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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2011
beautifully dark, with a little brown head. The aroma is rich with barrel and chocolate. The taste, is surprise equally malty and hoppy. I shared this with a few friends and we all marveled at the hop character that we got out of this. Lighter mouth-feel than i expected in a RIS, but a remarkably interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha pancake head leaves spot lacing. Mild oak aromas. Dry with dark caramel, mocha and bitter chocolate before a mild oak finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2011
7oz draft at the Black Rail. Pour is midnight with a finger of kaki head on top. Nose is cinnamon, roasted malt, black cherries, caramel, cranberries, figs, and just a hint of nutmeg. Taste on par, but there is a distinct hop bitterness that hides like a ninja until the finish, that bam, wet and piney is what lingers on after the beer is swallowed. This is a very well done RIS, one I would love to have a few bottles of.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3922) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
09-JUL-2011, bottle @Ulkløbben Summerparty. Brought by Henrik. Black with low brown head. Minty and malty nose with some dusty chocolate and a touch of whisky. Taste is minty bourbon with vanilla and a long sweet oaky finish. Really thick mouthfeel. Fine brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small beige head. Nice cocoa, coffee and faint bourbon notes in the nose. Medium in body, I liked how this beer was not overdone, a lot of barrel aged beers can too big and just a mess.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Thanks Armin. The aroma is a nice black licorice and charred black patent malt with some raisins. The flavor is heavy on the black patent but has a nice licorice an sweet stone fruit. The palate is dry and medium bodied. Pours to a black body with a thin tan head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4550) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Pours opaque black with one finger of foamy chestnut brown head. Nose is rich with bitter chocolate and notes of tannic oak and vanilla. Some sweetness and a mild alcoholic heat. Bakers chocolate and molasses with a lovely backdrop of vanilla and wood. Mild alcoholic warmth and a medium body with slight bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3036) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
On tap at Hawthornes in Philly. This beer pours black with a thick tan head. Very nice roast malt aroma chocolate, vanilla, some wood. Big bold flavor with just a touch too much alcohol for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Thanks to Armin for bringing the 750mL bottle over. Poured very deep brown with a tall, sticky beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up sweet, soft, meaty coconut and blended chocolates kissed by whiskey, oak, and vanilla.. some earthy and piney accents.. sweet overall. The flavor actually found more vanilla and coconut than any of the malts, but there was some tasty chocolate in there too.. more vanilla and peppery warmth on the dry, black patenty finish. Medium-bodied and very dry on the palate.. tasty and well-balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Ethan for sharing. Black with a thick, nicely laced tan head. Nose of oak, whiskey, roast, vanilla, cocoa. Palate is a little thin, lots of whiskey upfront, some roast, cocoa. Pretty good.


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