Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel

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100
100
style
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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.

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4.2
cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2017
Tap at Armored Gardens, pours black with a thin tan head and the littlest bit of lacing in the glass, aroma has a nice bourbon touch to it with a roasty touch. The flavor has a strong bourbon front end with a smooth finish, nice mouthfeel, good stuff.

3.8
LinusStick (3522) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2017
As far as borbon barrel aged beers go, I can’t think of any better. Aroma was nice. A sweet smell of vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Pour was a nice deep dark black with no head or bubbles. Taste was very strong and complex. Heavy chocolate and vanilla notes (from the bourbon) with a hint of leather and tobacco. Sweetened as it warmed up with the bourbon coming to the front and a nice milky chocolate finish. Some toffee in there as well. Mild carbonation.

3.5
Andrew196 (2015) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2017
#2000! Pours super dark.... Flimsy beige head. Nose is deep chocolate and toffee, some roasty licorice and char. Weird feel to it.... Starts big, fizzles in the middle, finishes big with a lingering edge. Chocolate covered nuts, wood, earth. Well masked booze... The booze is sweet liqueur...dessert like. Lots going on but nothing really jumps out to make it worthy of the ranking to me.

4
fidelis83 (2523) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Fyodor, bottle says 13.5%ABV, not sure this is the same beer, but it redirects here. Black pour with a one finger, creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring. Aroma is roast, dark toffee and caramel, heavy nutty notes, some earthy oxidization, oaky, grainy bourbon. Flavor is deeeeep dark caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, big port simmered dark fruit, a hint of sweet cherry, lots of licorice/anise, lots of toasty oak, vanilla and some maple. Big heavy body, chewy to creamy feel, light carbonation, moderate boozy burn (which works well for such a heavy hitter), slightly drier and a little slick in the finish, but still big, rich and chewy. Really fantastic stuff, as much like GI BCBS as anything else I've had.

4
dzudohonor (311) - POLAND - NOV 2, 2017
Rocznik 2014. Aromat: kakao, czekolada, wanilia, lukrecja, bardzo ładnie zbalansowane. Smak: kokos, wanilia, czekolada, kakao, lukrecja, ciemne owoce, słody palone, nuty drewniane, trochę kwaskowata kawa. Ciało średnie, alkohol pięknie ukryty, znakomicie pijalne, dwie klasy lepsze od podstawki.

3.5
oberschlesier (187) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - SEP 22, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 Aroma of vanilla and coconut - typical BBA beer. Texture, color, ashness - it is everything like in imperial porter, not in RIS. There is also IMO too low carbonation and definitelly, alcohol is too detectable, especially at the beggining of beer session (when the beer was cold).

4.7
ads135 (5064) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2017
An exceptional imperial stout. Black as night, chocolate and licorice, coffee and molasses. Tried for the first time in 2011.

4.7
dorain (696) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-10 getrunken. Endlich heute ein Bier was in der Nase UND am Gaumen so richtig Spaß macht. Ein geniales, sehr fettes Russian Stout mit sehr deutlichen Bourbonfassnote. Ein Traum von einem Bier!

4.4
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Rocznik 2008. Próbowany w wersji beczkowej na otwarciu Stone Brewing Berlin. Piękna sprawa! Wnioskuję że piwo nic nie straciło z czasem, wręcz przeciwnie - doskonale się ułożyło. Silne nuty wanilii, drewna i bourbonu, mleczna czekolada, wysoka paloność, długi, intensywnie czekoladowy finisz. Bardzo gładkie, dość nisko wysycone, alkohol zamaskowany znakomicie. Klasa.

3.9
shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2017
Thanks JC. Nice stuff, easy drinking for the strength. Not quite sure, plasticine, booze, marker pen, chocolate. Fruity. Nice.


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