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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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

RedHaze's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2736) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle at Mette and Theis. Brown with a medium sized light brown head with good retention, lace and regeneration. Chalk, light charcoal and mild roasted malt in the nose. Flavour has bourbon notes of vanilla, coconut, white glue. Some stinging alcohol, chocolate, hay. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet and bitter, moderately alcoholic. A touch hot, but ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1152) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Thick and heavy black in color and feel. Woody, chocolate, some dark fruits in the end for a sweet balance. The high ABV sneaks up for sure. Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (7227) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle from Binnys, Chicago. Bought in February 2016. My first one from this Brewery. Black with a creamy tan head. Sweetish with bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, light coffee and some roasted malt. Kind of smooth and with a long finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle at Theis’. Pours an opaque black with a substantial beige head and lacings. Very very sweet with aromas of coco and vanilla. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Long dry and sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle at home - thanks to SlackerMads. Pitch black - offwihite head. Chocolate. nutty. Bitter notes. Hazelnuts. Whiskey. Dark chocolate. Minerals. Minty. Very cold - hvor er Papsø. Light coffee. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2113) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2016
750 mL bottle shared with Gus. The pour is a dark brown/light black with a thicker khaki head that falls slowly leaving a good bit of lacing. The aroma is nicely roasty with a good bit of barrel and a light whiskey. There is a decent dark chocolate mixed in. It’s very plain, but well done. The flavors are nice. There is a good barrel up front and a lovely roasty malt and lighter dark chocolate. It’s interesting. It’s a blend of heavy malt and roast and nice bitterness. The mouth feel is a little thin with a nice soft carbonation and. A lingeringly boozy roast that comes through and carries it nicely to the finish. This is a pretty tasty beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3783) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Black pour. Aroma of whisky, creamy chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Nice taste of roasted malt, whisky, chocolate, quite some hops, citrus, bitter coffee and some subtle red fruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (4482) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2016
(En fût à Flights El Segundo): Un décadent amalgame de caramel, chocolat et nougat surmontés d’une touche fruitée, fumée et très légèrement soya. Avec la richesse de sa texture, c’est du gros calibre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Poured at home into a snifter. Deep black with a tan head. Goo dlacing. 2012 vintage. Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate, mild coffee, cedar, oak, and some smoke/peat. Taste is woody, dark chocolate, coffee (mild), and vanilla. Medium mouth, not boozy at all. Finish is chocolate and wood. Fine beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4243) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Pitch black with a tan head. A rich whiskey and malty chocolate. The flavor is cocoa powder and rich malty whiskey. An incredibly smooth barrel aged beer that was really easy to drink though I heard it was better on tap.

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