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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
750ml bottle, fairly fresh 2010 vintage. The body is a deep, dark mahogany color with a glint of deep burgundy that comes through is a strong light. A thick, foamy, light mocha tinted head lasts a good while, slowly morphing into a small, dense blanket as it leaves bubble-riddled, cobweb lacing on the glass. The nose is very nicely constructed, starting out with a rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee base, accompanied by some burnt molasses, bold earthen hops, and a touch of fresh, prickly pine. Boldly woody, notes of raw oak and vanilla bring with them wisps of caramelly, sour mash bourbon. It’s not too boozy and not overly sweet, making for a nice aromatic profile overall. Flavors are right on par, again beautifully balanced. Chocolate notes are more along the lines of bittersweet, dry cocoa, and they are countered with some darkly roasted coffee and a general earthy richness. Pine and earth hops contribute supporting bitterness. Oak is quite prominent, lending lightly sweet wood and vanilla. The finish turns a bit sweeter, but not overly so, as coffee softens into more of a mocha and chocolate milk profile. Soft bourbon notes add some caramel, light alcohol, and peanut skins. On the palate, the medium-full body is smooth up front, with moderate to low carbonation, transitioning to more of a chalky, milky feel on the back end. Very nicely done for an imperial stout. Full of flavor, and it manages to stay well away from cloying. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and woody / oakiness. Tastes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, some earthiness, roast, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2010
750 ml bottle from a secret procurer. Pours dark black with 2-finger off-tan head and great lacing. Nose is heavy vanilla, woody and oaky, with spare dark malt, molasses, figgy fruit, some hops. Delicious nose on this. Tastes dark patent malty, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, woody earthy peaty flavors, and a bit of fuselly heat. Medium palate. not terribly rich or complex, and some coffee flavors emerge late, with increased backup hop notes in the flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5673) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Vin. Pours a deep black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is sweet whiskey, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with notes of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2010
750ml: Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, slight alcohol, slight coconut, slight roasted malt, and a hint of oak. Poured pitch black in color with a large, cream, dense, rocky, light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is medium to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, whiskey, tar, burnt malt, smoke, bitter coffee, coconut, light vanilla, ash, light wood, and some chocolate. Medium to full body. Lightly viscous, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Whiskey, bitter coffee, light wood, coconut, vanilla, and roasted malt finish is dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throuhgout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2010
750 tracked down in a store in Lincoln whose name I forget but that Wes got me to after some time at the brewpub drinking. Batch 1. Pours black with thin tan head. Body and aroma is bourbon. Raisin. Plum. Pretty sticky with a touch of sweet. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
750ml bottle from foppa... Pours a dark cola blackish pour with less intense edges and a thin to medium film of ligh khaki head... Nose made up of light char and peaty with a semi-moderate whiskey bent. Some light chocolate and cocoa undertones Not the cleanest aromas overall but improves a bit... Flavors are def whiskey forward yet smooth with some heat. Non-assertive cocoa and chocolate notes with creamy fluffy subdued body. Some lasting burn comes through eventually and the whiskey makes it somewhat rough. Better at first and then got a little old.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2010
750 ml bottle from Josh. Deep brown pour with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma is chocolate with oaky notes and hints of licorice. Flavor is a complex mix of several flavors, most notably chocolate and oak again with a hint of coffee. It paints the palate with a thick chocolate finish. Awesome beer, wish I could buy it in Minnesota!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Small tasting/gathering last night of Seattle Beer Week 2010
Thanks Alex – Black as the night can get big dark malt aroma. Lots of bourbon and oak also in the aroma. This was a great malt build of coffee, dark chocolate and the bourbon mixed well. Fantastic Barrel aged brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Sampled at the 7th Annual Parkville Microbrew Festival on April 24th, 2010. I’ve had this lots of times. As black as Angela’s hair. Remarkable dark brown head with the consistency of concrete. I always smell and taste coconuts from this beer. It might just be Tyson’s masterpiece thus far in his young career. I look forward to all the aged tastings in the Barrage.


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