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RATINGS: 262   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (5845) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
750ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, whisky, vanilla, oak, toffee, hints of tobacco and ash. Taste is sweetish, syrupy and slightly roasty with some ash, tobacco, coffee, whisky and dark chocolate. Finish is sweetish, ashy and woody with heavy carbonation, some roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee and oak. Okay roasty and heavily carbonated BA IS, but not extraordinary.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1338) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - DEC 5, 2015
Maybe not one of the most impressing IMP sotuts in any aspect, but overall superbly well balanced and rounded in every of them. Perfect roasted malt background, lovely dark choco tones, noticeable BA woody impact, vanilla, some hops in background with earthy effect. Moderate to light sweetness, moderate malty bitterness, highly enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Melnis (370) - LATVIA - NOV 24, 2015
Viens no aliem kas ir etalons prieks taa kaa ir jabruve alus. ari neizteilsos speciikas, loti tikams imps. Bet price perf. Varetu but labaks

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (855) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
Tasting sessionGolden-orange colour with a white head. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of molasses, whiskey barrel, roast, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is rich chocolate, roast and whiskey barrel. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours out almost pitch black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is of deep roast, dark chocolate, some charred barrel and light whiskey notes. Taste is complex, silky smooth body, lots of dark chocolate, burnt roast notes, coffee, dried fruit, charred barrel, some mild whiskey notes with a touch of alcohol warmth. Really solid beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JBomb (13) - Little Canada, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Growler pour into tulip glass mild carbination small tan head smells of roasted chocolate and some brown sugar smooth and drinkable alcohol is well hidden at 11percent This imperial stout is worth checking out!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4350) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Black, beige head. Somewhat sour aroma, malts, yeast, roasted malts, ash. Sweet malty flavour, coffee, sugar. Malty finish, caramel, roasted malts.
(from 75cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, caesar!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (6986) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
Thanks! to caesar. 750 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Black, solid mocha. Nose is mocha, caramel, black berries, candy & brambleberries. Taste is powdery mocha, grains, sweet chewing gum, mocha, caramel, touch thin, grainy, dark berries jam, light roast, not getting much barrel. A bit thin & powdery but rather nice overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6303) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of roast, molasses, coffee, slight oak. Bit dry in taste, roasty bitterness, lots of roast and coffee bitterness, molasses. A bit one dimensional in the roasty bitterness, could have had more depth with some cookie sweetness for example. Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (12222) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown. Aroma is malts, some dark malts, light roast. Taste malts, roast, some coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, a bit earthy, some alcohol, firm bitter. Decent body, high carbonation. Hmm ok but too fizzy carbonation which gets in the way of the flavor. Too bad.


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