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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate finish with hoppy hints.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21170) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle sample at GTMW. Pitch black color, brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of tobacco, burnt espresso, dark chocolate. Taste is rich roasty vanilla, coffee, cocoa. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21076) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle shared at my CBC birthday, London. Pours black-brown with a creamy, beige head. Chocolate cake aroma, some roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor, sturdy roast character, dark burnt toast, dark sugar, some light licorice, a bit of burnt wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation; although, it could be fuller. Warm finish with notes of burnt wood, peat, burnt moss, cocoa, earth, dark chocolate. Solid impy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at Craft at Leighton birthday. Black lasting tan head. Well its an impy stout. Bit over carbonated. Yes pretty good. Some barrel ageing. Bourbon barrel cones through. Good choc

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, licorice, and char. There is definitely some booze/heat to it, too. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is no more impressive. Intense roast and booze flavor with a bit of molasses and licorice. Maybe some dark chocolate and astringent coffee. Meh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15490) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle at home - thanks to SlackerMads. Pitch black - offwihite head. Chocolate. nutty. Bitter notes. Hazelnuts. Whiskey. Dark chocolate. Minerals. Minty. Very cold - hvor er Papsø. Light coffee. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle shared by Paul at his gathering. Pours black tar with brown head. Nose and taste of whiskey barrel, roasted chocolate malts, light licorice, coffee and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14016) - 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 it’s a pleasure to drink.


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