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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cuso (6247) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 Bottle as Stone Fyodor’s Classic, kindly shared by MisoW and StefanSD, huge thanks, guys. Almost black color with thick beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice in aroma. Taste, dark malt, chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, cocoa butter, licorice, prunes. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Long coffee and chocolate bitter finish. Extremely tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (72) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 2014 vintage Stone RIS aged in bourbon barrels . Opaque and black as a moonless midnight. Light brown hues along the edges of the glass and even after an aggressive pour only a couple bubbles rise to the surface. No lacing. Heavy bittersweet chocolate dominate the aroma with bourbon also detectable. Ridiculous flavors of baker?s chocolate, vanilla, possibly some oak, and whiskey tantalize the palate. Medium bodied, though close to full, brew with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and perfect sweetness balancing the bitterness. Wonderfully crafted bourbon barrel aged russian imperial stout by Stone that will satisfy those with a desire for well hidden big bold alcoholic stouts and those with a sweet tooth. Well done! Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (1033) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
(Thanks Stefan, "StefanSD") Bottle. A- Bourbon, boozy, dark fruits, cherries, oak, milk chocolate. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Bourbon, oak, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth boozy finish. O- First off, I hated Stone RIS. In fact it is one of my lowest RIS beers rated so far. So I was a little apprehensive with this. A 2014 bottle labeled as Fyodor’s Classic. Holy shit. This was phenomenal. Tons and tons of bourbon but not abrasive. Somehow a 14% beer went down smoother than about anything I’ve ever had. So balanced and complex and easy to drink. How I wish I had more of this!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (814) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
When you read that a beer has an ABV of 13.9%, "smooth" is not the word you expect to use when describing it. Yet, that’s exactly Fyodor’s Classic is: a masterwork of balance. With a nose that reveals as much cherry, currant, and plum as it does roasted malt, bourbon, and oak, you know that Stone’s barrel-aged creation is going to be one-of-a-kind. And it is. Dark fruits (especially cherry), caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and the sweeter aspects of bourbon. While this Stout wasn’t particularly heady (a side effect of all the booze and the age), there was a lot of goodness packed into its darkness. This is an Imperial Russian Stout that is worthy of Dostoyevsky’s name.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Pours an opaque black with tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, coffee, wood, and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pizza Port Strong Ale fest 2007. WOW. Creamy, chocolatey, smooth, silky, some vanilla, a beer fantasy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Wonderful thick black pour, medium tan head.....very thin. Wonderful licorice, rich coffee and roasted barley notes in the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2008 Vintage 2006. On-tap at Stone 5/12 and 5/13/08. Pours dark brown with a thin, creamy light brown head. Smells awesome. Lots of vanilla, wood, bourbon, and a little bit of toasty malt. Tastes sweet, vanilla, chocolate and wood up front with a biting bourbon, alcohol and roasty malt finish. Medium to full body, not overly thick, nice carbonation. Definitely a top 3 barrel aged beer. 10-4-9-4-19=4.6

Vintage 2007. On-tap at Stone 8/4 and 8/5/08. Pours very dark brown/black with a thin, offwhite head. Smells dark and roasty malty with a hint of vanilla and bourbon/alcohol. Tastes roasty malty with a huge, sweet, vanilla, wood and bourbon through the middle to the finish. A little warming alcohol on the finish as well. Full body, good carbonation. 7-3-7-3-16=3.6

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Many thanks to Dunk for the 1L growler! Poured deep brown with a short cap of rich tan head. The aroma was to die for.. sweet vanilla and bourbon perfectly integrated with the stout.. semi-sweet and darker chocolates at the core with coffee and molasses as well.. toasty oak emerged with warmth and joined more bourbon at the back. The flavor held serve with a base of sweeter chocolates and molasses.. the edges held vanilla and lightly sour bourbon and oaky notes that built in prominence toward the back.. chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and light coffee bitterness.. left a long, lightly-smoked bourbon and chocolatey impression on the finish. Heavier-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving properly across the palate.. some sourness from the bourbon and oak that was very well presented.. just phenominal all around!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Hand bottle marked 06, generously shared by sloth, who always out does me. The pour was dead on for the style in color, a bit still on the effervescence/carbonation leading me to think this was a little spent in the bottle, hopes dashed a tad. The aroma, though, was wonderful, excellent oak, cedar (undoubtedly this, and Bert nailed that first), bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate notes teasing the nose, raising hopes back up. The flavor kicked buttocks, surpassing all expectations and leading me to want more: all of the aroma was there in the flavor along with a chocolate dustiness that was quite nice. Absolutely no hint of oxidation at all, just a great production in its prime of drinking. Mouthfeel was full and a little flat, but surprisingly this thing wasn’t cloying or sticky one bit, despite the lack of carbonation and aging (absence) of any hops. Right on, Bert, thanks so much for sharing this one with me. I shall declare this my honorary/symbolic 2k beer.

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