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RATINGS: 275   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3996) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Pours a deep brownish black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of woody tannins, dark chocolate, deep roast, and a hint of soy. Taste follows, drop the soy and add some sweet chocolate and vanilla, earthy middle. Booze is well hidden, thick and viscous, solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Black pour with a tan colored, single finger head. Lace present. Aroma is full of oak and whiskey, along with some vanilla, leather and tobacco. On the lighter side in terms of body. Taste has some chocolate notes, whiskey and bitter dark malts. Dry finish. This is good, but the mouth is awfully thin. It’s got it all except for the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4877) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2016
Half growler. Opaque brown-black with a ring and smattering of bubbles. Nose is caramel, char, milk chocolate and hints of soy and tobacco. Flavors of milk chocolate, barrel, whiskey and caramel. Medium body is a bit thin and hot with booze, but has a drinkable balance and a smooth, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6031) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle: Pours black with a small, dark tan head. Whiskey, wood, chocolate aroma. Ashy bitter....dark chocolate, coffee ground flavour. Great balanced alcohol warmth...drinks very smoothly....huge fudge notes as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1179) - Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate and some dark fruit notes. Taste is sweet, chocolate, and hints of fruit. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Nebraska Black Betty finishes with a subtle booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3856) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2016
shared bottle, poured a deep dark black colour with a light beige head. nose of roasted malts, caralem, hop bitterness, toasted nuts, dark chocolate notes, vanilla, whisky notes which add a extra sweetness to it. still a nice hop bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Black coffee, chocolate fudge malt, wood ash, and whiskey aroma. Black with moderate tan head. Moderately sweet dark chocolate malt, black coffee, and moderately bitter whiskey/herbal hay flavor. Nice body and balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Draft at Mekong. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Fairly roasty on the nose with lots of Hop notes. Thick and viscous on the tongue with lots of hop flavor. Has some solid bitterness on the finish to keep things clean. Solid example of style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2866) - 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 (1356) - 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

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