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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1090) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (2049) - 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 (1362) - 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 (495) - 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 (1848) - 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 (886) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (7112) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12501) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2016
12,000 beers and no end in sight. Sample from 2012 and 2011 bottles at the "Black Friday 02" tasting on 11/25/2016. Black pour with a medium foamy khaki head that diminishes steadily to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, oak and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, oaky bourbon and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5535) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2016
pitch black color. Big vanilla bean, dark chocolate molasses, oak and bourbon in the nose. Full on. Tons of dark chocolate, treacles, bourbon, oak, slightly sour mouth. So well integrated and put together. Fantastic lingering dark chocolate oak and bourbon finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2733) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick. Finishes with whiskey and plenty of chocolate notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (4455) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Pours a deep brownish black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of woody tannins, dark chocolate, deep roast, and a hint of soy. Taste follows, drop the soy and add some sweet chocolate and vanilla, earthy middle. Booze is well hidden, thick and viscous, solid beer.


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