Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber at my brother's wedding. Deep prime and toffee with bourbon. Slick and boozy with a big coffee finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
growler - big, big thanks to weaheavySD for the trade; if i think of the pure joy that ratebeer can provide, this is the perfect example; a traded something, outrageous perhaps, for something that was equally outrageous is my mind; regardless, a growler of a bourbon-aged russian imperial stout shows up to me from some brew pub more than 1,200 miles away; and not that you need an excuse, but provided a good one to get together with a few other raterbeerians and savor in the sticky goodness of a truly kick ass RIS; poured out like motor oil with tan head varying from thick to thin; huge aromas of chocolate, molasses, teriyaki, bourbon, wood, etc. with a different combo each sniff; lots of bourbon, but never overwhelming; drinks oaty, sweet and creamy, syrupy, rich; just about everything and big in every way; wow, it really blew me away and was a beer you could get lost in as you savored each sip; memorable to the last drop; thanks jon for providing the adventure
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Stone, RBSG. Stark black pour, light tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is surprisingly balanced between bourbon, oak, roast, and alcohol, none of them overpowering. The barrel is more apparent in the taste, but still allows the chocolate and roast, plus some vanilla, to come through. Creamy palate. Excellent.
Prufrockstar (1578) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008, on tap at brouwers. Aroma of dark fruit, bourbon, molasses, chocolate. Deep dark color, still surface, small ring of bubbles, some irregular lacing. Taste: dark fruit, chocolate, nice roast bitterness, bourbon, some nicely placed oxidation (I think - if not oxidation, let's call it " old aged beeriness"). Slick texture, full body, decent carbonation. Overall: this is quite nice, even after 5 years.
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DietPepsican (1545) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This made a great friday morning breakfast. Thanks to wetherel for the hand bottle. Black pour with thin tan head. Heavy chocolate in the aroma, with oak, bourbon, and alcohol rounding it out. Flavor was much less sweet and bourbony than the aroma lead on. Smoke, tobacco, some chocolate, toffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Thick boozy finish. Very nice.
gEUS (1538) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage - poured from a bomber into tasting glass. Aroma of wood and vanilla. Lots of bourbon kills the taste of the beer (while I really like the straight Stone RIS), which is a bit of a pity.
wchesser (1534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel Aged on tap at Rackhouse Pub, Denver.
No head. Dark black opaque. Lots of bourbon and oak vanilla notes, a bit of roasted dark malt. Very well balanced. Not a lot of the stout shows through unfortunately, but the bourbon doesn’t overwhelm. Stout carries it well, but isn’t strong enough to represent itself equally. Alcohol dangerously well integrated. Delicious beer. Had it with a whiskey bbq chicken sandwich with bacon-good pairing, but this would be just as good with a chocolate dessert.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in a small glass, this beer has a medium-brown head and a very soft aroma, as it should. Light and smooth with a touch of chocolate, it’s classy with hints of anise and/or other spices present in the nose. It’s light in the mouth and still retains quite a great amount of flavor over all these years. If this ages any longer I’m thinking it’s going to start losing some of its great flavor profile. Otherwise, it almost, simply, tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout cut down to two-thirds of its original potency. So… this is what happens to IRS when it ages! Definite barrel characteristics are present, but they’re not too woody… the beer was carefully aged in that barrel. There’s nothing like a bourbon barrel aged beer, and this is very much a well-done one. The finish is very clean and smooth, almost a little empty. But the residual flavor is almost ghostly in character, with cocoa and some faint hints of liquor. Alcohol itself, though, is not present at all, allowing for a truly beautiful experience.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Served on tap at the Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration. The whole reason I purchased then Rare Beer Section ticket was for my speculation that this personal whale would be served so I was stoked to see it on the list. The first sample of the day for me. The appearance is a full rich black with a huge creamy tan head. The nose is full of delicious bourbon, chocolate, oak. The flavors are also full of that rich bourbon, prunes, chocolate, oats. This is still a touch hot but fabulous and really smooth.
Resampled at Downtown Johnny Browns. It was the 2008 version and it was lacking a lot of what the first experience had. The bourbon was not really there and it tasted more like a couple year old regular version. Wonder if it was mislabeled. My score reflects the original tasting.
Resampled again at Winter Storm 2011 and this beer was every bit as good or better then the first time. Such a great full bodied malt profile that hits all the delicious heavy roasted flavors, mostly the dark chocolates. The bourbon is so smooth and rich with vanilla and a nice wood note as well. I could drink this everyday and want for not. Please have this more more appearances!!
coldbrewky (1517) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber via Stefanje the magnanimous. Lurked in the fridge foe a good long while until i could get my proper venue. CreMy and big bodied. This was a welcome break during the drywalling/mudding extravaganza. Shared with the boys. Bourboun is mellow and must be pulled from glass. Boozy and you know it. Totay enjoyable. Woo hoo!