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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7084) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2522) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7059) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2952) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4743) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11058) - , 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Roast, toast, bits of vanilla and light wood. Medium bodied, chocolate and caramel, nice roast. A little spice, but a bit dead and old. Toast, roast, char on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
750 ml bottle- courtesy of the owners/brewers at GABF weekend! Thanks! Pours a nice deep rick oily black with a nice lingering deep tan head. Aroma is very clean- straight-forward big roasted barley good clean fresh chocolate malts, and a modest whiskey/bourbon hint- not overpowering wiht the barrle or the abv- some oaky hints, light vanilla, some grass , earth and leather tones with hints of anise and tobacco. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, roasty, leather, earthy, vanilla, licorice, smoke, and a moderate sweetness balanced with some oak barrel. Good stuff and easy drinking!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3798) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Girlfriend handed this to me and said it was "some beer from Nebraska." Dark brown, near black pour with a tan head. Aroma of smooth whiskey, chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. Smelled really good, actually. Flavor was impressive as well, smokey roasted malts surrounded by chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Nice full mouthfeel, finishes smokey and boozy. Really good. One of the best things to come out of Nebraska by far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head with okay retention. Initially very boozy, a bit spicy, cedar and tobacco notes, dry wooden notes. Sawdust and coco, mild woody body and a dry coco sweetness.


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