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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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


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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 (5253) - 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a beige head. Aroma shows lots of chocolate, coffee, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Flavor shows the same with plenty of roast character, as well as tobacco, pepper, dates, light coconut, and some raw alc. Overall body is moderate to full, boozy, and finishes with plenty of roast malt/cocoa bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle. Gigantic, dense, chocolate milk-looking head. Lots of lace. Dark, Opaque brown/black. Nose was a bit strange; had some tart oak qualities, nail polish remover and black marker, grapes, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavors bring forth more roasted malt and chocolate with some dry, spicey, almost peppery whiskey characteristics..a bit boozy tasting...whiskey influence is strong but seems a bit harsh too...not the nice, rounded vanilla oaky stuff you get from a bourbon barrell...but more spicy and boozy and more dry than sweet. The oak does bring about some grapey tart essence, but not enough to make it interesting. The body seems weird...it feels like theres chunks in here, but there may bot be, i can’t tell...just feels gritty in the mouth. Meh, at $25/bottle I should have passed on this one.

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 (5365) - 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 (4041) - 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.


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