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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20474) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (17715) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15794) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15381) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13966) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours black with a significant tan had. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon and alcohol. And oak. Full bodied. Flavor is vanilla chocolate with astringent oak. Finish is drier than not with chocolate, bourbon and head. But the heat is not obnoxious. It’s a very good drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12513) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, wood and sour dark tobacco aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted malt sweet & sour flavor with a medium s sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. This beer did not meet my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thrideye11) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and whiskey. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, coffee, and whiskey with a dry wood finish.

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