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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet caramel, whiskey, wood, roasty malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, oaky, vanilla, dark fruit, green wood notes, and a good dose of hoppy bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3648) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pours pitch black with a creamy medium tan head...looks thick! Aroma has oaky vanilla and whiskey...not overly boozy...some nice roastiness. Flavor has a hint of dark fruit, nice whiskey and vanilla...nice roastiness. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy...finish is oaky with nice whiskey...mildly warming and boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
I got to try this bruiser at a tasting a few days ago. The beer was served a lot colder than I prefer, but here goes. The beer has a very solid appearance, pouring a burnt black color with a firm finger of tan, bubbly head. It has excellent retention. Notes of dry chocolate, roast, barrel and a twang of coffee are present in the nose. In the mouth, the beer has a pleasing, coating quality that allows flavors of oaky whiskey, bready malt, chocolate and coconut to linger. It is very pudding-like I thought, with the coconut complexity only adding to this quality. There is also a backbone of firm, malty dark fruit that ties everything together very well. A terrific beer, perhaps only lacking in complexity for what I was expecting by the price of a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, & some dark fruit; Flavor of roasted malt, oak, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit, and hops; Finish is slightly bitter & somewhat smoky; Nicely balanced; Overall, pretty dam good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate caramel light spice and hints of bourbon to the aroma and taste with a roasted grain finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Pitch black, huge tan head, big bubbles, nice retention, lacing... big woody aroma, nice roasty, creamy aroma that gets lost a bit under the big barrel aged aroma of wood and vanilla... loads of dark fruits, wood, vanilla, dominate, a little astringent initially, then mellows immediately... full bodied, lightly lively, finishes kinda dry.. The barrel aging, woodiness is almost too prevailent, the imperial stout gets lost behind it...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle. Black pour, small tan head. Roasted malt, dry chocolate, twangy whiskey, bitter hops, almost metallic. I am not liking this too much. It’s okay, just overrated.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Black pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, prunes and molasses. Flavor is a big dose of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, bourbon and a bitter finish. Nice brew!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2011
750 ml bottle that poured a dark black with a thick tan head that took a sun dial to time for it die down. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Taste is a smoothe chocolate/coffee stout that is slightly chewy with a nice wiskey finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
750ml bottle. Deep black brew with a thick tan head. Big time whiskey on the nose with some roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate and roast in the flavor with an excellent amount of whiskey in the flavor. Smooth and creamy going down.


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