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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Thick black, lush lacing from a thin espressoy head. Nose is rich soft choc, roast and chalky toffee malt. Initial taste is a rich dark berry bitterness. Decent seep of carbonation and long mouthfeel. Finishes clean enough, telling boozy and lingers long rich whiskey. Odd marshmallow berry a bit later.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle. Black with tan head. Roasty aroma, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is oaky, vanilla, chocolate, roasty. Silky and creamy. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10592) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is coconut, funky, light roast malts, taste is sweet, toffee, roasty, bourbon, little apple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21578) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
bottle at home ... jan 2016 ... dark black ... massive tan head ... dark chocolate roast dark malts ... dark chocolate orast .. dark chocolate roast ... dark malts .. rich chcolate .. heavy roast .. dark roast .. dark malts .. rich chocolate roast

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle at Craigs. Pours black with a massive tan head. Bit fizzy. Aromas of charcoal, dark fruit, tar. Taste is dark stone, creamy chocolate finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2078) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Aromas of coffee, earthy cacao, alcohol fusels, nutty, kind of raisiny. Black with a lasting, fluffy, chocolate-brown head. Roasty, somewhat sweet, chocolatey in the finish. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (431) - POLAND - JAN 2, 2016
0.75 bottle. Pours jet black with beige head and nice lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and whisky. Sweet, moderately bitter. Smooth, full bodied. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, with a huge light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon/whiskey, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee. whiskey, chocolate, and a little dark fruit. Ends a little dry and bitter. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Roasty cocoa and light nutty aroma with minor coconut. Tan head and dark black body. Dry roasty malt flavors and dark chocolate. Smooth and dry on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (9295) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2015
Bottled. Dark brown with lace. Nose of chocolate, coffee, caramel, nicely roasted. Great nose. Creamy toffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla, coffee, very tasty stuff.


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