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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. More balanced than the stone 12th anniversary bourbon barrel. Loads of smoky vanilla bourbon... Legendary. One of the top bourbon stouts there is.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Poured from a 2006 growler courtesy of throwitallaway. Big, big thanks Dustin! Pours like used motor oil with a dense one-inch brown head. Huge nose on this one with a big bourbon aroma to complement vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar and roasted malts. Bourbon hits even harder in the taste then eases into the roasted malts and smeet molasses and vanilla before finishing with a slight coffee bitterness and, of course, the bourbon. Mouthfeel is super smooth with the bourbon really making its presence felt on the tongue. This is one big mother of a beer and I am glad I was given the opportunity to try it. Definitely a sipper, but a damn fine one.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1934) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Sampled at a tasting. Pitch black pour, thin espresso head. Smells like bourbon, maple syrup, espresso, caramel and coconut. Tastes like bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, dark cherries, vanilla and coconut. Soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Tap @ Bistro in Hayward: Incredible! Jet black with a tan head. Sweet vanilla flavors with a little chocolate. The roasted nutty chocolate aftertaset calls you back sip after sip. There is a real "cool vibe" to this one. This one rivals Full Sail Black Gold BB Aged!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1910) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2015
50cl bottle with huge thanks to Bursprak!! Pours an oily pitch black with a medium sized, brown, short lasting head. Aroma has just lots of bourbon! Coco nut, butter, vanilla, lots of dark dried fruits, but also some more fresh, dark berry like fruits, big, dry chocolate aroma, coffee, slight licorice and quite a bit of roast! Taste is very sweet up front, but has lots of dry notes with both a slightly burning alcohol, dry bourbon character, dark, dry chocolate and a huge vanilla and buttery bourbon finish. Body is very full, but lots of dry notes balances it out greatly! lots of heat as well. Medium low carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Growler. Finally, this had to be a top want since I heard of its existence. Love the regular version so much that this just couldnt be bad. It certainly did not disappoint. Aroma is so sweet, elegant, light vanilla and bourbon. So smooth right away. The flavor is awesome. Rich and smooth with some wood and light bourbon that has become sweet and mellow with hints of vanilla and silky chocolate. Finishes clean with no lingering off flavors at all. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1879) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger - deep black pour, arouma of prunes, dates, raisins. Smokey black malts, sweet, raisins. Bitter chocolate, plenty of vanilla and oak. Pepper and woody with plenty of peaty earth. A little hot at the finish, for my tastes.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wetherel (1871) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Shared with too many ratebeerians to list (see event attendies)Wow. Incredible aroma. I loved smelling this. I shared the smell with everyone who hadnt got to it yet. My favorite of the festival (and of all time). I think I should change my rating to 5.0. Hmmmm. Some hints of oxidation in a most pleasant way. Los of chocolate in the aroma, but no unpleasant roastiness. Creamy thick microbubble awesome dark tan head. Pitch black liquid is thick. Sweet and incredible rich malty dark fruit complex flavor. I love Stone RIS. I really love aged Stone RIS, and I really, really love Barrel Aged Stone RIS. Nothings perfect, but this deserved a 5. Tried again on tap today at Stone. Picked up a growler as well. Awesome! Same rating.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Had this on the eve of the August 27th JOs release. Big thanks to Jason for sharing this. 08 vintage from growler. ~4 oz from a tasting snifter. 3.5 A: Black. Pour yielded no head. 4.5 S: The barrel aging is done extremely well. The bourbon portion is perfect. Incredibly smooth with leather, melon, prune, and plum. However, the underlying stout cant stand tall alongside. Some chocolate and roast, but does not seem to have the subtleties that the regular has at this age. Still, bourbon forward or not, smells delicious. 3.5 T: I have no idea where the Stone IRS went. This tastes a bit like watered down bourbon rather than a bourbon enhanced stout. Theres just a little chocolate and a little roast. However, the bourbon itself makes this still taste great. Leather, melon, prune, and plum. Alcohol is very well hidden. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier though. 3.5 D: Decent, but stout that cant stand tall above barrel treatments should not be put into barrels. Im completely shocked that Stone IRS is one of these. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 08-31-2011 23:11:14

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at the Bistro. Pours pitch black, with a small, swirly, light tan head. Smells of rich, creamy, vanilla, light chocolate cream, dark malt, roast, and bourbon. The flavor is much the same. Very oily and fullbodied. The bourbon isnt overpowering, but blends really nicely with the rest of its characters. Some chocolate and dark malts are very noticeable behind the bourbon, with the roastiness not as apparent in the flavor. Just a really well done barrel aged brew. Not a whole lot of flaws in this one.


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