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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is coconut, funky, light roast malts, taste is sweet, toffee, roasty, bourbon, little apple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (19732) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
bottle at home ... jan 2016 ... dark black ... massive tan head ... dark chocolate roast dark malts ... dark chocolate orast .. dark chocolate roast ... dark malts .. rich chcolate .. heavy roast .. dark roast .. dark malts .. rich chocolate roast

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (8678) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle at Craigs. Pours black with a massive tan head. Bit fizzy. Aromas of charcoal, dark fruit, tar. Taste is dark stone, creamy chocolate finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1891) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Aromas of coffee, earthy cacao, alcohol fusels, nutty, kind of raisiny. Black with a lasting, fluffy, chocolate-brown head. Roasty, somewhat sweet, chocolatey in the finish. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (348) - POLAND - JAN 2, 2016
0.75 bottle. Pours jet black with beige head and nice lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and whisky. Sweet, moderately bitter. Smooth, full bodied. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1761) - 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 (441) - 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 (8746) - 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 (8719) - 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 (9669) - 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


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