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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1748) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, with a huge light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon/whiskey, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee. whiskey, chocolate, and a little dark fruit. Ends a little dry and bitter. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (436) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Roasty cocoa and light nutty aroma with minor coconut. Tan head and dark black body. Dry roasty malt flavors and dark chocolate. Smooth and dry on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2015
Bottled. Dark brown with lace. Nose of chocolate, coffee, caramel, nicely roasted. Great nose. Creamy toffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla, coffee, very tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8436) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
75 cl bottle.
Pours dark brown color with a small off-white head. Smoky and roasty aroma, some whisky notes, wood and mild chocolate notes. Chocolaty sweet flavor with caramel and mild hops, some faint vanilla and some tobacco notes. A very flavorful and rich brew.
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9497) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
750 ml bottle. #5133. Courtesy of olio. Thanks a lot Toni! Black color with a mid-size tan head. The aroma is sourness, chocolate, dark malt, roasted malt, whiskey and dryness in the aroma. The flavor is sweetness, dryness, dry hops, alcohol, whiskey and mild sourness. Expensive... I'm not sure if I can get all the dollars out of this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (5584) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
750ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, whisky, vanilla, oak, toffee, hints of tobacco and ash. Taste is sweetish, syrupy and slightly roasty with some ash, tobacco, coffee, whisky and dark chocolate. Finish is sweetish, ashy and woody with heavy carbonation, some roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee and oak. Okay roasty and heavily carbonated BA IS, but not extraordinary.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1241) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - DEC 5, 2015
Maybe not one of the most impressing IMP sotuts in any aspect, but overall superbly well balanced and rounded in every of them. Perfect roasted malt background, lovely dark choco tones, noticeable BA woody impact, vanilla, some hops in background with earthy effect. Moderate to light sweetness, moderate malty bitterness, highly enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Melnis (366) - LATVIA - NOV 24, 2015
Viens no aliem kas ir etalons prieks taa kaa ir jabruve alus. ari neizteilsos speciikas, loti tikams imps. Bet price perf. Varetu but labaks

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (596) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
Tasting sessionGolden-orange colour with a white head. 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2896) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours out almost pitch black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is of deep roast, dark chocolate, some charred barrel and light whiskey notes. Taste is complex, silky smooth body, lots of dark chocolate, burnt roast notes, coffee, dried fruit, charred barrel, some mild whiskey notes with a touch of alcohol warmth. Really solid beer.


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