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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pizza Port Strong Ale fest 2007. WOW. Creamy, chocolatey, smooth, silky, some vanilla, a beer fantasy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Wonderful thick black pour, medium tan head.....very thin. Wonderful licorice, rich coffee and roasted barley notes in the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2008 Vintage 2006. On-tap at Stone 5/12 and 5/13/08. Pours dark brown with a thin, creamy light brown head. Smells awesome. Lots of vanilla, wood, bourbon, and a little bit of toasty malt. Tastes sweet, vanilla, chocolate and wood up front with a biting bourbon, alcohol and roasty malt finish. Medium to full body, not overly thick, nice carbonation. Definitely a top 3 barrel aged beer. 10-4-9-4-19=4.6

Vintage 2007. On-tap at Stone 8/4 and 8/5/08. Pours very dark brown/black with a thin, offwhite head. Smells dark and roasty malty with a hint of vanilla and bourbon/alcohol. Tastes roasty malty with a huge, sweet, vanilla, wood and bourbon through the middle to the finish. A little warming alcohol on the finish as well. Full body, good carbonation. 7-3-7-3-16=3.6

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Many thanks to Dunk for the 1L growler! Poured deep brown with a short cap of rich tan head. The aroma was to die for.. sweet vanilla and bourbon perfectly integrated with the stout.. semi-sweet and darker chocolates at the core with coffee and molasses as well.. toasty oak emerged with warmth and joined more bourbon at the back. The flavor held serve with a base of sweeter chocolates and molasses.. the edges held vanilla and lightly sour bourbon and oaky notes that built in prominence toward the back.. chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and light coffee bitterness.. left a long, lightly-smoked bourbon and chocolatey impression on the finish. Heavier-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving properly across the palate.. some sourness from the bourbon and oak that was very well presented.. just phenominal all around!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Hand bottle marked 06, generously shared by sloth, who always out does me. The pour was dead on for the style in color, a bit still on the effervescence/carbonation leading me to think this was a little spent in the bottle, hopes dashed a tad. The aroma, though, was wonderful, excellent oak, cedar (undoubtedly this, and Bert nailed that first), bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate notes teasing the nose, raising hopes back up. The flavor kicked buttocks, surpassing all expectations and leading me to want more: all of the aroma was there in the flavor along with a chocolate dustiness that was quite nice. Absolutely no hint of oxidation at all, just a great production in its prime of drinking. Mouthfeel was full and a little flat, but surprisingly this thing wasn’t cloying or sticky one bit, despite the lack of carbonation and aging (absence) of any hops. Right on, Bert, thanks so much for sharing this one with me. I shall declare this my honorary/symbolic 2k beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Growler from Stone. 2006 BBA version, filled May 2008. Wasn’t sure of what to expect with this brew. The age was very prominent; had a sort of musty flavor. But the bourbon was very strong and prominent. Taste had lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, hops with a creamy smooth texture that smacks the lucky taster in all areas of the mouth and tongue. Taste lingers and develops with time. This beer will make you think long and hard and ponder exactly just what you’re drinking. Alcohol is still prominent but not as much as when freshly brewed. Make sure to consume this at a warmer temperature than other beers. Also, the beer seemed to mellow out the day after the growler was first opened. And even moreso the third day. Different flavors came out during those second and third tastings. Overall quite good. I wish I could have this more often!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Wow, cant believe some of the low scores on this one recently. I must say that i was truely caught offguard with this one. I,m a Stoner for sure but this was way beyond expections! Read eaglefan538s rating cause he has described it to a tee, period. The man is wonderful with his descriptors. I,d also like to give a large THANKS to mreusch for the 12oz. hand bottled(and very well done i might add) sample of this lovely elixer that i received from him in trade. A real stunner. Well balanced and and truly captivating. Well done Stone....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle from mreusch. THANKS!! Pours a black with a thin head. Aroma is full of rich bourbon, chocolate, molasses and woody notes. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon and prunes. Damn this is smooth and is drinking great right now. Delicous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2010
old rating....what a treat this was. The conventional Stone RIS is outstanding on its own.....when thrown in the barrel, well it just get that much better. Thanks to by buddy Aaron for making this tasting possible. The richness and depth is remarkable........would be my favorite sipper if readily available. This is an outstanding brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Draft tasting @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. 2008 Vintage. pours a thick heavy black with 1/4" tan head... big solid Bourbon notes flow through the nose... medium body with vanilla notes, sweet roasted malts and more Bourbon. excellent finish with the barrel really showing its personality... excellent! So glad I got to try this one.

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