Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Stone Brewing

Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
97.2%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 1,163 ratings
Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BEERchitect on 09-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#183
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
1,163
Liked:
1,131
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
8.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
620
Gots:
224
Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,163 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 500ml (1 pt 0.9 fl oz) corked and caged bottle purchased at Main Street Market, Santa Monica, CA
2015 SERIES
BATCH No 01
Served in a snifter

Review #1175

The cork came off with no noise and the beer wound up pouring what appeared to be a nearly still, dark brown/black. Medium-full bodied. Oily and shimmery in the glass. Quite ominous looking. The liquid was topped by a thin, frothy, mocha colored cap that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

Amazing aroma. Super fragrant and robust. Bourbon came through big time. Vanilla and coconut notes practically smacked me in the face. Loads of molasses and brown sugar. Fairly chocolatey. Rich, smooth, fudge-y, dark chocolate. Dark fruits were also apparent. Raisins and prunes came through strong. Touch of booziness. As the beer sat, the aroma really intensified. The vanilla and coconut notes became especially potent.

The flavor profile was also big and bold but not quite as smooth as the aroma initially. Huge bourbon presence. Loads of coconut and vanilla. Intense roasted malt notes. Fairly sweet. Brown sugar and molasses were quite apparent. Strong dark fruit notes. Definitely some charred raisins. The beer finished with a moderate, boozy/bourbon-y kick and a bit of lingering roastiness. As the beer sat, the flavors intensified and the roasty notes subsided. More sweetness came forth. The vanilla and coconut intensified. Milk chocolate notes also appeared. Some caramel as well.

The beer contained a very fine and mild carbobation that frothed up nicely on the palate. Slick snd smooth. Just enough effervescence to keep the liquid moving along the palate. Interesting and fairly unique for the style.

Fyodor's Classic is a big, bold, complex, bourbon-forward imperial stout and one of the better examples of the style I have yet to come across. I am typically not a huge fan of Stone's original Russian Imperial Stout, but the bourbon barrel treatment and year of age on this bottle transformed it into an entirely different entity. Fans of vanilla and coconut forward beers should especially seek this one out.

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Photo of vonSchulze
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrebeka
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RegV
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtirpak22
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dcmchew
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marius
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled at a tasting. Pitch black pour, thin espresso head. Smells like bourbon, maple syrup, espresso, caramel and coconut. Tastes like bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, dark cherries, vanilla and coconut. Soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black color with brown head. Aroma has bourbon, fudge, chocolate, vanilla and toasted coconut, everything you would want from a bourbon barrel aged RIS. Taste starts slightly sweet with fudge and bourbon but the finish is dark, roasty and bitter. Medium-heavy body, smooth carbonation, a bit of alcohol warmth on the aftertaste. Really nice one, very well made, tasty and balanced.

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Photo of rspauldi
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Clarkson
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDole
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JVinson
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CDCNAM
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Same size as BCBS, twice the price, harder to obtain if not in SoCal and not as good. These $20+ Stone BA 500MLs are a joke from a brewer which has a reasonable price point on it's other brews. It's a solid BA stout. Nice flavor, viscous enough, no boozy heat.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 97.2% out of 100 with 1,163 ratings
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