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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahanís Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops Ė held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties.

2013 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout
2012 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal Wood/Barrel Imperial Stout
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout
2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Imperial Stout

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
750ml from Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego. Epic fail of a beer. I was very excited about this beer, and at $25, it needed to be a lot better than this! Pours black with a foamy head. Not very characteristic of the style, and that would remain the trend throughout the experience. The nose is light chocolate, with mostly roasted malt. No discernable bourbon or oak. The mouthfeel follows, being a little lighter than your average Imperial Stout, instead of being heavier and silkier like you would expect. The flavor is more roasted malts, light coffee, light chocolate, not much else. Again, no discernable bourbon or oak. I am surprised by folks saying it was "boozy" or "sweet." Tasted like a standard Imperial Stout. Itís not bad, but nothing exciting, and not at all what it should be for a Bourbon Aged stout. Save your money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5515) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with an enormous creamy dark brown head that lingered forever and left great lacing. The aroma was very much lacking in subtlety and hit you over the head with whiskey, cocoa and coffee - but was too harsh with these. The flavor was harsh and bitey whiskey, oak, coffee and vanilla with undertones of cola and raisin. Exceptionally boozy with whiskey really overwhelming and distracting from anything else. The finish was long with whiskey, oak and coffee lingering forever. Full bodied. Decent but very flawed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
750 ml bottle from Bruery Provisions Itís a black pour (no surprise here) with a good balance whiskey, coffee and roasty notes. Itís very good, but a bit expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle at SAVOR. This one poured a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma was dark fruits, roasted and toasted malts, alcohol notes, and a touch of bourbon. This was solid! Flavor was vanilla wood, oaked flavors, dried fruit notes, chocolate. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering, especially with such great flavors that pierce the rest of the beer. Will be seeking this one out for another go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Pours deep black with nice creamy tan head, aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, sweet dark fruit, toffee, and lots of roasted malt. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and dry, with sweet caramel, toffee, and chocolate mixing with bitter coffee, roast, finishing dry and slightly sweet and wanting more. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2922) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Pours the darkest shade of brown bordering on black but still lets a faint bit of light through. Thinnish Khaki head shows a moderate desire to hold its place at the top but is inevitably sucked back into the abyss. Smells of bourbon and chocolate right off the bat. Vanilla, licorice and molasses are mixed with hints of burnt sugar. Some harsher alcohol comes out as she warms up, but I could smell this thing all night if you let me. The taste leans towards the sweet end of the spectrum. Creamy rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans dipped in bourbon then dredged into dark brown sugar just about sums up the flavor here. Lingering roast and bourbon on the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, thick body, and a light level of carbonation. I really enjoyed this one, although it is certainly a sipper and maybe a touch too sweet. Iím glad I got to try this but at north of 20 dollars for the 750 this is one and done for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Pours black with a tan head to it. Has a whiskey and dark malt smell. Up front it has a whiskey followed by a nice stouty taste with some chocolate mixed in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Dark dark brown, tan cover subsides quickly. Aroma is wood, vanilla, whiskey, sweet oakiness. Body is a bit thin. Taste is very woody, lots of char, vanilla, oak, some chocolate, but more whiskey than beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2011
Served from the bottle at the OTM tasking room. The appearance is a translucent brown black with a micro tan head. The aromas are a touch muted but nice. Whiskey remnants, good rich roast malts and grains. The flavors are a slightly sweet malts with a medium bold roast malt, whiskey, milk chocolate. The mouth is medium full bodied. A thinner mouth that is not atypical of these BA beers. Overall a really nice done BA brew. Wish it was cheaper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #60. Pitch black pour with a big tan head with a good amount of lacing. Light roast and sweet dark fruits and just a touch of bourbon. Very smooth, woody with a bit of alcohol and a roasty bitterness. Pretty nice impy, a little overpriced, but very nice. (1690)

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