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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


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
justinhhp87 (16) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
very thick very tasty bourbon balances it and compliments the beer perfectly!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Sampled at the 7th Annual Parkville Microbrew Festival on April 24th, 2010. I’ve had this lots of times. As black as Angela’s hair. Remarkable dark brown head with the consistency of concrete. I always smell and taste coconuts from this beer. It might just be Tyson’s masterpiece thus far in his young career. I look forward to all the aged tastings in the Barrage.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (4638) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
I’ve been saving this for a special occasion - and since now U.S. women can serve in combat roles, I think that’s worth a toast! So, on to this here now brewski. Strong roast malt aroma has an oaky and whisky overtone, obviously from the barrel aging; it has notes of chocolate and caramel as well. Comes out of the bottle a rich sable just a whisker above jet black with a very thick and rather persistent tan head. Robust and rich flavor has firm tones of roast malt, chocolate, quality coffee, oaked whisky and licorice - may be whispers of toffee and horehound in there, too. Firm, smooth texture has some good fizz and leaves a smoky texture with a strong but not vicious whisky bite. Whoa Black Betty, bam-a-lam...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (617) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, coffee, whiskey Appearance: clear black, brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, coffee Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Outstanding

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!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2011
beautifully dark, with a little brown head. The aroma is rich with barrel and chocolate. The taste, is surprise equally malty and hoppy. I shared this with a few friends and we all marveled at the hop character that we got out of this. Lighter mouth-feel than i expected in a RIS, but a remarkably interesting beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2011
750 mL bottle from Total Wine (Triangle) in Raleigh. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, licorice, roasted coffee, coconut, and hints of dark fruit. Chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit are detected first on the tongue with dark espresso nearly dominating the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium heat. A wonderful imperial stout, although a bit pricey.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head that leaves great lacing. Has a great roasted malt aroma with chocolate and fruity undertones with coffee mixed in as well. The bourbon/oak aroma is nice well balanced. Sweet initial taste of chocolate, coffee and fruit with a nice smooth bitter backend of bourbon and oak. The alcohol is smooth and barely noticeable. The Mouthfeel is heavy but not too much so.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Has an odd flavor that is light and fruity with a whiskey finish. Has a dark brown color and light brown head with a whiskey aroma. Very unique.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Pours midnight black with a full creamy brown head that stays around for a while. Really enticing aroma of dark fruits, prunes, and cherries. Sweet whisky comes in but not overly strong, just enough to tease the nose. Coffee and chocolate also make an appearance. The flavor is very rich and layered. Black coffee and roasted malts, tons of it, with the sweetness of alcohol warming each sip. Again, the whisky is not dominant, but rather a nice balancing feature, really nice. Solid rush of hop bitterness in the end with bittersweet chocolate notes. Creamy mouthfeel, luscious, full bodied, goes down superbly. Black Betty is the shit..


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