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RATINGS: 182   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Full bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel. This beer has lots of dark bitter roastiness and spicy oak, with a hint of smoke. Very dry finish. Not bad, but could use a little more balance of other flavors for my tastes.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 07/02/2014. Pours deep black, thick fluffy light tan head, great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Aroma is powdered baker’s chocolate, solid roast base, coffee overtones, marshmallow, red fruit with sweetish whiskey finish. Taste is dark chocolate syrup, held in check by strong roast and coffee notes, licorice, hops noticeable towards the finish, prominent whiskey lingering in the aftertaste. Thick, dense body. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (258) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
A huge frothy khaki head fills the snifter to the brim. A black body presents a thin auburn highlight at the stem. The vessel is decorated with a few soapy thick peninsulas of lace once the monstrous head dissipates.

Mildly assertive, very well integrated layers of lightly toasted nuts and whiskey are expressed in the initial aroma. The assertive spirit characteristics possess chocolate and heavy raisin notes, making them behave on a different plane. The components are mingling very nicely, yet the party doesn’t seem to have quite started. As this one moves well into the sixties, a heavier coffee-chocolate layer emerges. This additional influence works exceptionally well with the fruity spirit notes.

A silky smooth medium plus body caresses the palate offering additional notes of vanilla, chocolate, and treacle, with a hint of smoke as the liquid breezes through. Bold fruity esters combine with the oak tannins creating an assertive spicy dryness. Residuals are a conglomeration of all the previously mentioned components. A bit of gooey chocolate chip cookie emerges late. As the serving layers up, some dark cherry flavors and a bit of stickiness forms.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (1956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2227) - 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 (1191) - 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 (585) - 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 (286) - 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 (582) - 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 (9436) - 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 (3270) - 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.


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