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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 Stranahanís 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 Ė 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
black color, aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, same flavors, some dark fruits, vanilla, soy, creamy, nice balance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a fairly thick tan head. Nose has just a hint of sweetness with some roasting and subtle alcohol notes. Taste has a bit of bitterness to it with some roasting and a slight bit of bourbon. Fairly smooth, too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2013
75cl bottle, purchased in Summer 2011. Large tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, whisky, vanilla, some oak, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, whisky, some wood, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Sticky medium-full body, creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Thanks Troy. Very dark brown. A nose of big malts. Big malts and dark fruit. Soy. Wood and a little vanilla. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7053) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma of deep dark roasted malts, mild whiskey barrels, a bit of chocolate and light espresso. Flavour is rich as hell, full of richly dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, whiskey barrels, and sweet brown sugar. Dense and rich as hell, very complex, and quite sweet as well as roasted. Becomes a bit cloying the more you drink, but itís a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle... Pours nearly black with a small, creamy, cappuccino head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of deeply roasted malts, toasted tree nuts, moist brownies and gobs of fudge. Full-bodied and velvety with tickling carbonation. The flavor offers a boozy mishmash of bittersweet dark chocolate, singed caramel and ethanol. Finishes tongue-numbing and warming, followed by charcoal bitterness that clings to my palate for a good while. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Beer 28 Asheville trip, draft at Thirsty Monk. Poured black. Aroma of chocolate malt, slightly woody, and boozy. Flavor is chocolate, a metric ton of wood, and booze on the finish. This actually got considerably better as it warmed. And also as my palate was numbed by the wood assault. I can see how some would really go for this, but a bit over the top with the barrel for me. In a sense this one scored higher than I actually cared for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3489) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Iíve been saving this for a special occasion - and since now U.S. women can serve in combat roles, I think thatís worth a toast! So, on to this here now brewski. Strong roast malt aroma has an oaky and whisky overtone, obviously from the barrel aging; it has notes of chocolate and caramel as well. Comes out of the bottle a rich sable just a whisker above jet black with a very thick and rather persistent tan head. Robust and rich flavor has firm tones of roast malt, chocolate, quality coffee, oaked whisky and licorice - may be whispers of toffee and horehound in there, too. Firm, smooth texture has some good fizz and leaves a smoky texture with a strong but not vicious whisky bite. Whoa Black Betty, bam-a-lam...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (772) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On draft at Waldo Pizza. Opaque black with big pillowy khaki head with great retention and lacing. Caramel, vanilla, baking chocolate aroma with some coffee. Same flavors in taste with nice oakiness from barrel, alcohol apparent but not overwhelming, residual sweetness and a slight roasty bitter finish. Semi full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice beer. Great example of style and a barrel aged beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods, Pasadena. Pricey at $30. Pours very black with nice tan head. Wonderful mix of malts and burbons, followed by coffees and chocolates, with some well hidden vanillas. Slightly thin on the palate. Somewhat boozey with burn in the finish. Fine balance of flavors.

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