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RATINGS: 196   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6791) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle shared generously by Alex. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. A sweet bourbon and wood nose. Sweet flavors merge from huge roasted malts and lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5730) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Woody nose, whiskey and oak dominate. Light sweet dark malt as well. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy beige ring. Dark roast, oak, vanilla, earth, wood. Very balanced oak flavors. Dry, whiskey, oak. Whiskey boozey wood finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6485) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2010
750, capped. thanks alex! pours black with a loose tan head. light stringy lace. nice sweet chocolate and pitted tree fruit nose. creamy, almost sticky medium body. prunes, dates, coffee, roast, and a little char on the mid palate. long roasty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thrideye11) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and whiskey. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, coffee, and whiskey with a dry wood finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4304) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The smell is roasty, malts, chocolate, sweet, and wood. The look is brown black in color with a decent beige colored head. The taste is malts, alcohol, roasty, whiskey, and wood.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 thanks to thirdeye11 for this bottle. poured black with a beige head. aroma was dark roast, coffee, and fudge. flavor was much the same plus bourbon with a slick body. Re-rate thanks to swalden28. Poured black withal khaki head. Aroma was whiskey, fudge, espresso, and coffee. Flavor pretty much the same as aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. black pour with a cream head. whiskey, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, leather, and syrup on the nose. thick on the palate with flavors of whiskey, vanilla, syrup, and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2384) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Nose reminds me of a fireworks stand. Dark chocolate, sulphur, a burnt tissue paper. Taste is like a liquid dark chocolate cordial.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Dark brown pour witha small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar. Flavor is bourbon, caramel, brown sugar.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5711) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
( 750ml bottle thanks to RedHaze) Pours near black with nice creamy head and good lacing. Nose of caramel, toast, chocolate syrup and brown sugar. Taste of bourbon, roasted grains, maple syrup, coffee with cream and sugar, and semi-sweet chocolate. Nice medium-thick finish.


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