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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3795) - 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 (5695) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 12, 2009
No light can shine through this dark, dark beer. Beige head. Barrel-aged flavor is nicely in proportion to the deep roasted flavor. I think the folks at NBC must really care about us if this is what they are brewing for us.


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