Imperial Russian Stout - Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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Imperial Russian Stout - Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-09-2013

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap as part of a special Templeton Rye event at Bier Station where they had representatives from Templeton, Boulevard and Stone with flights that included Rye-on-Rye, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, this beer and Templeton Rye whiskey. In other words, right up my alley. Poured into a small 4 oz taster glass.

Appearance - Body is dark black in color with maybe a hint of brown to separate it from pitch black. Atop the midnight body sits a two-finger head of thick, dense bubbles the color of brown sugar on the bottom and lighter tan on the top. It lingers for quite some time before dissipating to a half finger of foam and leaving substantially sticky lacing around the sides of the glass. In terms of looks, I wouldn't have been able to tell that this was barrel-aged. Still plenty of carbonation and head.

Smell - If the looks didn't make it clear that this wasn't regular IRS, the nose certainly does. Dark, bittersweet baker's chocolate and roasted malt are accented by notes of star anise and licorice, as well as a strong bite of alcohol and oak as well as some hints of spiciness from the Templeton barrels.

Taste - More rich, bitter chocolate in the taste, which is now complimented by some more obvious vanilla undertones from the barrels, as well as a sweet spiciness from the whisky. It's funny, having this alongside a straight pour of Templeton, the barrel-aged stout seems a little tougher going down in some ways. Obviously, there is less burn from the high levels of alcohol in the stout, but the taste profile is a little more robust because the roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate in the stout make for a bigger, more complex flavor than the very spicy vanilla forward nature of the straight whiskey.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-bodied and lushly carbonated, producing a rich, decadent and creamy mouthfeel. As noted previously, the straight whiskey goes down a little easier initially than the BA stout, but the afterburn on the stout is much more gentle.

Overall, a fantastic BA stout and one that I wish I could get more regularly. Templeton is probably my favorite kind of non-Scotch whiskey, and as a result this (and Rye-on-Rye) are two of my favorite BA beers available. If you run across a chance to try this beer, don't hesitate for a second.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)

Pours black and opaque, with a good head.

This is a transformed version of the Stone RIS with a dominant rye barrel in the aroma, more heat, and a strong rye barrel component in the flavor. Th barrel treatment is dominant but not quite overdone.

O:quite different but neither better nor worse overall than the superb regular Stone RIS.

Photo of KTien
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Pony Bar in NYC the day after they had a Stone-themed event...

appearance: dark veering on black, with a one finger brown head on.

smell: malty and sweet with tones of spice from the whiskey, i assume

taste: i like whiskey as well, and i always enjoy a good RIS. this was a great blend of the two, with that sort of malty dark taste along with the vanilla notes of the whiskey barrels. it is really something different from the normal aged RIS offerings.

mouthfeel: satisfactory, similar to stone's usual RIS, nothing to call home about.

a pleasure to drink, wouldn't pass it up if i were to see it again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap for the Stone tap takeover at Stout Burgers & Beer in Studio City, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, wood, and somewhat strong char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite char forward in the taste, which detracts from the drinkability in my opinion.

Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light tan head. Color is a dark brown nearing black.

Flavor profile: the rye barrels are very apparent. A nice rye spice with a whiskey bourbon flavor. Vanilla, dark cherries, molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Some oak shows with a bit of heat. Roasted malt with notes of coffee.

Mouthfeel: warming and smooth. Full bodied. Rich. Ends clean with a bit of roast.

Overall, the templeton barrels did work on this beer. Probably my favorite barrels or one of them. They really round out a beer and add a new dimension to the beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 06/17/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass; looks like the normal version, which looks great.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet whiskey, sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, toasted malts, cocoa, milk chocolate, and cream. Awesome nose; just a ton of sweet chocolate and some nice sweet bourbon.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, light toasted malts, light burnt malts, and light whiskey. Not as much whiskey as the nose and much more vanilla, cocoa, and liquid chocolate. Sweet and very good.

m - Thick, full body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy; doesn't feel like almost 13% ABV at all. Has an amazing mouthfeel.

o - Overall I loved this one. The whiskey is not as prominent as it is in the "normal" Bourbon IRS, but it is there, and there is a lot of awesome sweet vanilla and chocolate to this one. Has an amazing mouthfeel; super easy to drink this one. I think I like the "normal" bourbon version better but this is still top notch and an improvement on the awesome base beer. Highly recommend.

Photo of daledeee
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A special tap take over. Had ONE 8 oz glass for $7.

Came with a beautiful tan head and black body

Nose was rich. Lots of oak and malt.

Taste was very intense yet easy to drink and balanced. Quite a blend of charred oak, coffee, roasted malt and of course a little bourbon. Not medicinal like some I have had.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy with good carbonation.

One of the best stouts I have had.

Imperial Russian Stout - Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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