Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour, dense tan head. Very tempting strong, boozey aroma that blasts you with the expected vanilla, wood, and roastiness. Very vanilla forward, but never too sweet. Has some of the dark cherry and anise flavor I associate with Stone’s RIS, lots of roasty char and a oakey barrel flavors. Despite the strength of the various components, particularly the big vanilla bourbon hit at the start, this retains a lot of complexity. Rich mouthfeel without too much detectable alcohol. First beer I had at the SIB, and a tough act to follow.
mcberko (5212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon (though not too overburdening) and sweet roasted malts. Flavour is a whallop of bourbon barrels that have overtaken this brew, with a little smoke / peat - all of which cancels out the roastiness / coffee and everything else in the original. Very nice adaptation, though I prefer the original.
nsquishee (566) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, rich, bourbony, and a bit hoppy. I had a Founders Imperial Stout prior to this and I say the Stone wins that battle. Both good, but the mellow bourbon flavors won me over.
TimE (2940) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OMFG. Tons of uber goodness. Lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, charcoal, toffee, brandy, boozey. Very heavy. Vey much a sippin beer. Very well balanced. Love ris, but this is better. Very warming finish. A true winter warmer, which I am having in June. Wow. Superb. One of the better burbon beers, but a bit too heavy for some.
MadIndian (2278) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! My favorite style from one of the greats. Beautiful black pour with a thin beige head. Aromas of big bourbon, vanilla, wood and roasted malts.
Flavor of Vanilla, butter, chocolate dark fruits with a dry roast and bourbon finish. The blend was sensational. I loved it.
HonusWagner (1130) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has solid bourbon presence and that very charry, roast bitterness characteristic of Stone RIS. Sweetness from the bourbon and some chocolate malt, a bit of vanilla. Damn good.
swoopjones (5220) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Jake Melnicks, Chicago. deep dark pour, khaki head, big roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon notes. bourbon presence seemed to melow the intense roasted flavor of the regular RIS. Very drinkable at 10.8. Good stuff
thomas15 (620) - USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 on tap from both riot room and foundry for stone week. amazing beer. aroma not as strong as expected, but taste was amazing marriage of a great stout and a great barrel. vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, slight hops. beautiful beer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted 4/21/11. The Soulard iTap Stone Total Tap Takeover. Sampler draft. This was on eof my favorites of the night! Pours opaque with a very dark brown hue. Trace ring of khaki head. Aromas of smooth and creamy vanilla and dark roasted malts. Smoke and wood, with an emphasis on the woodiness. Full bodied with an apparent alcohol burn. Well blended between the base Imperial Stout and the Bourbon barrel aging. This one has a huge palate! Thick and rich with burnt malty flavors and coffee nuances. Dark chocolate and fuge. A mild, yet delicious vanilla creaminess. Somewhat earthy malts and sticky, piney hops. Just Wow!
BMan1113VR (7770) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 keg being pour at Oakquinox. Rating number 4900. Pours with a pitch black, completely opaque body with a small tan head that fades to a ring. Aromas are huge: vanilla, wood, cola, cocoa, bitter chocolate, brown sugar and tannins. Flavors on the other hand are a bit more mellow (as mellow as a barrel aged imperial stout can be). Flavors of tar and fudge. Ashy, wood, cola, vanilla bourbon. Still quite warming. Syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Mouthcoating. Well done.