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Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 388
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 09-20-2009)
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3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle filled at the brewery and brought over by forgetfu for the pre-TdG'13 bash. At least I think that's who it was...

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out black with a small, bubbly, dark tan head that slowly fades to a ring only. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring only and leaves some dots down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel for sure. Some milk chocolate as well, though bourbon and caramel take the lead role here. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Some roasted barley up front, then some bourbon barrel flavors, vanilla and oak at the swallow. Milk chocolate as well, with a bold finish of bourbon barrrel and alcohol. Tasty, though the barrel does take the leading roll.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, decent going down and finishes rather dry on the palate. Decent enough here.

OVERALL: This was really nice. I'm not a massive fan of the base beer, but the bourbon barrel aging, which was rather up front I must admit, made the beer generally more enjoyable. I'd love to do this side-by-side with the regular version, so let's hope Stone decides to release the barrel aged version en mass one day. Hint hint. Thanks again forgetfu, or whoever brought this to wherever I was.

Jeffo, May 28, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Bourbon Barrel aged version

A- Black with mocha colored head. Good head retention/lacing,

S- Chocolate, sweetness.

T- Sweet chocolate, roasted malts. Hints of coffee. Bourbon barrel finish. Boozy.

M- Extremely thick mouthfeel.

D/O- Drinkability is low but a pretty special aged beer here. It reminded me a lot of '10 BCS. After I finished this I couldn't stomach another impy stout, even though there were others I wanted to try.

Duff27, Jan 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Portland International Beerfest. Two tickets at $1 each got you a 4oz pour of this. On-tap for the couple days I went, and I had a bunch of it. 2008 batch aged in Elijah Craig barrels.

A: Black with dark brown edges, nice finger of head recedes to a glass ring, no lacing. 4/5

S: Wonderful aroma of coconut, spice, chocolate and massive booze. 4.5/5

T: Heavy on the booze and wood. Possibly the most barrel forward stout I've had. Pepper and ash when cold. Cocoa and caramel are better appreciated as it warms up. 4/5

M: Surprisingly thin side of medium, slightly tongue numbing, spritzy. 3/5

O: A good -bal stout to be sure. Not quite in the echelon of my favorite stouts but a solid example none the less. 4/5

hopsbreath, Aug 23, 2011
Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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