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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahan’s 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 – 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Thanks to Armin for bringing the 750mL bottle over. Poured very deep brown with a tall, sticky beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up sweet, soft, meaty coconut and blended chocolates kissed by whiskey, oak, and vanilla.. some earthy and piney accents.. sweet overall. The flavor actually found more vanilla and coconut than any of the malts, but there was some tasty chocolate in there too.. more vanilla and peppery warmth on the dry, black patenty finish. Medium-bodied and very dry on the palate.. tasty and well-balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Ethan for sharing. Black with a thick, nicely laced tan head. Nose of oak, whiskey, roast, vanilla, cocoa. Palate is a little thin, lots of whiskey upfront, some roast, cocoa. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4738) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sampled at St. Louis Microfest 2011 - Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has bourbon, chocolate, char and vanilla ~ bit too much bourbon for my tastes. The body is thick and chewy with light sharp carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts out with big thick roasty malt, chocolate, spice and vanilla. There is some bourbon, but way tamed down from what the aroma alluded. The finish adds some bourbon and oak. Pretty nice overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet. Pours a very, very dark brown color that borders on black with a moderate mocha head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a heavy amount of chocolate and roast with a tad bit of coffee. The flavor melds chocolate and roast together really well atop a medium-full body. Light carbonation. Feel and flavor go together quite well. Very solid brew from Nebraska Brewing. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-09-2011

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Pours midnight black with a full creamy brown head that stays around for a while. Really enticing aroma of dark fruits, prunes, and cherries. Sweet whisky comes in but not overly strong, just enough to tease the nose. Coffee and chocolate also make an appearance. The flavor is very rich and layered. Black coffee and roasted malts, tons of it, with the sweetness of alcohol warming each sip. Again, the whisky is not dominant, but rather a nice balancing feature, really nice. Solid rush of hop bitterness in the end with bittersweet chocolate notes. Creamy mouthfeel, luscious, full bodied, goes down superbly. Black Betty is the shit..

2.8
   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. It’s not bad, but nothing exciting, and not at all what it should be for a Bourbon Aged stout. Save your money.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5602) - 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.

3.9
   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 It’s a black pour (no surprise here) with a good balance whiskey, coffee and roasty notes. It’s very good, but a bit expensive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5819) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8675) - 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.


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