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RATINGS: 290   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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Leighton (21074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle shared at my CBC birthday, London. Pours black-brown with a creamy, beige head. Chocolate cake aroma, some roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor, sturdy roast character, dark burnt toast, dark sugar, some light licorice, a bit of burnt wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation; although, it could be fuller. Warm finish with notes of burnt wood, peat, burnt moss, cocoa, earth, dark chocolate. Solid impy.

3.8
Johnsense (1624) - - APR 7, 2012
Black pour, 1 finger + of head. Bourbon in the aroma, wood from the barrel, bitter chocolate and coffee. Very bittr - they list this at 80 plus IBU and they’re not kidding. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, sweet... some lactose sourness. Heaveier bodied, little lacing, Quite good. Thanks Doug!

4
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Typical black and good tan head but super sticky lace. The aroma is huge dark roasted malt, licorice, only moderate whisky, coffee in the really good vibrant pour over City Roast type rather than just a standard dark coffee roast, chocolate like being in the place where it is made. Flavor is also moderately sweet with whiskey and licorice flavors then a spicy hop bitterness kicks in. The mouth feel is sticky, somewhat carbonated, and has a arc over my palate, ending in fairly strong wood tannin tightness The alcohol and whiskey notes are restrained, more than appreciated in this style. It all ties well together and has a lot dimension.

3.3
jackl (8011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Big thanks to Leighton for the pour! Deep brown color with a small off-white head. The nose is woody, some chocolate, hot sugary booze. The taste is more dark chocolate, deep toffee and plenty of wood. Hot finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but a little too hot for me!

3.2
Scopey (14498) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to Leighton, during his birthday celebrations. It pours black, with a thick tan head. The nose is caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malt and nougat. The taste is caramel, chocolate, coconut, bourbon, hay, booze, toast, roasted malt and a hint of dark fruit, with a long warming finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Too much booze character and a bit thin for it to work for me. So-so.

3.8
harrisoni (18402) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at Craft at Leighton birthday. Black lasting tan head. Well its an impy stout. Bit over carbonated. Yes pretty good. Some barrel ageing. Bourbon barrel cones through. Good choc

3.9
sonnycheeba (5959) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2016 Bottle. Pours opaque black with thin, frothy tan head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, whiskey, oak, and earthy hops. Flavor is heavy malt with average hops and some dark fruit esters; whiskey undertones throughout with a dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

4.1
BeerandBlues2 (13196) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is lightly sour dark fruity esters, chocolate and roast malt with earthy hops and whiskey barrel notes. Flavor is malt dominant, medium bitter roast malt, dark fruity esters, whiskey and oak with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.9
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Aroma is dry and boozy with wood and smell of sweet whiskey. Some malt but secondary in my experience. Beautiful when poured with dark beige head. Sort of light for style in body. Creamy texture, slightly sticky. Whiskey, slight vanilla, and pretty heavy hops. Good, not great.

3.8
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Full bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel. This beer has lots of dark bitter roastiness and spicy oak, with a hint of smoke. Very dry finish. Not bad, but could use a little more balance of other flavors for my tastes.


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