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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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1326) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Fairview. Pours black with a massive khaki head that seems to last forever. The aromas are vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, cherries. The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a heavy body and light carbonation. What a great and complex beer! Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2254) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Good? Yes. Worth the $20 entry fee? Not really. There are plenty of bourbon barrel aged stouts around for 30% less that are as good or better. If you’re in Nebraska? Hell yeah! Farther afield? Maybe not. Looks great, tastes great, not worth paying a premium for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle, chillen... in my dining room... just now.
Pours black with a medium sized head and lots of lace.

Aroma is roasty with some light bourbon. Some toasted marshmallows, & some dark fruit.

Nicely sweet & fruit forward. Bitter & roasty with some light barrel character. Light alcoholic presence, a little chalky... decent.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2190) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
Tap at World of beer Sugar Land. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of molasses, whiskey barrel, roast, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is rich chocolate, roast and whiskey barrel. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6034) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at Cottonwood. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong chocolate, cracker, roast. Medium mouthfeel, nice roast, dark chocolate, light dryness, very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6834) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 4, 2015
shared by the weasel .. . pours eep black .. medium foam .. . medium to full mouth .. . tar, sweet tar, and nice cool barrel .. . deep finish, nice beer all around .. . .
p.s. -is grandma still farting?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6030) - Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2015
750ml bottle
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. Flavors of caramel, dark malts and dark fruit
Nice

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2114) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a tan head..Nose is vanilla, chocolate, roast, sweet, spice, coconut..Taste is chocolate, coconut, oak, bourbon, vanilla...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (492) - USA - JAN 30, 2015
Dark cola black with half finger khaki head. Smells of musty, oak bourbon, chocolate, cherry, malty. Taste is roasty charred hops, cigarette ash, musty oak, bakers chocolate, cocoa. Sweet chocolate malt back end with some caramel malt, a little vanilla. Good balance, a bit spice, but mostly roasty chocolate ash. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Very scotchy and bourbony barrel aged beer Kind of sweet flavor with a smokey flavor. Had a bottle pour at kasers. Smells smokey ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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