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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Thanks to the kind soul who brought this to the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours a menacing black with a slight tan head. Nose is bourbon, roast, more bourbon, and a hint of coffee. Flavor is similar with the bourbon and the coffee/ roast dancing together. This one has really put Nebraska Brewing on my radar screen. Holy hell, keep beauties like this medium to full-bodied beast coming!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to Foppa78) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours dense black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is hot with sticky bourbon and roast. Faint notes of coffee as well. Flavor is wonderful. I think the barrel is nice and finessed in this beer. Roast, black patent and coffee mix with oak and sweet bourbon finishing with lingering vanilla and alcohol. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1162) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2010 750 ml bottle, courtesy Beerlando. This pours a dark mahogany brown color with some black at the edges and topped by a thick, tan colored head of foam that shows good retention. The foam slowly settles leaving dense patches of lacing around the glass. The aroma shows notes of rich, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee as the base to go with the oaky bourbon, vanilla, and earthen hop bitterness. The bourbon doesn’t overpower, but adds nice balance with it’s woody profile. The flavors follow suit and show a nice balance between the dry, rich cocoa, sweet caramel, and dark roasted coffee. Some pine and earthen hops add balancing bitterness on the back end. The oak comes through and adds notes of vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon adds a touch of sweetness and some nice warming. The palate is full bodied and smooth, with subtle carbonation that leads to a slightly dry and sweet cocoa finish. This is a really tasty and well crafted stout. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2015 Bottle. Black pour with some brown head. Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt and light chocolate, some etoh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle shared at Paul’s Thanksgiving tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark roasted malt aroma with whiskey, oak, and a touch of vanilla. The flavor has roasted malt and whiskey, with a light sweetness and light smokey notes. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2560) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Black pour tan head .... aroma of oaky whiskey and light roasted chocolate ... taste of roasted malts, whiskey and sweet caramel, molasses, light chocolate and coffee .... oaky and a nice dry finish little thinner than I thought it would be but a really good imperial

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7095) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12/17/10. 750mL bottle shared by fata2683 - thanks, Keith! Preceded in grand display by the famous song of its namesake! Nice black pour with a small brown head. Sweet and almost sour aroma with lots of bourbon. Big sweet flavor with some vanilla and oak, but there is a ton of burn as well. Pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2977) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
It pours dark black soot with an awesome creamy biege head. The ubtle aroma of whisky blended with roasty malts and notes from the barrel.. It tastes for me the smoothes whiskey barrel aged stout ever. There are hops blended on the palatenicely settling with slight warmness but so smooth and welcoming from the whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4845) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle shared at Pauls Thanksgiving weekend bash. Poured a solid black body with a foamy beige head. Aroma of burnt malts, roastiness, honey and whiskey notes. Perfect palate with a fuller body that finishes with roastiness over an average carbonation and no alcohol heat despite the 9% ABV. Overall the flavor is burnt and roasted malts, toast, dark chocolate and a hint of whiskey. Solid beer that I enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11242) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle shared by Paul at his gathering. Pours black tar with brown head. Nose and taste of whiskey barrel, roasted chocolate malts, light licorice, coffee and vanilla.

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