Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 batch, sampled on draft at The Foundry in KC for the Stone MO kickoff. Strongly sweet, roasty, dark chocolate aroma, with much lighter notes of bourbon, vanilla and smoke. Opaque brown-black color, head is nonexistent by this point in time. Flavor is strongly sweet and malty, but the bourbon character is nicely blended and mellowed out after these few years have elapsed, some lingering oak character and strong dark chocolate overtones, finishing with fainter notes of toffee and cherry. Smooth, very low in effervescence, with a coating feel and a very full body. Rather nice, not overpowering, perhaps even a bit subtle, if that’s possible for a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout.
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At iTap Chesterfield. Thanksfully some was left after the Stone night last night. Pours very dark with a rich dense brown head. The aroma has dark chocolate, gentle roastiness, bourbon, vanilla and cream with a nice balance to everything. It has a think smooth velvety body with semi-sharp carbonation giving it a perfect balance. The flavor starts with very smooth roasty malt, vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, dates, figs, smoothed out bitterness and nice alcohol warmth. The finish has lush rich mix of milk and dark chocolate, minor hops, vanilla heavy bourbon and smooth roast. Really nice impy stout.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had 2008 version draft at the stone kick off in St Louis. Pours black with very little to no head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla with hints of chocolate. Flavor is bourbon and vanilla. Beer is still surprisingly hot with bourbon. Overall a great beer.
rader58 (758) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 keg brought in by Greg for special release of Stone to MO. Served 4/19/11. 5oz sample. I was looking forward to this...and rightly so. Pours a dark black. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, caramel. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Wonderfully balanced and flavorful. I really enjoyed. The bourbon has mellowed well over time and the vanilla comes through with the chocolate flavors.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft at Rattle n Hum for Stone event back in late 2010. Pours a dark, almost black, brown colour. Very rich looking, like a liquer. Power bourbon aroma with caramel, dark fruits, malt. Flavour of butterscotch/caramel, bourbon, dark fruits. Very smooth and palatable.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours black / dark brown with some brown head. Strong bourbon aroma, sweet malt, caramel, booze, dark fruit, some roasted malt. Taste is light malt sweetness up front that gives way to the bourbon and an alcoholic bite that leaves your tongue tingling, finishes warm with a light bitterness and some chocolate. Very flavorful and complex, quite a treat.
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage on draft at Downtown Johnny Brown’s during the second annual San Diego Beer Week (November 2010). Served in a Delirium Tremens glass with pink elephants, interestingly. Pours pitch black with a whisper of mocha brown head. Aroma is grainy roasted malts, smoky bourbon, some chocolate. There is also an aroma of medical alcohol pad and the boozy smell is a little distracting. Flavor also has some alcohol taste and burn along with lightly smoky malts and bits of chocolate and coffee. Good, but in the end, the alcohol is too much in this...I prefer the smoothness of the regular IRS. (207, 495)
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Pracna for their Stone launch party. It was the 2008 vintage. Black in color with a small khaki head. Sweet vanilla, oak, chocolate, molasses fill the aroma. Pretty solid aroma. Flavor is way to sweet for me. Lots of chocolate and bourbon with some oak towards the finish. My friend said she thought it was very coconut like in the flavor. The oak in the finish gave a strange dry finish to me. Medium heavy body. Slightly boozy but not overpowering. Overall this was a little bit of a let down.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 on tap at Pracna in Minneapolis. Dark black pour, lasting creamy head and a good aroma of chocolate/booze. Flavor is heavy on the sweet bourbon, thick and creamy coffee and chocolate malt base and finishes with a slightly warming boozy aftertaste. Not a huge fan of the regular version, but this was really enjoyable.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 IRS, IRS 10th Anniversary Blend, IRS 10th Anniversary GK’s Mad Man Mix, and IRS Aged In Bourbon Barrels all tasted side by side at Churchkey last night.
Beer is black with a nice head that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.
This beer only has a hint of bourbon to it and the rest is mostly sweetness.
Beer is nice, creamy, minimally bourbon but its still really good. The bourbon elevates the base beer well, I think the base is a 2008, its easy drinking and has this great sweetness to it on the front end. I would definitely have this again.
Serving type: on-tap