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RATINGS: 214   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9692) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2010
Extraordinary, rich and complex malt, hocolate malt, some roast, huge head. Big black body.Roasty and whiskey aromas. Whiskey was so boozy for mid-day, but hey it beats bourbon. Thick and tasty.The 9% seems like 13% and wastes you. Also points for not being coffee based.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Sample poured from a bottle at FOBAB 2010. Pours an inky, opaque black with a small brown head. The aroma doesn’t pop like I wanted it to, but was still nice, with notes of roasted malts, tobacco, whiskey, vanilla, oak, and coffee. The flavor picks up a bit, with deep roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, coffee, oak, dark fruits, and a touch of char. Full-bodied, with a rich, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. My first Nebraska brew was a good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Nearly opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoke, cocoa, vanilla, nuts, and bourbon. Taste of roast, dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010, Bottle (Whiskey Aged): Jet black with a a creamy fluffy tan head and sticky lace. The aroma has notes of molasses, tobacco, leather, prune, raisin, coffee, charred black malt and charred whiskey barrel, some alcohol and pepper. The taste is a wonderful blend of rich decadent dark malts, twangy molasses and dark fruits, with just enough whiskey and coffee character to keep the palate refreshed and happy. There is a slight oak and burnt sugar characteristic as well. The mouth feel is lush and yet lively enough to be slightly aggressive. My only beef with this brew is an unwelcoming plastic character that was honestly surprising and unexpected. Still all things considered, a fine brew all told.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours a deep almost black with a medium creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of like whiskey, great chocolate nose, toffee, hints of vanilla and oak. Flavor of bourbon, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3539) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, rich roasted malt, vanilla, nougat, caramel. Flavor of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and nougat. Not too bourbon-forward, which is nice, and very complex. Very enjoyable barrel-aged impy. 8/4/8/4/16 [4.0/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tan head that coasters. Nice lace on the glass. Roasty malt aroma with a hint of licorice, a little barrel as well but not overpowering in any sense. The taste is malty roasted with some sweetness, earthy, and oaky. Some dark chocolate and vanilla notes as well. There is a bitter taste that is a little off putting but otherwise this is a decent beer. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
750ml bottle, fairly fresh 2010 vintage. The body is a deep, dark mahogany color with a glint of deep burgundy that comes through is a strong light. A thick, foamy, light mocha tinted head lasts a good while, slowly morphing into a small, dense blanket as it leaves bubble-riddled, cobweb lacing on the glass. The nose is very nicely constructed, starting out with a rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee base, accompanied by some burnt molasses, bold earthen hops, and a touch of fresh, prickly pine. Boldly woody, notes of raw oak and vanilla bring with them wisps of caramelly, sour mash bourbon. It’s not too boozy and not overly sweet, making for a nice aromatic profile overall. Flavors are right on par, again beautifully balanced. Chocolate notes are more along the lines of bittersweet, dry cocoa, and they are countered with some darkly roasted coffee and a general earthy richness. Pine and earth hops contribute supporting bitterness. Oak is quite prominent, lending lightly sweet wood and vanilla. The finish turns a bit sweeter, but not overly so, as coffee softens into more of a mocha and chocolate milk profile. Soft bourbon notes add some caramel, light alcohol, and peanut skins. On the palate, the medium-full body is smooth up front, with moderate to low carbonation, transitioning to more of a chalky, milky feel on the back end. Very nicely done for an imperial stout. Full of flavor, and it manages to stay well away from cloying. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and woody / oakiness. Tastes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, some earthiness, roast, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8602) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2010
750 ml bottle from a secret procurer. Pours dark black with 2-finger off-tan head and great lacing. Nose is heavy vanilla, woody and oaky, with spare dark malt, molasses, figgy fruit, some hops. Delicious nose on this. Tastes dark patent malty, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, woody earthy peaty flavors, and a bit of fuselly heat. Medium palate. not terribly rich or complex, and some coffee flavors emerge late, with increased backup hop notes in the flavor.

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