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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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.

arjoseph's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
RBSG 2008 and Stone’s new bistro. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of IRS to begin with (it’s aight), which is maybe why I wasn’t blown away by this. Barrel fruit and spice on the nose, like boozy, prickly heavily peppered pork sausage. Pretty astringent in the mouth, but nice; chocolate notes are great and rich; brown sugar; a little acidic from the bourbony fruit. Not super-full, the carbonation is soft and foamy. It’s definitely very bourbon-forward; the barrel character certainly does not get lost in the beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
connor0415 (65) - - NOV 5, 2015
The base beer is my favorite RIS so I may be a bit biased but this is a pretty awesome beer. The bourbon barrel notes are extremely balanced and add to the wonderful complexity that is stone’s RIS. Pours pitch black with a beige head that disipates quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles clinging to the edges of the snifter. The smell is filled with vanilla, coconut, sweet cherries, and an oak bourbon flavor. The flavor has some cocoa, vanilla, anise and bourbon. There’s a good balance of sweetness from the barrels and bitterness from the base beer. The beer is very thick with a slight boozy sting on the tongue. The only thing I could hope for is version with espresso or chocolate to pump up those flavors because they didn’t seem very pronounced in the beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle pour at the source. Pour it Black. Nearly black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak. Flavor is dark chocolate, over extracted coffee, a hint of coconut, bourbon, oak. Very tasty and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2170) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2015
500 ml bottle (as Fydor’s Classic, 2014) from IP trade with richiesd, thanks! Pitch black color. Big brown head, quickly disappearing. Aroma’s: bourbon, red fruit, chocolate, roast, wood. Retronasal it’s sweet, bourbon, chocolate, wood, alcohol, vanilla, light red fruit. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, chocolate. Strong alcohol feel. Medium to full body. Long finish with chocolate, light roast, moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5359) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with minimal retention or lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt, black chocolate with some strong vanilla and bourbon notes with some woody notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by strong bourbon notes and vanilla which mix in well with the black chocolate and light roasted malt notes. Woody notes and residual sugar notes re also perceptible. Body is full with nice creamy texture with low carbonation and some warming alcohol is present. World-class barrel-aged stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle, on my birthday. Black and thick, pecan colored head fades to a skiff. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cookies, plums and cherries, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate. Taste is vanilla, cookies, brown sugar, chocolate, toasted barley, cream, coffee, burnt sugar. Palate is rich and smooth, carbonation subdued. Finish is not quite dry, with a hint of salt. This is sublime, balanced, touch of sweet, almost dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle labeled Fyodors Classic black thin tan head and spotty lacing rich bud on and chocolate aromas and flavors heavy slick feel rich and lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7622) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
500 ml bottle as Fyodor’s Classic. 2014 vintage. Enjoyed at San Diego, CA. Pours a black colour with a minimal white head. Aroma of roasted malts, wooden tartness, vanilla and syrup. Flavour of strong roastiness, bourbon, vanilla, wooden tartness, syrup and dark chocolate. Full bodied. Long, warming, wooden finish. Really well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olio (8206) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
50 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. 2015 series, batch #1.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Nice bourbon aroma, toasted malts, vanilla notes, some caramel malts and subtle licorice. Vanilla flavor, bourbon sweetness, caramel malts, chocolate, some ripe fruit sweetness too. Subtle alcohol burn at the end, some wooden tanginess. The sweetness complements the high alcohol content nicely. Quite pleasant and balanced bourbon IS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5407) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
500ml bottle from Stone Tap Room, San Diego, CA

As Fyodor’s Classic, 2015 batch #1 - Pours pitch black with a smalle white head. Aroma of roasty malts, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee, oak, coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa. Taste is smooth, complex, sweetish and roasty with loads of bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Finish is smooth, heavy and complex with loads of vanilla, oak, wood, bourbon and toffee. Quite balanced and tasty bourbon IS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
50 cl bottle vintage 2014, "2015 series batch 01" @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma is sweet with bourbon and vanilla tones. Also some licorice. Flavour has wood, sweet bourbon tones, licorice and mild coffee tones. Also hints of ash. Very typical bourbon-IS; a clean and very drinkable though.

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