gregwilsonstl (1837) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black. Thin head. Chocolate. Oily. Not sure why this is top 50. Oak. Very drinkable. Tasted at my Outdoor bottle share. Thx robertdale!
Prufrockstar (1812) - 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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cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head.
S-the nose bings loads of roasted malts and some notes of dark chocolate. bourbon and wood play lightly underneath.
T-a touch of dark fruits add some additional balance to the beer, roasty malts are the focus with a bit of bitter dark chocolate. vanilla and oak make a nice presence with a pleasant bourbon finish and touch of heat.
M-full bodied and chewy wit a creamy syrupy texture and soft carbonated finish.
D-pretty well balanced beer with a nice barrel presence adding a fair bit of complexity amongst the roasty stout with light sweetness intermixed.
wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stranahanís 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 doesnít overwhelm. Stout carries it well, but isnít 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.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Samples poured by user Vacax at Bruery 2nd Anniversary via growler.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with small suds. This came from a growler, and I was told the first few glasses poured had a wonderful head.
Aroma: Smokey malts,huge bourbon vanilla caramel notes.
Taste: Sweet bourbon, toast, caramel and roast.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and quite syrupy.
Overall: Very decadent, very sweet, and seemed much thicker than traditional IRS.
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Bistro in Hayward: Incredible! Jet black with a tan head. Sweet vanilla flavors with a little chocolate. The roasted nutty chocolate aftertaset calls you back sip after sip. There is a real "cool vibe" to this one. This one rivals Full Sail Black Gold BB Aged!
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 (sampled @ bistros barrel aged fest)black body with no head.light oak in the aroma followed byall the complexity you get out of the regular stone impy.although everything is more balanced and melts together.the flavor is much of the same.again everything melts together almost perfectly.i love the regular stone impy and this is even better.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From trade. 500 ml bottle as Fyodorís Classic, 2014 Series, Batch No. 3 (2013 RIS. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head on top. Beautiful aroma of anise, vanilla, roast, bourbon, oak, some chocolate. Oh yea. Reminds me a bit of Black Note. Flavor is roast, bourbon, dark fruits, oak, chocolate, anise, light booze, and long lasting vanilla. Really beautiful finish on this one with definite whiskey tones. The mouthfeel is medium--only slightly lacking in body in the style and would love to see the thickness ramped up a tad--with low plus carbonation and a smooth bourbon vanilla warmth down the throat. Really nice, and improves and thickens a bit as it warms. Make sure to let it sit outside the fridge for a but before drinking.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 1 liter swingtop bottle. Inky black pour glowing mahogany around the rim, settling beneath a thin tan film. Hot tangy bourbon aroma; butter, shaved coconut and toasted marshmallow. Malts seem a little hollow; chocolate syrup, cheesecake, graham crackers. Heat of a perfume stripe. Dirty, earthy malt and nutty sweetness in the flavor. Coconut milk. Cocoa nibs. Dry and powdery in general with a wisp of cinnamon; lots of gritty residual sugars. Some minerals, basic alcohol and metallic bitterness; mid palate is weak and lightly astringent. Mouthfeel is medium to full; while seeming made slightly more oily through barrel aging, it lacks severely in malt thickness considering the level of impact the bourbon seems to have had on the flavor. Generally, everything seems pressed by this tangy, hot, acrid quality that cuts through those rich imperial stout nuances and strips them down. Peppery alcohol, chewy roasts and perfume in warm, visceral finish that smacks with some kind of metallic, gritty coffee twang; harsh and simplistic. Thereís a fine line to be balanced when bourbon is in play, and this one just isnít careful enough. Ultimately, itís tiresomely ordinary. Thanks for the opportunity Ty. Next!
Sarlacc83 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Beermongerís Event. Under Fyodorís Classic.
A: Pure black, thin ring of mocha head with swirls on top of the stout, and legs.
N: Huge black licorice. Dominating, really. Big coffee, raisin, currant, cocoa, and roast as the semi-majority shareholders. Bourbon is less pronounced, though it lends a touch of coconut, vanilla, and caramel. Oak is less noticeable, however.
T: Very sweet, slightly bitter, not cloying.
M: Oily, heavy body. Foaming, tickling carbonation. Hidden alcohol.
O: An impressive dark fruit rendition of the IRS. 4 oz is a meal in and of itself, though I have to admit, this goes down fairly smoothly. If the anise flavors werenít so far out of control, Iíd mark it up much higher, but as it is, I donít think it quite competes with the upper tier of the style.