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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1615) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bomber from cheese shop ..pitch black pour with brown head...surypy ... aroma is coconut chocolate..happiness..taste is similar..very smooth... awesome

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2013
draft poured black and thick and chewy and it was just a small sample but the flavors of coffee, chocolate and booze and malts comes through with a punch you in the face so ever good. a great winter beer. the flavor is so strong with flavors that overcome the tongue and senses. plenty of chocolate and coffee and booze. absolutely loved it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1311) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours jet black with a tall tan head. Very oaky and lots of wiskey. Rich malty and roasty flavors. Overcarbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1672) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is black with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar but with a bit of woodines to it. Awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured black with a tight thin khaki head that left a thin ring. Aroma has roasted malt some coco and coffee. Taste is roasted malt some wood and bitter chocolate notes. Palate is full chalky and finishes warm and dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Super dark viscous looking pour. Sweet, roasty, licorice, cherry nose. Smooth fairly dense palate. Sweet. Very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4oz pour at Bier Station. Pours Jet Black. Aroma of licorice, peat, coffee. Flavor of dark cherry juice, coffee, peat, pine, slightly medicinal. Has a strong flavor, but a bit too much so.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4035) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Bottle @ BBQ’13: Served in a taster: Brown pour. Medium to bigger sized beige light brown staying foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of bourbon, roast, roasted malts, vanilla, cream.. Too much to tell you! Delicious! Flavours of roast, bourbon, vanilla, barley malts, whiskey, cream. Lovely and delicious again. Aftertaste of liquor, roast, barley wine ish, cream, spices. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, fulll body and a creamy light sticky texture. Deoicious beer! Silky, smooth, world class! Short rating due to me enjoying this beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15503) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate finish with hoppy hints.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2013
on tap Extraordinary, rich and complex malt, chocolate malt, some roast, huge head. Big black body. Roasty and whiskey aromas.. Thick and tasty.The 9% seems like 13% and wastes you. Also points for not being coffee based.


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