Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 480 | Reviews: 106 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
4.88/5 rDev +9.7%
Appearance: Black, viscous-looking, leg-producing body with a quietly receding, dark brown head.
Smell: Big, beautiful bourbon presence on the nose marrying well with the robust dark roasted malts notes. It's altogether inviting.
Taste: From start to finish, it's a sweet, earthy roastiness stirred up with slowly melted barker's chocolate chunks, vanilla beans, burnt caramel sauce, dark brown sugar, oak wood (with some tannins breaking through), dark fruits, chilled coffee, shaved coconut and a fair share of burgeoning alcohol warmth. It's all quite bold, but it still maintains a quiet, easy-going mellowness.
Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very nice. Look, I love Stone Russian Imperial Stone, but the deliciousness of the bourbon barrel version has been the highpoint of my beer drinking in the last several months. Oh, if only all the barrel-aged stouts could turn out this well.
10-20-2010 16:54:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
On tap poured into a mini chalice. 2008 vintage aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, at the Uber tavern in Seattle, WA with UA8, review number 1,000!
Pours a super dark oily black with a very small dark brown ring of foam with a tiny bit of lacing. Nose is bourbon, light booze, and some creamy chocolate malts.
Taste is awesome, bourbon, sweet dark chocolate, alcohol is there but not overwhelming its rich and flavorful. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but still smooth and very tasty. Finish is sharp and oaky. Very nice beer.
10-15-2011 23:48:01 | More by kingcrowing
4.43/5 rDev -0.4%
Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
(Aged 3 years at the brewery)
2008 Stone IRS Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Dark black with a small brown head. Specks of lacing down the glass.
Rich aroma filled with chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a very mild addition of vanilla and wood from the barreling. Smells far more similar to the original than I would have expected, which, fortunately for me, is one of my favorite smelling beers of all time.
The chocolate sweetness is combined with a decidedly vanilla character from the barreling, along with roast, coffee, and dark fruits. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. Though this is divine, I think I prefer the original IRS. It's just so perfect, it doesn't need the barreling.
Medium to thick bodied.
A delicious barrel aged beer, though I actually still prefer the standard IRS.
08-30-2011 01:25:22 | More by ehammond1
4.65/5 rDev +4.5%
On-tap at Brewvival.
Pours black with a small dark brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of large amounts of bourbon, vanilla and butterscotch backed up by roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors. They certainly didn't waste any time before throwing the beer in this barrel.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as intense. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by boozy butterscotch and lighter vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the IRS portion of the beer asserts itself a bit more with dark chocolate and black malt flavors. Near the end of the sip the bourbon flavors take back over before a mildy bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is great. It's got a nice thickness with smooth and soft carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and went back for a few more. Very easy-drinking for such a big ABV.
Overall this was one of the beers I was most excited about and it didn't disappoint. Well worth a shot if you see it around.
03-01-2010 21:16:05 | More by glid02
4.48/5 rDev +0.7%
Had on tap at Brouwers stout fest. 2008 vintage.
A: Served in a goblet, BBL RIS was dark black with a very small brown head on top that dissipated quickly. No lacing on this beer, not overly surprising.
S: Plenty of bourbon right away, it really dominates the aroma, a bit surprising after 5 years. Some chocolate with a little bit of caramel and brown sugar.
T: Similar to the aroma, lots of chocolate (sort of like brownies) and bourbon. It was on the sweet side, with only some light roast. There was a bit of wood as well.
M: Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fairly smooth and surprisingly easy to drink, though that could have been because it tasted so good.
O: Been waiting to try this beer for a while, glad to have finally had the chance.
05-21-2013 11:35:52 | More by mdaschaf
4.95/5 rDev +11.2%
Appearance: Black, no light penetrates this beer
Head: Small light brown head that dissipates quickly
Smell: Big burnt malts with a caramel toffee thing going on and a little heat
Taste: Smokey burnt malts with bourbon all over the place, a little caramel on the back of the palate with subtle heat
Weight: Heavy to medium body with medium to low carbonation
Finish: Burnt roosted malts with a touch of heat on the back of the palate
04-02-2011 16:33:34 | More by Snow81
4.75/5 rDev +6.7%
Thanks to Ineedabeerhere (Joe) for this one. Opened at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 64oz. growler into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a .5 finger upward climbing mocha head with great retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is patchy and stringy with decent stick.
S: Sweet soy sauce (It's been a while...), prunes, raisins, and other dry dark fruit. Barrels are apparent but linger in the background. Also chocolate, licquorice, and brownie.
T: Sweet soy sauce and prunes. Hints of anise, chocolate, brownie, and licquorice. Bourbon barrel booziness backbone provides a great staging area for the complexities in this one. Cocoa powder towards the end with a messy finish. Aftertaste is soy sauce, chocolate, and booze.
M: Medium to full-bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and rather smooth and oily in the palate. For 11.5%, incredibly subtle on the palate. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.
D: Does bourbon barrel aging make everything better? I'd definitely argue against that but not in this case. Stone IRS is a great beer and this just seems infinitely better. Outstanding complexity and the barrel-aging adds a whole new dimension to this alread solid brew. A rarity but if you can, seek it out. Definitely worth the effort to try this one.
05-30-2010 15:52:13 | More by SpeedwayJim
Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.