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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (134) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours black with a thick tan head. Head looks thick with a little bit of lacing on glass. Aroma is sweet whisky with a slight hint of chocolate deep in the background. Taste is whisky but not overpowering.(Disclaimer- finished a Southern Tier Choklat before this so any hint of chocolate in the taste probably wont be detected by me.) Overall a really good B.A Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1299) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Beautiful black pour w/ a big mocha head that leaves a large ring of lacing. The aroma is licorice, coffee, chocolate, and booze. The taste is light and creamy upfront and finishes bitter on the palate making this more of a sipping beer. This is a rich and flavorful imperial! Makes for a great dessert beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3839) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours out almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is vanilla bourbon oak roast malts and some chocolate. Taste is as the nose with a nice booze bourbon barrel kick vanilla chocolate malts and some light smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"Starts out incredibly smooth and balanced. Roasted malts, chocolate, and the obvious but not overpowering whiskey presence. Like the other Nebraska barrel projects, super smooth. The only thing preventing a 4.5 here is a little heat in the flavor as the beer warms, but it is approaching world class even so."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Quite dark, classic rich vanilla and brown sugar impy, sweet, boozy, rich dark malts, has some basic vanilla, touch of booziness. A straightforward bourbon impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4736) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle thnx to Dennoman . Pours black, huge white head . Smell is rather sweet , ashy, dark malts . Taste is chocolate , coffee, bit bitter , some oats . Low carbonation . Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1215) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 07/02/2014. Pours deep black, thick fluffy light tan head, great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Aroma is powdered baker’s chocolate, solid roast base, coffee overtones, marshmallow, red fruit with sweetish whiskey finish. Taste is dark chocolate syrup, held in check by strong roast and coffee notes, licorice, hops noticeable towards the finish, prominent whiskey lingering in the aftertaste. Thick, dense body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (418) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
A huge frothy khaki head fills the snifter to the brim. A black body presents a thin auburn highlight at the stem. The vessel is decorated with a few soapy thick peninsulas of lace once the monstrous head dissipates.

Mildly assertive, very well integrated layers of lightly toasted nuts and whiskey are expressed in the initial aroma. The assertive spirit characteristics possess chocolate and heavy raisin notes, making them behave on a different plane. The components are mingling very nicely, yet the party doesn’t seem to have quite started. As this one moves well into the sixties, a heavier coffee-chocolate layer emerges. This additional influence works exceptionally well with the fruity spirit notes.

A silky smooth medium plus body caresses the palate offering additional notes of vanilla, chocolate, and treacle, with a hint of smoke as the liquid breezes through. Bold fruity esters combine with the oak tannins creating an assertive spicy dryness. Residuals are a conglomeration of all the previously mentioned components. A bit of gooey chocolate chip cookie emerges late. As the serving layers up, some dark cherry flavors and a bit of stickiness forms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3019) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2681) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle that two years old, and we are listening Ran Jam. The aroma is cherries, slight brettanomyces funk, chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, brettanomyces funky cherries, slight medicinal, maltiness. The whiskey is well hidden, no heat. Tasty even with the infection. "Black Betty had a child bam-ba-lam the damn thing gone wild" just sayin’

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