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RATINGS: 185   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (623) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. The aroma has strong bourbon notes with some chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. It has strong bourbon and rich, malty middle with a rich bourbon and chocolate finish over a thick, chewy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty oak finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
On tap. Comes black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, and wood. Nice to sip on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2013
I enjoyed everything about this brew but the price. WOW great barrel aged stout

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (4441) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
RBSG 2013. Lots of roasted malt, but far too boozy for my taste. A well made beer ruined by too much bourbon. Roasted grain and a heavypalate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1222) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2013
This is good, but way too heavy on the whiskey. Would truly benefit from a 50-50 split with the non-whiskey version. As I've said before, barrel aging is hard! B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1799) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bomber from cheese shop ..pitch black pour with brown head...surypy ... aroma is coconut chocolate..happiness..taste is similar..very smooth... awesome

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2013
draft poured black and thick and chewy and it was just a small sample but the flavors of coffee, chocolate and booze and malts comes through with a punch you in the face so ever good. a great winter beer. the flavor is so strong with flavors that overcome the tongue and senses. plenty of chocolate and coffee and booze. absolutely loved it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1643) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours jet black with a tall tan head. Very oaky and lots of wiskey. Rich malty and roasty flavors. Overcarbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is black with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar but with a bit of woodines to it. Awesome.


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