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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Just one wooden barrel of this beer was produced. The beer is Stone Imperial Russian Stout, and it was aged for about a year in a used bourbon barrel. From that wooden cask, we were only able to keg up very little. Expect to see the next appearance of this at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens after it opens early this summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (515) - - JUN 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iphonephan (3632) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2007) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1494) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3085) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bpasquini (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
APPEARANCE: Pours like oil, slow and thick, pitch black in color, leaves a good size espresso colored head that leaves little lacing around the glass, when you look at this beer you feel like you are staring into an abyss! AROMA: Tons of chocolate, booze, bourbon, some anise, tobacco, caramel, and vanilla. This beer makes its’ presence known once you pop the cork! The best part about the aroma to this beer is that it is strong and does not fade, most other stouts have a smell that becomes faint after a minute or two of pouring, but this one is brash and in your face the whole time! It’s superb! TASTE: Woah... Upfront there is loads of bourbon mixed with a perfect amount of booze, in the middle you get an awesome amount of chocolate, vanilla, a little anise, and caramel, then on the finish you get everything from the beginning and middle all perfectly mixed together with an addition of a hint of tobacco and hop bitterness, as it goes down you get a nice warmth from the booze. This beer is pretty well balanced with the characteristics that can make it unenjoyable, but for things that it needs plenty of to make it outstanding, and it has plenty of those ingredients! Superb transitions of flavors, and it gets even smoother as it warms as well! Definitely one of the best barrel aged stouts I have had! OVERALL: Phenomenal beer from Stone! I wish I can get my hands on more of these! You have to try this! Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2656) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Finally! An enormous thank you to GT2 for alerting me that this beer was in the market. Thank to RussianDragon and Jesse for hooking me up with a bunch of these. you guys are awesome. The beer is near black with a thick, oily, beige head. Sparse lacing. The aroma offers big bourbon and oak notes, with chocolate and roast. Sweet chocolate with a grandiose bourbon presence. Sweetness is calmed by a graceful alcoholic warmth in the finish. A delightful beer to sip. At near 14%, I can make this last the duration of the hockey game (Blackhawks vs. Kings game 7). Go Hawks! Overall, an outstanding beer and top notch example of the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2014
500ml bottle from Oceanside Stone shop. Batch 03, 2013. Jet Black with small tan head. Big chocolate aromas mixed with Bourbon. Chocolate milkshake flavors balanced with smooth Bourbons. Damn good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle acquired via trade with Im908! Has all the looks of The regular version...dark Hershey’s syrup pour, creamy texture, dense tiny bubbles of liquid chocolate coat the top of the brew. Aroma is of fudge, brownie batter, oak, vanilla, and subtle bourbon. The bourbon is a bit more pronounced in the flavor and melds well with the base beer. Melts on the palate. A really good beer but top 50?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Vandet (13) - Maine, USA - MAY 21, 2014
What could be more perfect than one of the finest RISs in the world, finally available in a bourbon-barrel aged release? This lives up to the expectations. Enough said. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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