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RATINGS: 325   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
2008 version at the Stone Domination by Aces and Ales. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick brown head and some lacing. Aroma is mostly bourbon with a little oak and coffee. The flavour was two totally different world s for me. It started with straight bourbon, vanilla and charred wood. Then it settled into some coffee, thicker roasted malt and spicy hops. Pretty good and if you like bourbon, this is for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3240) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Honestly, I was pretty excited when I saw this in the pamphlet. I thought, "Finally, I get to try it." Pours black with tan head. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak in the aroma. Flavor is good but not quite as great as I hoped. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, kind of sticky mouthfeel with a bit of roast and tar. It is good, just not one of the best bourbon barrel Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5930) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Black pour with a brownish head. Nice bourbon wood nose. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, and bourbon on taste. Alcohol is present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2011
2008 vintage on draft at Downtown Johnny Browns during the second annual San Diego Beer Week (November 2010). Served in a Delirium Tremens glass with pink elephants, interestingly. Pours pitch black with a whisper of mocha brown head. Aroma is grainy roasted malts, smoky bourbon, some chocolate. There is also an aroma of medical alcohol pad and the boozy smell is a little distracting. Flavor also has some alcohol taste and burn along with lightly smoky malts and bits of chocolate and coffee. Good, but in the end, the alcohol is too much in this...I prefer the smoothness of the regular IRS. (207, 495)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5602) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
draft at Jake Melnicks, Chicago. deep dark pour, khaki head, big roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon notes. bourbon presence seemed to melow the intense roasted flavor of the regular RIS. Very drinkable at 10.8. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Growler sample at JOs. Poured a black color with a minnimal frothy brown head that diminished with minimal lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee and wood bourbon aroma. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet roasted black coffee malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer with some age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (1859) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
2008. Pours dark black with no head, aroma of bourbon vanilla and sweet chocolate. Taste follows, smooth and delicious. Really, really nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7247) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle that Mes & Sim brought along to share at Merton Beer Festival, big thanks! Shared with Thomas, Fin, Loz etc Friday 28th February 2014 Pours pitch black with tan head. Chocolate initially but then immediately tangy, wonderfully tangy,fruity and tart with a wet woodiness, you really get the actual flavours of the barrel. This is a well done and very interesting imperial stout. Many thanks to Mes & Sim A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov16 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is vanilla, bourbon wood alcohol, chewy and sticky. Great palate, super thick vanilla, wood, roasted malts, alcohol, fudge and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2321) - California, USA - APR 13, 2014
Black pour, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Note that the bottle lists as 13.8%. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak, very light roast, a touch of dried fruit. Full bodied, sweet, moderate alcohol , moderate barrel character. Nice stuff, I like it a *lot* more than the non barrel aged version. Theres lots of other barrel aged imperial stouts that are better though. Unlike a few of their other BA offerings its somewhat reasonably priced at *only* $19 for 500ml instead of something dumb like $40.

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