mnurda (1327) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2018
4 ounce sample at the Tasting Room near Petco field. what a beautiful tasting beer. Loved the bourbon aftertaste NeuroPliny (250) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2018
2017 small batch release. Pours oil black with minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Flavour is sweet with toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and toasted malts. Elegant in its simplicity with nothing overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel. Superb barrel-aged Russian imperial stout. coachd (1031) - Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2018
Strong bourbon barrel/vanilla aroma. Dense black color, no head. Even stronger bourbon barrel taste. A little too sweet; I could have used some hops or char to balance it out. Smooth yet substantial palate. I liked this, didn’t love it. I think regular RIS is better but I never turn down a chance to try a top 50 impy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone colui72 (1199) - HONG KONG - JAN 23, 2018
As Stone Small Batch Series: Fyodor (2017 Series, Batch #2), ABV 13.7%
Pours oily, pitch black, little fizzy, small tan head faded in one minute, no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, wood, bourbon and vanilla. Tastes well balanced between sweet and bitter, very smooth, almost oily, no carbonation. Dark malts, chocolate, wood, bourbon and vanilla. Some booze towards the end. Very rich and flavourful ale. Perfect. superspak (6488) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 6200th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, vanilla, cream, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of raisins, nuts, licorice, molasses, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, vanilla, cream, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of raisins, nuts, licorice, molasses, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness. Very mild roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, vanilla, cream, dark/brown bread, light licorice/smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mild warmth of 13.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged Russian imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the very mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Very rich and well rounded malt complexity, with perfect barrel integration/balance. Never overly boozy, tannic, or drying. Very mellowed out hop presence and extremely smooth/silky mouthfeel from the extended barrel aging. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.
DocJitsu (2095) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2018
Pours an extremely dark brown with a dark brown-tan head. Delicious aromas of oak, coconut, tobacco, and chocolate. Flavors mirror the nose. Mildly sweet early, but becomes progressively drier. Strykzone (7889) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2018
Sampled at an ESBLS. Almost black with lighter tan foam. Soy in the nose plus spices. Flavor is sweeter than the nose. Soy again with pepper. Some wood but not much. Actually it works but isn’t complex. nickd717 (5079) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle labeled Fyodor's Classic. Played beer pong with it of course. Black pour with a well formed tan head. Aroma is very nice, bourbon, chocolate, anise, vanilla. Flavor has sweet chocolate and caramel, bourbon and vanilla, earthy barrel notes. Some booze. Full and slick. Drinkable for what it is, but let's just say it was a good thing I was hitting most of the cups. Got a bit silly nonetheless. LinusStick (3544) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2017
A huge, sweet cloying imperial stout. Aroma was roasted malt, dark chocolate and vanilla. Pour was a deep viscous dark brown/black with a thin tan film for a head. Taste was very strong and seeet. Big and boozy with hot dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol in the front with a sweet chocolate and vanilla finish. Moderate alcohol burn and it was a chore to finish the bottle. Mild carbonationZacM612 (885) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Earlier Rating: 12/3/2017 Total Score: 3.8
As far as borbon barrel aged beers go, I can’t think of any better. Aroma was nice. A sweet smell of vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Pour was a nice deep dark black with no head or bubbles. Taste was very strong and complex. Heavy chocolate and vanilla notes (from the bourbon) with a hint of leather and tobacco. Sweetened as it warmed up with the bourbon coming to the front and a nice milky chocolate finish. Some toffee in there as well. Mild carbonation.
Bottle from the Bearded Monk. Dark opaque black with a brown dissipating head. Dark roasted coffee, vanilla notes, sweet, and heavy. Nice.