Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour, dense tan head. Very tempting strong, boozey aroma that blasts you with the expected vanilla, wood, and roastiness. Very vanilla forward, but never too sweet. Has some of the dark cherry and anise flavor I associate with Stone’s RIS, lots of roasty char and a oakey barrel flavors. Despite the strength of the various components, particularly the big vanilla bourbon hit at the start, this retains a lot of complexity. Rich mouthfeel without too much detectable alcohol. First beer I had at the SIB, and a tough act to follow.
Prufrockstar (957) - 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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hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival ’07. My sampling of this beer was precluded by Oak Aged Yeti, how insane is that? Labeled on the tap list as Oaked Imperial Russian Stout. First impression of this beer = DAMN! Pours extremely viscous pitch black with some reddish lace, very sticky; it even left legs on the sides of my glass. Sugary bourbon, oak and vanilla extract notes in the aroma, with coffee and toasted marshmallow. Extremely smooth flavor that slips from one flavor to the next at each sip. Rich dark chocolate cake, whiskey, more coffee and burnt wood. Very warm and smooth finish, you can still taste this stuff literally 5 minutes after each sip. Highly impressive! I was stoked to try this as my second beer of the day...considering I was wrecked 2 hours later. Probably the best brew of the Festival right here.
daleharshman (908) - 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)
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Handbottle] from tytoanderso. Pours deep block with a small tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is very smooth with a medium mouthfeel, alcohol, bourbon, oak, rich dark chocolate, and cocoa.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Poured fairly dark black with only small hints of a tan head. The aroma is a bit lacking, but fairly nice. Bourbon tones mix well with the sweet malts and some roast or maybe a bit of wood. The palate is a bit thicker than I remember the regular RIS, but still feels a bit thin. The flavour is seriously lacking, the barrel aging hasn’t helped it much. There is some wood aged-ness to this and small hints of bourbon. Overall it’s just not really very good.
RBSG 2008 Update. Wow, this is a different animal. Very smooth, well blended, chocolate, vanilla, some alcohol and bourbon. I do not know what happened to the growler I drank from originally but it must have been something bad. It’s quite good straight from the source.
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Fyodor’s Classic batch 3. Pours an inky black with a bubbly tan head. Big boozy aroma, of wood, bourbon, toasted malt, dark fruits. Taste is rich, of sweet malt, brown sugar, oak, and a big bourbon foundation. Lingering sweet bourbon and wood. Very nice.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/22/2011. Served on tap in a snifter at Acre.
As expected, this is pitch black with just a hint of mahogany and ruby in the edges.
The aroma is full of bourbon; it is in the forefront to the point where it kind of drowns out the other wonderful smells. Molasses, dark fruits, and a bit of anise and chocolate are pushed to the periphery.
The flavor is again a bit strong on the bourbon for me, considering that the base beer is so good. It starts strong and stays on the palate through each sip. Behind that, some molasses and vague dark fruit sweetness start out, with vanilla, oak, and roasted malt rounding out the front. The roasted malt has a tinge of burnt character and flows into a coffee bitterness nicely as the sip progresses. The finish is lightly bitter with more bourbon.
This has a dry, woody, oaky feel, which makes it feel less full bodied than the original. Medium carbonation is on the creamy side.
If I had this on its own, it would be a fine beer. The only issue is that Stone had the audacity to make IRS so good that drowning the flavor out with bourbon is a downgrade. Some people might like the bourbon treatment to be over the top, but I prefer it to be more nuanced.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 2006 vintage growler, with a HUGE THANK YOU to Kyle (doubleo) for the hookup on this rare treat! Pours an oily black with a creamy two finger tan head that drifts down to a whispy but persistent covering, no lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses, espresso, and subtle but perfectly integrated bourbon and oak notes. Flavor brings out more of the bourbon and oak, but it is very well balanced against more chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Wow, this one lives up to the hype for me, thanks again Kyle!
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of toffee, coffee beans, barrel wood, raisins, plums and faint vanilla. Pitch black appearance with a thin foam rim and nice lacing against the glass. Taste is slick molasses and coffee bean oil upfront with complex notes of milk chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, toffee, nutty malts, smoke and strong barrel wood on the palate. Finish is boozey with residual milk chocolate. Overall, very boozey with lots of bourbon coming through as it warms. The barrel notes really compliment the original brew. A rating.