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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Vin. Pours a deep black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is sweet whiskey, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with notes of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2010
750ml: Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, slight alcohol, slight coconut, slight roasted malt, and a hint of oak. Poured pitch black in color with a large, cream, dense, rocky, light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is medium to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, whiskey, tar, burnt malt, smoke, bitter coffee, coconut, light vanilla, ash, light wood, and some chocolate. Medium to full body. Lightly viscous, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Whiskey, bitter coffee, light wood, coconut, vanilla, and roasted malt finish is dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throuhgout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4628) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2010
750 tracked down in a store in Lincoln whose name I forget but that Wes got me to after some time at the brewpub drinking. Batch 1. Pours black with thin tan head. Body and aroma is bourbon. Raisin. Plum. Pretty sticky with a touch of sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
750ml bottle from foppa... Pours a dark cola blackish pour with less intense edges and a thin to medium film of ligh khaki head... Nose made up of light char and peaty with a semi-moderate whiskey bent. Some light chocolate and cocoa undertones Not the cleanest aromas overall but improves a bit... Flavors are def whiskey forward yet smooth with some heat. Non-assertive cocoa and chocolate notes with creamy fluffy subdued body. Some lasting burn comes through eventually and the whiskey makes it somewhat rough. Better at first and then got a little old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2010
750 ml bottle from Josh. Deep brown pour with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma is chocolate with oaky notes and hints of licorice. Flavor is a complex mix of several flavors, most notably chocolate and oak again with a hint of coffee. It paints the palate with a thick chocolate finish. Awesome beer, wish I could buy it in Minnesota!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Small tasting/gathering last night of Seattle Beer Week 2010
Thanks Alex – Black as the night can get big dark malt aroma. Lots of bourbon and oak also in the aroma. This was a great malt build of coffee, dark chocolate and the bourbon mixed well. Fantastic Barrel aged brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Sampled at the 7th Annual Parkville Microbrew Festival on April 24th, 2010. I’ve had this lots of times. As black as Angela’s hair. Remarkable dark brown head with the consistency of concrete. I always smell and taste coconuts from this beer. It might just be Tyson’s masterpiece thus far in his young career. I look forward to all the aged tastings in the Barrage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Black pour with a nice tan head. Aroma is full of delicious vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, prunes and molasses. Flavor is silky smooth with a big dose of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, bourbon and a really welcomed bitter finish. Damn fine brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6942) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - 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.

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