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RATINGS: 209   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (749) - 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 (5785) - 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 (3495) - 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 isn’t as smooth or sweet, brings out some light coffee. Think of Nebraskan beer, can’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite powerful with some light coffee notes. Taste is also a slightly unbalanced mix of bourbon with clear vanilla notes with some roasted malt notes and a dry finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Unfortunately this one was not as balanced as I would have hoped for but still very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2416) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized bubbly light brown head. Aroma of oak wood, chocolate, malt and light whiskey notes. Taste of oak notes, light whiskey, malt and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2011
Bouteille @ Seabass going away party courtesy of Gillard. Couleur brune foncée, mousse beige. Fine note de tonneau, malt et caramel avec au finit un peu d’amertume. le tout garde un long fini de bourbon avec de subtiles notes de chocolat. Le côté bois et chêne se mélange a un palais qui se veut réchauffant en bouche venant du bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of foppa78. thanks, Mat! pours dark, cola-brown with a thick, two-finger, beige head with thick lacing. aroma is damn nice with big whiskey, wet oak, baker’s chocolate, and cold coffee with hints of vanilla, sour vinous fruits, cinnamon, and burnt toffee and subtle notes of roast and earth. flavor is quite tasty as well with big, sour-mash whiskey, tart fruits, and tar up front backed by cocoa, tobacco, light roast coffee, and and caramel with a dry, roasted finish. palate is medium bodied and maybe a bit thin with light carbonation and seems to have a bit too much tartness (infection?) based on the other ratings. overall, still a tasty barrel aged brew but it seems a bit off. maybe it’s a bad bottle or just an off night for my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7405) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tasted at the big “SeaBass has got to go” tasting courtesy of the one and only Gillard, thanks! Pours mahogany with tan head. It smells sweet with vanilla, a little bit of oak, a touch of smooth sweet bourbon and then mild roastiness. The taste has a little bit of chocolate brownie and then getting a little roasty and then mildly harsh bourbon and oak by midway. Toward the finish chocolate comes forward as the booziness and somewhat harsh bourbon take over and move this into the after taste. Still pretty good but a little long on the barrel time for me.

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