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RATINGS: 214   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2982) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (752) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
Pours a jet black but not very viscous. The nose is full of malt, whiskey, & dark chocolate. First sip is strog with roasted and toasted flavors followed by coffee and coco. Body is slightly thin but makes it very drinkable. Not as filling as other RISs. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Oakquinox. Dark brown hue with tan head. Nose is big coffee and oak, whiskey lingers. Flavor is very malt forward-chocolate and coffee- with tones of alcohol whiskey and oaky wood for balance, finishes sweet. Medium body, a bit watery for the style. A very pleasant BA stout, not quite as complex or strong as others in this category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6091) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
750ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a watery, opaque black with a thin, white head. Nose is nice, cherry, malts, oats, brown sugar, light vanilla, caramel. Flavor is sweet, silky, caramel, light orange, brown sugar, coconut, light oak. Full bodied, dry, oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with very nice tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain, malt, some cocoa. Flavor is much the same with some sweetness and oak character. Mouthfeel is heavy body with low carbonation.....Good Stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thursdy night tasting, thanks to Kan for bringing this over...750ml bottle into a Lost Abbey glass...Black with not a ton going on, light tan head, not much carbonation...The aroma is the highlight of this slightly above average ba stout. Nice light wood, bourbon, and a really nice vanilla that is not sweet which just shows off the natural vanilla and bourbon...the taste isnít as smooth or sweet, brings out some light coffee. Think of Nebraskan beer, canít imagine anything decent. This surparssed by poorly concevied notions of Nebraska and was certainly a pleasant surprise. Really nice aroms, decent ba stout, but worth getting for state tickers if you need NE.

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