wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Shared with too many ratebeerians to list (see event attendies)Wow. Incredible aroma. I loved smelling this. I shared the smell with everyone who hadn’t got to it yet. My favorite of the festival (and of all time). I think I should change my rating to 5.0. Hmmmm. Some hints of oxidation in a most pleasant way. Los of chocolate in the aroma, but no unpleasant roastiness. Creamy thick microbubble awesome dark tan head. Pitch black liquid is thick. Sweet and incredible rich malty dark fruit complex flavor. I love Stone RIS. I really love aged Stone RIS, and I really, really love Barrel Aged Stone RIS. Nothing’s perfect, but this deserved a 5.
Tried again on tap today at Stone. Picked up a growler as well. Awesome! Same rating. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 (Bottle, thanks to wetherel) Pours dark brown to black with a brown head and an oily surface. The aroma is a fantastic mix of robust, dark caramel, buttery fudge and creamy chocolate-like malt alongside soft notes of fresh oak wood and vanilla. Undertones of dark fruits and dark berries such as raisins, prunes, ripe sweet cherries and chocolate dipped figs. A nice alcohol warmth is carrying everything in the nose beautiful. Just a whisper of molasses, soy and smoke. The flavour is perfect roasted with dark creamy chocolate and coffee. The finish is peppery from the alcohol and bourbon. Undertones of dark fruits, molasses, fresh wood, vanilla, caramel and touch of stone. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and oily with a light tannin-like finish. Medium sweet and a bit bitter. Medium to full bodied. rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 new rating 2014-10-18. Same as previous rating, had it again at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Perfection. I have to give this beer a perfect score.
Bottle named Fyodors Classic 2013 at Stone Brewing, Escondido. Pitch black beer with a beautiful lasting beige head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, woody, barrel notes, whisky, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder, licorice, tar notes, nutcreme, figs, plums, raisins, citrus notes, coffee notes, toffee, some creamy notes. Malty caramel flavor, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, cream, cocoa powder, licorice notes, vinous, figs, dades, notes of raisins, toffee, nutcreme, woody oaky notes, alcohol is extremely well hidden, milky, tar notes. Everything i want in a imp Stout. So many flavors, so little alcohol. I wanna get drunk on this beer tonight! Vandet (19) - Maine, USA - MAY 21, 2014
What could be more perfect than one of the finest RISs in the world, finally available in a bourbon-barrel aged release? This lives up to the expectations. Enough said.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bpasquini (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
APPEARANCE: Pours like oil, slow and thick, pitch black in color, leaves a good size espresso colored head that leaves little lacing around the glass, when you look at this beer you feel like you are staring into an abyss!
AROMA: Tons of chocolate, booze, bourbon, some anise, tobacco, caramel, and vanilla. This beer makes its’ presence known once you pop the cork! The best part about the aroma to this beer is that it is strong and does not fade, most other stouts have a smell that becomes faint after a minute or two of pouring, but this one is brash and in your face the whole time! It’s superb!
TASTE: Woah... Upfront there is loads of bourbon mixed with a perfect amount of booze, in the middle you get an awesome amount of chocolate, vanilla, a little anise, and caramel, then on the finish you get everything from the beginning and middle all perfectly mixed together with an addition of a hint of tobacco and hop bitterness, as it goes down you get a nice warmth from the booze. This beer is pretty well balanced with the characteristics that can make it unenjoyable, but for things that it needs plenty of to make it outstanding, and it has plenty of those ingredients! Superb transitions of flavors, and it gets even smoother as it warms as well! Definitely one of the best barrel aged stouts I have had!
OVERALL: Phenomenal beer from Stone! I wish I can get my hands on more of these! You have to try this!
Serving type: bottle
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 ALIBALI (2394) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Klassisch. Perfekt und der Maßstab aller Dinge. DAS BIER!!! 0,15/3,30€ FASS. STONE BREWERY BERLIN. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Thanks to all my friends at Stone! 2007 IRS aged three months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel. Black with quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, bourbon. Thick, syrupy full body palate with a silky smoothness as swallowed. Initial taste of sweet caramel, chocolate, and vanilla transitioning to a remarkable bourbon taste with very subtle oak notes and finishing with an enjoyable bitterness and a lingering alcoholic warmth. An extraordianry beer! JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2010
Sampled the 2008 vintage at the "Stoned for Six Days" event in Houston, TX. Smells of sticky sweet raisin and coffee, leaving the suggestion of oils in the nostril. Tastes dark, thick and oily, though much softer and rounded in flavor than the non-bourbon aged ’08 IRS vintage. Hints of hops on the finish and a long lingering aftertaste of malt and bourbon make this a delight. Awesome. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2010
finally getting to my notes from charleston brewvival 2010. ratings based on a number of 5oz samples, the first drank side-by-side with greg koch. pours a massively thick, jet black with a huge, creamy dark beige head leaving sticky lace. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of fine bourbon, wood, vanilla, and oak with sweet cocoa, light earthy hops, and a touch of coffee. flavor is out of this world good with massive notes bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, and burnt malts with a nice balance of dark fruits, roast coffee, herbal hops, and toffee malts. palate is smooth, thick, sticky, and well carbonated with a lingering woody, chocolatey, bourbon finish. overall, one of the most aggressive bourbon barrel aged impy’s i’ve tasted. damn near perfect.