sic1314 (3647) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At DYE tasting. Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of vanilla smoothness, roast malt, light smooth berries. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma,lightly bitter.
jmgreenuk (4798) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag, courtesy of Kermis. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, boozy alcohol and molasses. The flavour is strong bitter with a strong rich creamy malt alcoholic bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a rich oily mouthfeel. A superb beer that fully justifies it’s rating.
deanso (5580) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle shared @THT courtesy of Kermis, big thanks!
Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Bourbon notes. Very smooth. A lovely beer. Every sip was a delight. Awesome!
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by samg, thanks dude! pours very dark brown with a small and reviving dark crema, some lacing. burnt hazelnuts, nicely roasted malts, some charred malts too, well integrated bourbon - never overdone, sweet cacao nibs and tobacco leaves, molasses, resin, pepper, warming booze. low carbonation, medium to full body - oily and a bit sticky, bold bitter coffee-resinous finish. much enjoyed!
knickskicks (760) - - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, tan head, high carb. Nose is initially of sewage, vegetal. Chocolate and bourbon barrel as it warms up. Taste is fudge sundae, bourbon, oak. Medium-full silky palate.
RussianDragon (506) - - JUN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. A huge thanks to Jesse for sending this my way! This beer is now called "Fyodor’s Classic", and vintage is 2013’s IRS aged in bourbon barrels. Presented in a handsome cork and cage 500 ml bottle with a beautiful artistic rendition of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow behind the name of the beer. This is part of Stone’s "Quingenti Millilitre 2014 Series", and is named for Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "one of the greatest, most influential novelists of Russia’s Golden Age."
And on to the beer. Pours a nearly pitch black with a thick rocky chocolate brown head comprised of various sized bubbles. This diminished fairly quickly, leaving sparse lacing and a small-bubble trace of head. Light passes as deep crimson hues on the glass when backlit, but only at the rim of the glass.
Aroma is big and somewhat boozy - Chocolate, bourbon, oak, roasted malt and char. I am reminded of the complex roasty sweet aromas of a campfire.
Flavor is gigantic and warming: Giant bourbon upfront, bittersweet chocolate, oak and vanilla sweetness. Alcohol is present, but isn’t bothersome. The flavors are intensified by the warming alcohol. Thin to medium bodied, roasty, bitter finish. Outstanding and world class.
Iphonephan (3543) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavors of bourbon, oak, dark plums, and caramel. Viscous and oily mouthfeel. Smooth, roasty finish. Sublime.
Minderbinder (1964) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500ml [Classic 2014] Thx SamG.
Pours pitch black with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of caramel, alcohol, malt, sugar, barley sugar, molasses, bourbon. Taste is of caramel, alcohol (warming), molasses, bourbon. Palate: Full bodied, light carbonation. Overall: Very good. Tasty. Nice malt features.
mathieuc (1450) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by SamGenest, thanks! Pours a dark brown with a low head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of bourbon, coconut, vanilla roasted malt and hot alcohol. Taste is indeed hot and slightly oxidized to my palate, offer caramel and bourbon notes. Alcohol gets a lot distracting after a while. Body is full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel sticky and thick. Good overall but they could have made it a smaller beer no problem. Without all that booze it woulf have been awesome.
tom10101 (3017) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy bottle (500 ml) labeled as Fyodor’s Classic 2014.. Shared by Sam, thanks! Black with a low brown head and little to no lacing. Aroma is quite complex with bourbon, fruity notes, vanilla, boozy notes, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is also of bourbon along molasses, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, light fruitiness and alcohol. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Warming finish. Very good RIS. Quite complex. Not too hot despite the warming alcohol presence. Tasty. I think I still prefer the regular Stone RIS.