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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a very dark brown although not quite as dark as many imperial stouts. Pours with a creamy off white to tanish head. Not too much lacing. Smell is bourbon, oak, caramel, hints of vanilla, strong roast, and a bit of brown sugar. Quite a bit different than the standard IRS. Taste isnt quite as complex and I was let down a bit by the bourbon character that came through after a very promising nose. Feel was fairly full and seems about right; not too much heat. A nice barel-aged stout, but didnt quite live up to my expectations. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 09-28-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 event in Baltimore. jet black, Thin tan head. Lots of roast up front nose, chalky milk chocolate. Way more bourbon in flavor, finish is heavy chocolate, light oxidation in finish. Lots of roast and alcohol finish the experience off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - 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 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Draft Maxs. Black, tan creamy head. Deep bourbon and old oak aromas warm to layers of vanilla and dark roasty malt. Bourbon booze and oak flavors round out with touches of vanilla cocoa and burnt caramel-coffee throughout. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. Its not GI BCS, but its in the same realm. Very well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Growler sampled at BPS tasting.
A perfectly balanced BA stout that retains tons of stout flavors while adding strong bourbon notes in the background. Semi dry roasted with a smooth bourbon finish. It does have a strong alcohol burn that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is mostly flat, but is full bodied with a silky and thick texture. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
12 oz. @ Brouwers. I like my bourbon barrels boozy and this one doesnt disappoint. If anything, it tastes too much like bourbon. But its not a dealbreaker. Everything I could want from an imperial stout and only better with age (2008 vintage).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu (9781) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: APR 22, 2011 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. I was excited to see this one show up. The regular IRS from Stone isnt my favorite imperial stout, but I was really curious to try this version. Turns out the regular one is seriously improved with the barrel treatment, as big vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes pop in the aroma and flavor, and the nice chocolate and coffee roasted malts, molasses, earth, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes all come through in harmony. Full-bodied, with a sweet, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. Dont listen to lushawn- he sucks- because this is awesome. RE-RATE, 4/21/11: What do you know? I was right, Shawn was wrong. No rating change for me. Sampled again at the Stone Total Tap Takeover at iTap-Soulard for the MO release of Stone. Bourbon-barrel imperial stouts dont get much better than this in flavor and on the palate. Truly an amazing example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
FOBAB-2010. 2008. big sweet, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. pretty straight forward. body held up well to barrel. nice light roast with a kick of tar. good balance. not terribly exciting or unique, but a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ddemmingjr (798) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 On tap at cleveland beer week.light bourbon on the nose.chocolate stout but really smooth.this is an epic beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Appearance: Black, viscous-looking, leg-producing body with a quietly receding, dark brown head. Smell: Big, beautiful bourbon presence on the nose marrying well with the robust dark roasted malts notes. Its altogether inviting. Taste: From start to finish, its a sweet, earthy roastiness stirred up with slowly melted barkers chocolate chunks, vanilla beans, burnt caramel sauce, dark brown sugar, oak wood (with some tannins breaking through), dark fruits, chilled coffee, shaved coconut and a fair share of burgeoning alcohol warmth. Its all quite bold, but it still maintains a quiet, easy-going mellowness. Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very nice. Look, I love Stone Russian Imperial Stone, but the deliciousness of the bourbon barrel version has been the highpoint of my beer drinking in the last several months. Oh, if only all the barrel-aged stouts could turn out this well.

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