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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12669) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to Leighton, during his birthday celebrations. It pours black, with a thick tan head. The nose is caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malt and nougat. The taste is caramel, chocolate, coconut, bourbon, hay, booze, toast, roasted malt and a hint of dark fruit, with a long warming finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Too much booze character and a bit thin for it to work for me. So-so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17336) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at Craft at Leighton birthday. Black lasting tan head. Well its an impy stout. Bit over carbonated. Yes pretty good. Some barrel ageing. Bourbon barrel cones through. Good choc

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5140) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2016 Bottle. Pours opaque black with thin, frothy tan head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, whiskey, oak, and earthy hops. Flavor is heavy malt with average hops and some dark fruit esters; whiskey undertones throughout with a dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is lightly sour dark fruity esters, chocolate and roast malt with earthy hops and whiskey barrel notes. Flavor is malt dominant, medium bitter roast malt, dark fruity esters, whiskey and oak with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Aroma is dry and boozy with wood and smell of sweet whiskey. Some malt but secondary in my experience. Beautiful when poured with dark beige head. Sort of light for style in body. Creamy texture, slightly sticky. Whiskey, slight vanilla, and pretty heavy hops. Good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Full bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel. This beer has lots of dark bitter roastiness and spicy oak, with a hint of smoke. Very dry finish. Not bad, but could use a little more balance of other flavors for my tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Light for an imperial stout. Flavor is roast, hops, aftertaste is smoke and ash but light. Some bourbon on the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4046) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sampled at SuperBowl 46. Great dark brown pour with fair brown head. Sweet, almost milk stout aroma with some bourbon/vanilla notes. Flavor is even better and kinda unique. Again, a lactose sweetness with wonderful pairing of whiskey. Dark roast, chocolate, more earthy notes and semi bitterness of dark chocolate on the finish. Very smooth. The bourbon, somehow ’thins’ the body on this one, and is not overly chewy. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
750ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place poured into a snifter. Pours black with about 2 fingers of dark tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, coco, coffee and a little black jelly bean. Taste is light bitter. Lots of coffee and whiskey with a good bit of dark chocolate and oak. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Soft carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, this beer is great. I wish I would have bought another one to age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, licorice, and char. There is definitely some booze/heat to it, too. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is no more impressive. Intense roast and booze flavor with a bit of molasses and licorice. Maybe some dark chocolate and astringent coffee. Meh.

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