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RATINGS: 190   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2339) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
In short: An oaky and vinous impy stout with an awkward oaky sourness. Just ok.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed approximately 1 year after purchase.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is heavy on the vanilla, with plenty of bourbon/whiskey and dark fruits. Taste is bit oily blackened malts, lots of vanilla, bourbon/whiskey, ripe dark fruits with a light fruity sourness, coffee blackberries, watermelons (!?!), a vinous character, strong oak presence. Relatively low roastiness for the style, this is more on the sticky-juicy side of things. The barrels do their usual job (vanilla, wood, etc.) but the barrels also seem to add a light awkward oaky Flemish Sour character to the beer which brings down my score. Well carbonated but overall very oily sensation. Named after Black Betty, the famous African-American work song, and if you ask me, a African-American is only good for one thing… being equal to white people in society! (you didn’t see this one coming now did you?)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1873) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2013
This pours an opaque black into the glass, with the deepest of mahogany-ruby hues to the fringes of light... if even that. The deep, dark chocolate head stiffs like ice cream as an initial cap, diminishing over time to create thick, rich pocked lacing down the glass. The bouquet is of chocolate and pie spices, with a hint of leather thrown in. Flavors are similar, with lots of mixed chocolates (sweet/milk vs. semisweet/dark vs. unsweet/baker’s), wood, tanned leather, LOTS of wet tobacco leaf, caramel, dark berries, tannins, nut skins and pits of dark fruits. Clean grassy bitters and lots of cacao bean finish the pull. The smooth, round body combines with a tart berry palate to form a substantive, yet actively complex mouthfeel. Lots of complexities going on here, and kudos for that!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (8186) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Great beer right here. Not very viscious but one of those beers that was designed perfectly for barrel-aging. It is spiritlike at times, very caramally, nice cocoa, a desert-type stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is of wood, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate wood and a hint of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
black color, aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, same flavors, some dark fruits, vanilla, soy, creamy, nice balance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3871) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a fairly thick tan head. Nose has just a hint of sweetness with some roasting and subtle alcohol notes. Taste has a bit of bitterness to it with some roasting and a slight bit of bourbon. Fairly smooth, too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2013
75cl bottle, purchased in Summer 2011. Large tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, whisky, vanilla, some oak, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, whisky, some wood, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Sticky medium-full body, creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5150) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Thanks Troy. Very dark brown. A nose of big malts. Big malts and dark fruit. Soy. Wood and a little vanilla. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma of deep dark roasted malts, mild whiskey barrels, a bit of chocolate and light espresso. Flavour is rich as hell, full of richly dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, whiskey barrels, and sweet brown sugar. Dense and rich as hell, very complex, and quite sweet as well as roasted. Becomes a bit cloying the more you drink, but it’s a pleasure to drink.

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