boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Tap @ Portland International Beer Fest... [2008 vintage, Elijah Craig Barrels] Poured pitch black with a brown head. Boost and hot. Vanilla, bourbon-whiskey tones. Oats, oak flavors, cookie dough, roasted malts. Some alcohol flavors very similar to whiskey. Especially towards the finish. Big body, toffee burnt sugar flavors. 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. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
On tap at SIB. Pours solid black with a caramel head. Aroma of bourbon, syrup and dark fruits. Flavour of strong bourbon - hits you hard. Smoky and very cloying. Palate is super smooth and luxurious. Very intense bourbon. Doubt I could drink more than a sample though. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2011
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. mcberko (17847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon (though not too overburdening) and sweet roasted malts. Flavour is a whallop of bourbon barrels that have overtaken this brew, with a little smoke / peat - all of which cancels out the roastiness / coffee and everything else in the original. Very nice adaptation, though I prefer the original.
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Sweet, rich, bourbony, and a bit hoppy. I had a Founders Imperial Stout prior to this and I say the Stone wins that battle. Both good, but the mellow bourbon flavors won me over. TimE (5819) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2011
OMFG. Tons of uber goodness. Lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, charcoal, toffee, brandy, boozey. Very heavy. Vey much a sippin beer. Very well balanced. Love ris, but this is better. Very warming finish. A true winter warmer, which I am having in June. Wow. Superb. One of the better burbon beers, but a bit too heavy for some. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
WOW! My favorite style from one of the greats. Beautiful black pour with a thin beige head. Aromas of big bourbon, vanilla, wood and roasted malts.
Flavor of Vanilla, butter, chocolate dark fruits with a dry roast and bourbon finish. The blend was sensational. I loved it. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Has solid bourbon presence and that very charry, roast bitterness characteristic of Stone RIS. Sweetness from the bourbon and some chocolate malt, a bit of vanilla. Damn good.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
draft at Jake Melnicks, Chicago. deep dark pour, khaki head, big roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon notes. bourbon presence seemed to melow the intense roasted flavor of the regular RIS. Very drinkable at 10.8. Good stuff