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RATINGS: 280   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 Stranahans 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

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Black Betty was a beer, bam-a-lam, that poured almost black with a medium chocolat milk head, bam-a-lam. OK Ill quit but one hazard of drinking this is youll have the song stuck in your head. Aroma sweet malts with noticeable hops. Taste initially sweet with whiskey, malts and slight chocolate, then slight roast and oak. Finish mild but prolonged hops. palate medium, could be a bit more full.

Pretty good with nice flavor but balance could be a little better. The hops were by no means strong but seemed to over shadow the malt profile.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3496) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours an oily black with a small tan head. No lacing left about. Nose promises loads of chocolate with a hint of whisky and loads of vanilla. Although sweet, it balances out nicely. Heaps of vanilla in the taste with the whisky and chocolate tones cutting through. Cuts short with a hint of bitterness. Short and thin palate. Nice beer, the palate lets it down a little though

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a perfect black witha nose of whiskey, oak, and wood. Flavor is chocoalte whiskey caramel aged in oak with a light marshmallow and Kahluah finish. Thick on the tongue. Great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown black color with a medium plus sized beige head. The aroma had roasted malts, bourbon, wood, cherry notes and noticeable signs of infection; tart/sour notes. The flavor again has roasted malts, bourbon, cherry and wood, but this is interrupted by the tart/sour character; the flavor was not all that bad all things considered. If this was marketed as a soured ba stout (like Tart of Darkness) than I would like this more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bomber. Black as night. Chocolate aroma with some bourbon. Tastes bourbon no chocolate. Little head from the aging. Nice and smooth to start the beer brew session off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Midnight oil pour with a tightly woven latte head that diminishes to whispy lacing. Aroma of wood, vanilla, peat, and cocoa. Flavor shows lots of the whisky accompanied by oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of molasses. Again, get some peat but the alcohol is invisible. Pretty smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, large frothy beige head, big clumpy lacing.   Graham cracker, chocolate, cocoa, soft hops, and roasted malts on the nose.   Faint whisps of Whiskey as well.   Smooth rich maltiness on the tongue, sweet, graham cracker, milk chocolate and cocoa, a bit of roasted marshmallow, with a soft resiny hop background.   Very well balanced, not super malty and sweet, yet not overly hopped.   Generous amounts of chocolate and cocoa make this one very entertaining.   Soft Whiskey notes also add to the experience.   Body and mouthfeel are full.   The 9% ABV only shows itself on the exit, slight warming.   Otherwise its a very well balanced Russian Imperial Stout.   Goes down super easy, almost too easy.   Slightly chalky on the exit, with a bit more hops appearing as it warms.   Dangerously drinkable.   Thanks for the bottle Ron!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14490) - 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. Its a very good drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9552) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black (what a surprise) with a nice tan head and a chocolate and bourbon aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and treacle flavor with some coffee and vanilla and a bourbon finish. This is a well-crafted complex beer and is good for sipping.


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