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RATINGS: 274   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alobar (3493) - 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 (1880) - 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 (6568) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demannu (364) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Black pour with a frothy tan head. Fairly boozy aroma with notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Extremely satisfying palate, smooth and creamy, not overly heavy. Flavor is roasty and sweet with solid representation of chocolate and whiskey barrel aging. Very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2016
On tap at Alchemy, early 2016. Thick, sugary raisin molasses tones. Honey, booze. Big, monster Imperial Stout. Really big, unique. Raisin, plum, caramel, chocolate. Very sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1166) - , Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2016
bomber aged for 1.5 years. going from crappy notes - good brew! normal stout stuff done well; a little vinous up front (too much aging?) but after that - very good stout basics + slight wood. well balanced. need to have again...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1307) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Aroma is barrel, whiskey, roasted malt, licorice, light coffee. Appearance is black, light brown head, poured pretty thin. Taste is real smooth, a bit of licorice, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, barrel, and whiskey, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to thick body, soft to medium carbonation, lots of roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, this is very very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4097) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
23 Jan 2016, bottle. Black. Nose is burnt malt, faintly acidic. Med body, creamy, and mildly fizzy. Dark, dark chocolate, brown sugar makes it sweet but there is still an overpowering burnt malt bitterness. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3894) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle shared @ Beer Temple. Pours an inky black beer with a small beige head on top. Aroma has massive whisky notes, hints of caramel, booze, sweet molasses, licorice. Flavor is very sweet, boozy, loads of barrel notes and is not as thick as I’d expected it to be. Still an amazing mouthfeel, long sweet finish with great balance. Very nice stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Tap at hops and pie. Clear dark reddish brown with a thick brown head that lasts in a ring and laces. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is the same, sweet with a roasted end. Medium plus bodied, smooth with a dry roasty warm end.


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