includes anise, dark chocolate syrup, light oak, and caramelized molasses. Pours a clear super-dark brown. Delicious taste of dark chocolate, burnt biscuit, moderate aged bourbon, woody oak, some vanilla bean, and a bit of cocoa powder to finish. Slightly chalky and dry palate with a thinner body than the normal IRS. A damn-fine barrel-aged beer right now (April 2014), but I’m curious to see how it develops with some cellar time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
This one poured a very dark brown wo black with a beige head. Aroma was of bourbon, light smoke, anf fudge. Flavor was similar,very mellow barrel aging, soft vanilla, oak and chocolate. All around tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2412) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Night and day with the Mikhail’s Odd. I don’t understand how this one is so much better. Bottle thanks to csteele, shared at pre-DLD tasting. Pours a deep dark blackish brown with a tan-brown head. Aromas of vanilla, fudge, soem caramel. Taste is sweet with some bourbon heat. Thick mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle - thanks GT2! Pours opaque black with a very small dark brown head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is quite lovely, bourbon forward with chocolate and vanilla notes. Medium sweet and light plus bitter, strong bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate again. Medium light body, a bit creamy perhaps. Quite hot. A bit too bourbon forward and a bit too light on the body to be perfect, but pretty darn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1972) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
14 QM bottle, via craftshack. Thanks Bob for the heads up on this top 50. Thick black pour with a touch of a tan head. Aroma has a lot of oak and vanilla. Taste is a nice punch of smooth bourbon, heavy on the oaky vanilla side. Has a slight sour on the back end. Closest comparable is Black note. Very good stuff. Definitely ready to drink now.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - 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.

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