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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Series   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. 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap at Zenos. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, oak and whiskey. Surprisingly tame and unique for an imperial stout. Nice.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (1000) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 28, 2017
Bottle. Teku. Pitch black with densed, light brown head. Very long head retention and excellent lacing. Light heavy malty profile - mainly roasted, dark chocolate. Also light to moderate woody, vanilla, some tabbaco and dirty earthy notes in the end. Taste is semi-sweet with some dry and bitter character in the end. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, finish is bitter, dry with nice barrels accents. In general the appearance, head formation and lacing is a "gold standard" for other imperial stouts here. ABV is also extremely well hidden here. Too many earthiness and roastiness here with dirty accents in the end. All in all good and creamy brew with nice whiskey barrel notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1959) - Herning, DENMARK - APR 13, 2017
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, and liquorice - with a slightly bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (513) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 2, 2017
On draught. Pours black, with a moderate brown head that is dense and persists. Nose is dark malt and cocoa. Taste follows, with a creamy mouth feel and a long finish. Very good example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (3267) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2017
Fat. Svart med ett beigt skum. Dofter av kaffe, choklad och tr. Smakinslag av choklad, vanilj, whisky och kaffe. Fyllig kropp.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (2082) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Draft. A- Chocolate, mocha, subtle sharpie. A- Black color, black liquid, beige head. T- Sharpies, chocolate, mild bitterness, roasty, mocha, alcohol. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly boozy finish. O- Pretty good but a tad boozy. Loads of chocolate and mocha throughout. Cant believe its taken me this long to rate this, especially since Ive had all its variants.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarmok (1382) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2017
black liquid with tan head. aroma of coconut, chocolate, bourbon. tastes same medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour. full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
indrekr (503) - ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2017
Appearance: black, clear, brown foam, rocky head, lasts well. Aroma: toasty, whisky, bread, coconut, vanilla. Taste: medium sourness, medium bitterness, medium sweetness. Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, astringent, long finish, light bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VamboladeTolly (1877) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown with medium fluffy-sticky pale brown head. Aroma: bourbon, roasted, vanilla, butterscotch, coconut, toffee, sweetish- i love this. Taste: sweet, some balancing sourness for a second, roasted, milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. full body. Smooth to drink. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (904) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2017
A rich and flavorful RIS, the barrel attributes dont overwhelm the stout but compliment it, as it should. Plenty of toasted malts with coffee, touches of chocolate and licorice. The barrel gives it vanilla and a touch of drying woodiness. Overall its very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (7231) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2017
750ml bottle. Jet black colour with average to huge, frothy to creamy, mostly lasting, well lacing, tan head. Whiskey aroma, notes of leather, oak, vanilla, chocolately dark malty background. Taste is slightly sweet, chocolately dark malty, hints of treacle, integrated, mild, slightly dry whiskey notes of oak, vanilla, leather; relatively light body, dangerously drinkable, in no way tacky palate. Not overly complex, rather focussed, harmonious and balanced.


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