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RATINGS: 179   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


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2010
750ml bottle purchased at the brewpub. This is their RIS aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels, served in a snifter.. Pours black but just short of pitch. There’s a little crimson peeking through the edges. Very small head that fades quickly to a thin swirling layer of bubbles, and as a result there’s very little lacing. Smell; lots of vanilla and molasses, with a touch of coconut and cocoa. The whiskey is present but it’s pleasantly mild, playing more of a complimentary role in the aroma. Taste; the coconut and vanilla really come through right out of the gates. Followed by a earthy molasses sweetness that, fortunately, falls a little short of becoming cloying. The finish reminds me of the chocolate bourbon balls that my In-Laws make for Christmas minus the powdered sugar (my MIL likes her bourbon balls). I really like the whiskey profile here. It adds just enough to the beer so that you know it was aged in whiskey barrels, without overwhelming the actual beer. Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the sticky side, and with the low carbonation, gives this a rather smooth feel. The drinkability is good, though one 750 is definitely enough. Tyson and Co. have a winner on their hands here. This is definitely the best of their three bottled beers so far, and I really hope they keep making this one. Though I do hope they manage to find a way to reduce the price point as this is a little expensive at almost $20 a bottle.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2157) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle that two years old, and we are listening Ran Jam. The aroma is cherries, slight brettanomyces funk, chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, brettanomyces funky cherries, slight medicinal, maltiness. The whiskey is well hidden, no heat. Tasty even with the infection. "Black Betty had a child bam-ba-lam the damn thing gone wild" just sayin’

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1019) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
On draught at Belmont Station for Bigger Badder Blacker Week. Pitch black color. Aroma is tobacco, oak smoke, coffee, and dark roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate, cream, smoke, whiskey-soaked wood, and black malt. Roasting, chocolate, and whiskey notes get more pronounced as it opens up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (503) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
On draught at Belmont station - pours pitch black with small but prominent tan head. Nose of booze, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is of warming booze, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Very complex and well worth trying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (193) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Has an odd flavor that is light and fruity with a whiskey finish. Has a dark brown color and light brown head with a whiskey aroma. Very unique.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (549) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. The aroma has strong bourbon notes with some chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. It has strong bourbon and rich, malty middle with a rich bourbon and chocolate finish over a thick, chewy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9021) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty oak finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
On tap. Comes black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, and wood. Nice to sip on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2013
I enjoyed everything about this brew but the price. WOW great barrel aged stout

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
RBSG 2013. Lots of roasted malt, but far too boozy for my taste. A well made beer ruined by too much bourbon. Roasted grain and a heavypalate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (925) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2013
This is good, but way too heavy on the whiskey. Would truly benefit from a 50-50 split with the non-whiskey version. As I've said before, barrel aging is hard! B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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