beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color. Small sized tan head with great retention and amazing long lasting lacing. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar and oak. WOW. Full bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla and oak and dark fruit blend well in this beer. The hops are earthy. The bourbon flavor is pronounced but not overbearing. Extremely well balanced. Very smooth tasting. The 10% alcohol is not that noticeable. Complex yet very drinkable. As good as Stones regular Russian Imperial Stout is this one is way better. Incredible beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
IrishBoy (3725) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Bistroís West Coast BA Fest, 11/10/07; Nose was very woody without much bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and light coffee notes; Pitch black with a big cinnamon head; flavor of oakiness, very light bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 (sampled @ bistros barrel aged fest)black body with no head.light oak in the aroma followed byall the complexity you get out of the regular stone impy.although everything is more balanced and melts together.the flavor is much of the same.again everything melts together almost perfectly.i love the regular stone impy and this is even better.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: IRS 2008, Bourbon Barrel
Date: February 09, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: light bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor well balanced with the bourbon character, nice chocolate coming through
Name: IRS 2008, Bourbon Barrel
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: brewvival brewfest
Score: 3.5 to 4.1
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma, dark fruits, touch of roast
Flavor: sweet bourbon flavor, balancing roast, vanilla sweetness
Name: IRS 2008, Bourbon Barrel
Date: October 07, 2010
after drinking a liter of this over two days I can safely say this is still the best stone ever
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to all my friends at Stone! 2007 IRS aged three months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel. Black with quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, bourbon. Thick, syrupy full body palate with a silky smoothness as swallowed. Initial taste of sweet caramel, chocolate, and vanilla transitioning to a remarkable bourbon taste with very subtle oak notes and finishing with an enjoyable bitterness and a lingering alcoholic warmth. An extraordianry beer!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF 07. Had multiple samples since it lasted longer than some other kegs. Pours the same as thier regular RIS, although the head faded a bit and didnt leave much lacing. Aroma is nice and rich with chocolates, nuts, light coffee hint, bourbon and oak were only there in moderate amounts- hints of vanilla as it warmed up. Flavor has tons of the usual chocolate malts, caramel swetnes, roasty dryness, some fruity esters, hops are diminished in this version, vanilla, tannins, woody, vanilla, lighlty buttery oak, bourbon and a touch of alcohol. I think the bourbon and wood thinned out the body a bit which hurt it a bit, but otherwise this was pretty damn good.
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Draught at EBF 2/9/07
Somebody get on the horn to Stone immediately. I think hell just froze over because this is a subtley done, bourbon-aged beer. Isnít that going against their policy? I was expecting to get knocked down by bourbon.
Great-looking beer. Well-conditioned/settled beer shows medium to medium-high clarity, light carbonation and a dark, black cola appearance with a tan head that is moderately-well retained and laces somewhat.
Soft smokiness and light saltiness in the nose fade in to an anise-laced chocolate-caramel maltiness with a moderate backing of sweet pale malt sugars. Where is the bourbon? Havent found it yet, Iím impressed! Light raisins and bits of prunes and boysenberries show up escorting vanilla and more chocolate-cola notes (chocolate/caramel-cola seems to be at the heart of this beer). Not much ashiness or char in this one, which is fine with me, but a solid, balanced level of roastiness that balances the sweeter malt tones and helps dry things out in general. Low hop levels, only some light wintergreen-like hop oils. Bourbon is just phenomenally integrated. The vanilla and bourbon flavors are only minor aspects of the nose. Medium-high to high strength, surprisingly well-concealed alcohol.
And the bourbon adds only minor aspects to the flavor, thankfully. The bourbon only comes out right before the finish, just a slight oily/oaky dryness with pinches of wood tannin sharpness and light cocoa/vanilla. It lingers on the finish, but is joined by chocolate and roasted malts, both dry and slightly salty. It starts out a bit subdued, but all the better for it, as the flavor crescendo is immensely enjoyable. Lots of chocolate, some raisins and prunes from the base beer and a bit of a brusque, crystal-malt-like dryness (could just be the filtration). Lots to describe. I donít even remember what my favorite vintage was any more, but itís like the best vintage of their RIS aged subtley in bourbon barrels. No extreme sweetness, roast, hop, char, bourbon, tannin, chocolate. Clean, no yeastiness and a very elegant mouthfeel for an imperial stout with moderate carbonation and a minimally chewy texture. Damn, the more I write about it, the more I realize how awesome it was.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
EBF 2007: Black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma, bourbon, oak, some vanilla, and some coffee. Flavor, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, there was a roasted coffee to it as well on the finish. Full bodied, very nice brew.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Firkin Fest in Beserkeley.
One of the best beers I have evr tasted. Strong aroma of toffe and asmoked whiskey as well as cocoa. Super smooth, flavors again of bourbon, matlts, a bit of coffee and cocoa. Sweet and tart at the same time, very complex, a rare treat. As I understand it this was a very rare event that one of these got tapped.
smcd (366) - USA - APR 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draft from firkin by gravity. 04/2006). A tasty, deep, dark brew with a huge body and big aromas of coffee and bourbon. Delicate? I think not, aspidites! Delicate like a freight train (albeit one just around the hill). Huge aromas of espresso, oak, bourbon and chocolate. "Delicate" on the tougne -- but more because it was served from the cellar temperature firkin than because this beer dances like a ballerina. Very well-balanced and a definite hit. Bottling it would be a shame ... it is SO good from the cask!