bytemesis (3094) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - thanks GT2! Pours opaque black with a very small dark brown head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is quite lovely, bourbon forward with chocolate and vanilla notes. Medium sweet and light plus bitter, strong bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate again. Medium light body, a bit creamy perhaps. Quite hot. A bit too bourbon forward and a bit too light on the body to be perfect, but pretty darn good.
barn0216 (398) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with bytemesis. Black with small brown head. Sweet cherry bourbon aroma. Similar flavor, tootsie roll, some roasty bitterness, quite hot. Nice attempt, better than the regular IRS, a little too wild though.
conway (1391) - - APR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, wood and booze. Taste is pretty much perfect. Chocolate, bourbon, barrel, Belgian waffles with syrup and butter and moderate fusel burn. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Textbook barrel aged imperial stout. Love it.
John25 (458) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Unbelievable overall. Black. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, and coffee. The taste adds caramel, rich roasted malts, charred oak, vanilla, dark cherry... and more. Very very complex but perfectly balanced. Completely hidden 13.9%. Love this! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kapusil (592) - HUNGARY - APR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.5l bottle as Fyodor’s Classic. Black body, brown head. Aroma of brandy, oak and chocolate. Taste of caramel, dry sherry, chocolate, vanilla and cocoa. Thick body. Big beer, that’s for sure. Awesome!
artmcd8 (1575) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Night and day with the Mikhail’s Odd. I don’t understand how this one is so much better. Bottle thanks to csteele, shared at pre-DLD tasting. Pours a deep dark blackish brown with a tan-brown head. Aromas of vanilla, fudge, soem caramel. Taste is sweet with some bourbon heat. Thick mouth feel.
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a very dark brown wo black with a beige head. Aroma was of bourbon, light smoke, anf fudge. Flavor was similar,very mellow barrel aging, soft vanilla, oak and chocolate. All around tasty beer.
charule (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured black with tan head. Awesome aroma of vanilla bourbon. Very smooth thick bod. Nice balance barrel taste.
Cristobal37 (263) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark as hell without a lot of head. First chocolate milk then heavy booze. Bourbon or brandy aroma and flavor. As it warmed up to the room temperature the vanilla comes out more and more. Really smooth.
DesertDevil (502) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 mL bottle (2014 Fyoder’s Classic). Hot, bourbon-heavy aroma, but the booziness doesn’t overpower the rest of the nose, which includes anise, dark chocolate syrup, light oak, and caramelized molasses. Pours a clear super-dark brown. Delicious taste of dark chocolate, burnt biscuit, moderate aged bourbon, woody oak, some vanilla bean, and a bit of cocoa powder to finish. Slightly chalky and dry palate with a thinner body than the normal IRS. A damn-fine barrel-aged beer right now (April 2014), but I’m curious to see how it develops with some cellar time.