JBPortland (1564) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
500ml bottle 2014 vintage (b2) pours dark oily black brown with 2 finger mocha head. Nose is dusty vanilla bourbon spice, licorice and dark fruit, cocoa. Taste is medium bodied, a little lighter bodied than expected, dusty cocoa, baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon spice, moderate sweetness, a bit boozy. Finishes with boozy bittersweet chocolate, cocoa dust, vanilla, whiskey spice, licorice. GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2015
Dark brown with a light chocolate head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, molasses, raisins, dates, fig. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet and reasonably well balanced on the palate with a warming finish. Taste is sweet bourbon, molasses, raisins, dates, fig, subtle hint of anise. Kroney (256) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Fyodor’s Classic 2015. Bottle poured to snifter. Reddish/brownish black. No head. No lacing. Aroma is slight bourbon, coffee, vanilla, stone fruit, cherries, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt. Flavor is fantastic. Big but balanced. Follows the aroma. Hides the big abv. Fantastic. BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Smell is malt and sweet bourbon. Taste is pretty much the same. Full body, medium carbonation, and very slight foam. MetalNHopHead (2214) - 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.
HuskerTan (2403) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
(Thanks Stefan, "StefanSD") Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
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!
Fyodor’s Classic 2015 Batch 1. Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha head. Aroma is heavy in chocolate, coffee, and black liquorice. Taste is sweet and malty with a nice bitterness to balance it out. Full bodied and smooth and creamy on the palate with lively carbonation. A really nice imperial stout that I wish I could have aged for a year or two but unfortunately could not. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
Bought at Liberty Station and consumed in Calgary. A bottle can be corked and last for 2+ days. Dark imperial stout with a hint of soy sauce. Aroma is big dark and beautiful with lots of dark fruit, molasses and unspiced Christmas. Smooth, dark, intoxicating nectar. grimreaperguru (264) - santee, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Fyodor’s Classic 2015 series batch number 1. Pours a jet black motor oil color with a rather short lived brown head. The aroma had notes of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, with minor notes of toffee. The flavor was of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, with earthy notes and minor notes of caramel and booze. It goes down real smooth with slightly sweet aftertaste. Overall I think I have new favorite Stone brew. gam (4096) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2015
Rich bubbly tan head a dark pour medium carbonation aromas the bourbon is superbly sharp milky like chocolate rich fruits molasses liquorice body already shows roast coffee so rich caramel currants raisins the flavours bliss so lovely velvet like bourbon taste malt chocolate richness medium bitter taste of coffee raisins currants plums liquorice caramel excellent balance wonderful body sharp flavours moist dark fruits the oak vanilla touch the finish excellent barrelling lovely sweetness a big winner for the brewery lasting fruit and roasted bitter goodness bourbon taste just so good on the palate