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RATINGS: 214   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


cooplander's rating

3.9
   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
chadmasontx (9) - - AUG 24, 2015 does not count
From bottle, not aged. Dark black with thin khaki head. Coffee and roasted malt favors. Needs some aging; was a little hot. Very decent RIS, but for being BBA, not quite enough boozy flavor for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1827) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2015
On tap at Champps Americana in Brookfield. Black pour with a little beige head. Aroma has bourbon chocolate with some oak. Taste is of dark chocolate, vanilla, some anise, some oak. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is quite hidden. Finishes slightly more sweet than bitter. Nice solid barrel aged brew.15.2

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle pour at 2015 GTMW, pours black with a thin brown head, the aroma has a good amount of chocolate and roast, a bit of vanilla as well, the flavor has a roasty front end with some chocolate and vanilla in the finish, mouthfeel is a little bit thin but still decent, some coffee shows through too, not bad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle sample at GTMW. Pitch black color, brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of tobacco, burnt espresso, dark chocolate. Taste is rich roasty vanilla, coffee, cocoa. Delicious.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Mltwatson (2) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2015 does not count
Enjoyed from a brandy glass. It looks almost too pretty to drink. Strong chocolate on the nose. Slight chocolate taste followed by coffee. All around a decent imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Pours a pitch black color. Tan head with good lacing and carbonation. Has a strong malt flavor. Subtle whiskey, coffee, and chocolate flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Well this was a nice surprise. Thickish black body. Big woody bourbon aroma. Nice chocolate bourbon taste. Best comparison I could give is it is very similar to Barrel Aged Plead the 5th. Had the BAPT5 earlier in the day and almost felt like I was drinking it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (2086) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle. This is a nice roasty stout with near perfect balance. Wish I could get this where I live.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1780) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
(Bottle) clear, very dark brown colour with a medium tall, brown head;aroma of wet wood, vanilla, chocolote; balanced flavour with a very long, medium bitter and a bit mineral finish

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
The best beer we tried at my graduation. Black oil, creamy mouthfeel, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and whisky.


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