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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (3839) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The smell is roasty, malts, chocolate, sweet, and wood. The look is brown black in color with a decent beige colored head. The taste is malts, alcohol, roasty, whiskey, and wood.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 thanks to thirdeye11 for this bottle. poured black with a beige head. aroma was dark roast, coffee, and fudge. flavor was much the same plus bourbon with a slick body. Re-rate thanks to swalden28. Poured black withal khaki head. Aroma was whiskey, fudge, espresso, and coffee. Flavor pretty much the same as aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. black pour with a cream head. whiskey, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, leather, and syrup on the nose. thick on the palate with flavors of whiskey, vanilla, syrup, and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Nose reminds me of a fireworks stand. Dark chocolate, sulphur, a burnt tissue paper. Taste is like a liquid dark chocolate cordial.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Dark brown pour witha small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar. Flavor is bourbon, caramel, brown sugar.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
( 750ml bottle thanks to RedHaze) Pours near black with nice creamy head and good lacing. Nose of caramel, toast, chocolate syrup and brown sugar. Taste of bourbon, roasted grains, maple syrup, coffee with cream and sugar, and semi-sweet chocolate. Nice medium-thick finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this great bottle. Black body with a bit of tan head. Light bourbon, hint of alcohol, malt sweetness and coffee on the nose. Flavor is fresh coffee, big time semi-sweet chocolate, alcohol, bourbon and some vanilla. Bourbon aroma and flavors are very complimentary in this one. Nice mild, smooth espresso finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3746) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. Dark black our. Some tan head. Smell of light tart, dark malts, roast, and cocoa. A tiny bit of nail polish remover but only if you look for it. Sweet malts immediately upfront. Roasted malts follow closely and fill the palate. Smooth finish. Taste is very solid, no doubt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is coffee with roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with some oaked character as well. Not a real strong whiskey character in the beer but still a very good imperial stout. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle thanks thirdeye11. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, nutty cocoa, burnt rubber, wood and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, nuts, chocolate and tobacco. Creamy carbonation.


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