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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Aged in Whiskey barrels, this barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates and the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palate are the hops, held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouth-feel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy now and perfect for extended cellaring.

2010 United States Open Beer Championship – Gold Medal – Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2010 United States Open Beer Championship – Judges Award – Most Creative Flavor
2010 World Beer Championships Gold Medal – Imperial Stout
2011 World Beer Tasting Championship – Regional Champion – Imperial Stout
2011 North American Beer Awards – Gold Medal – Wood Flavored Beer
2011 United States Open Beer Championship – Gold Medal – Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship – Regional Champion – Imperial Stout
2012 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
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
2014 18th Annual Great International Beer Competition – Bronze Medal – Strong Beer
2015 United States Open Beer Championship – Bronze Medal – Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout

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Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Thanks Troy. Very dark brown. A nose of big malts. Big malts and dark fruit. Soy. Wood and a little vanilla. Nice.

mcberko (18060) - 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.

hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle... Pours nearly black with a small, creamy, cappuccino head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of deeply roasted malts, toasted tree nuts, moist brownies and gobs of fudge. Full-bodied and velvety with tickling carbonation. The flavor offers a boozy mishmash of bittersweet dark chocolate, singed caramel and ethanol. Finishes tongue-numbing and warming, followed by charcoal bitterness that clings to my palate for a good while. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Beer 28 Asheville trip, draft at Thirsty Monk. Poured black. Aroma of chocolate malt, slightly woody, and boozy. Flavor is chocolate, a metric ton of wood, and booze on the finish. This actually got considerably better as it warmed. And also as my palate was numbed by the wood assault. I can see how some would really go for this, but a bit over the top with the barrel for me. In a sense this one scored higher than I actually cared for it.

Cybercat (5877) - 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...

jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On draft at Waldo Pizza. Opaque black with big pillowy khaki head with great retention and lacing. Caramel, vanilla, baking chocolate aroma with some coffee. Same flavors in taste with nice oakiness from barrel, alcohol apparent but not overwhelming, residual sweetness and a slight roasty bitter finish. Semi full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice beer. Great example of style and a barrel aged beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods, Pasadena. Pricey at $30. Pours very black with nice tan head. Wonderful mix of malts and burbons, followed by coffees and chocolates, with some well hidden vanillas. Slightly thin on the palate. Somewhat boozey with burn in the finish. Fine balance of flavors.

bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2012
750ml Bottle A - Pours black with a coffee colored head. Mild carbonation. Good head retention. Good lacing. S - Sweet chocolate, vanilla and a bit of coffee T - Easy drinking @ 9 abv Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak with slight bittering from hops M - Smooth medium bodied O - Reaaly Enjoyable! Surprising reverved for an Imperial (In A Good Way).

Drake (13939) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750 mL bottle from Nikki’s Liquors, Providence. Pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, wood, leather and a strong hoppiness. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, oak, whisky and a hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap at Zeno’s. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, oak and whiskey. Surprisingly tame and unique for an imperial stout. Nice.

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