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RATINGS: 271   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3875) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Black pour. Aroma of whisky, creamy chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Nice taste of roasted malt, whisky, chocolate, quite some hops, citrus, bitter coffee and some subtle red fruit. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (4564) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2016
(En fût à Flights El Segundo): Un décadent amalgame de caramel, chocolat et nougat surmontés d’une touche fruitée, fumée et très légèrement soya. Avec la richesse de sa texture, c’est du gros calibre.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Poured at home into a snifter. Deep black with a tan head. Goo dlacing. 2012 vintage. Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate, mild coffee, cedar, oak, and some smoke/peat. Taste is woody, dark chocolate, coffee (mild), and vanilla. Medium mouth, not boozy at all. Finish is chocolate and wood. Fine beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4327) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Pitch black with a tan head. A rich whiskey and malty chocolate. The flavor is cocoa powder and rich malty whiskey. An incredibly smooth barrel aged beer that was really easy to drink though I heard it was better on tap.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1565) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, full frothy off white head. Sweet bourbon aroma. Full body with a creamy chocolate malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1558) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
An aroma of black currents, malt and bourbon, pours a good looking black color with a lasting tan head with nice lacing. Taste of malt whiskey, with a hint of coffee, and smoke. Full bodied oily feel with a light mildly bitter phenolic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (628) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Tap at Brix, west Omaha location. Pours black with tan head. Aroma was spirits, vanilla and some coffee. Taste was sweet with a tongue coating creaminess.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alobar (3457) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Pours tar black with soapy beige head. Aroma of whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. Raisin, chocolate, roasted malt flavor with hints of molasses with a touch of whiskey at the back end. Exceptionally well done!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1834) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle shared in Beer Temple, thanks, 3rd March 16. Pours black, aroma is single malt, chocolate, bitter. Taste is chocolate, really well integrated barrel, bitterness, some sweetness, bitter linger. Lovely

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle thanks to Brian! Pours cloudy mahogany, small beige head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, coca, pine. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium plus bitter, chocolate, pine cones, hints of whiskey. Pretty damn hot. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. I honestly thought this was a black IPA.


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