Imperial Russian Stout - Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by daledeee:
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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Imperial Russian Stout - Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 43 ratings