RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16111) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, licorice, and char. There is definitely some booze/heat to it, too. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is no more impressive. Intense roast and booze flavor with a bit of molasses and licorice. Maybe some dark chocolate and astringent coffee. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle shared at Hophead #5 annual tasting. Small black pour into my tulip glass. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, with good bourbon balance. Nice body. Wish I had a bigger pour of this one. It was good but no worth the $25 price tag you see at many places.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3275) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
A nice bourbon barrell stout. Aroma was nice..very complex with vanilla, oak and bourbon all throughout. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a one finger cherry/mahogany head. Taste was nice as well. A delicious blend of roasted malt, caramel and vanilla with the bourbon weaving in and out. This beer is very woody, a little too much at some points. As it warmed the bourbon mellowed and came out more as an aftertaste. The wood almost sharpened to the point where it felt like you were getting splinters in the mouth. Nice carbonation and very complex bee.r

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (511) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Poured from 750 obtained in a trade. Dark brown witn a very minimal tan head. Very mild nose, suprisingly so. Mild chocolate and coffee throughout, with a nice smooth taste. Not as boozy as expected as the alcohol seemed masked. Maybe with a little age it would improve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
750ml 2011 bottle. Aroma of licorice, dark roast, chocolate, cocoa, wood, earth, faint espresso, very faint bourbon, dark fruit and some light char. Opaque black color (fancy that) with a slight, large-bubbled head. Flavor follows the aroma very closely, being all things dark and roasty, more semi-sweet chocolate, faint coffee, wood and earthiness, but features some faint, leafy hop flavor and likely what amounts to substantial bitterness, underneath all that malt, some dark, dried fruit appearing late as well. Smooth, creamy palate, full-bodied of course, but not overly so, this is not so hefty as to be overbearing. Quite tasty, all in all. Thanks to John and Amy for the sample!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with an ecru froth. Chocolatey aroma, light roastiness, slight booziness. Piney hops atop dark chocolate in the flavor, plus a whole lot of whiskey. Right now Im not interested in beers that need a hundred years of aging just to become approachable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
75cl bottle. I get the whisky but its not good and is all harsh with no sweet or fruity/vanilla. A little paint thinner and chocolate in the aroma. Dry and boozy with a burning finish. Oy. This is... interesting. Sorry guys, if I wanted a shot of whisky Id take it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle though its not completely black. It settles in under a huge mocha head, very thick, with good lacing and retention. Aroma has heavily roasted black malts, bakers chocolate and a ton of whiskey sweetness. Maybe some molasses and licorice as well, but the barrel is domninant. The whiskey also dominates the taste with lors of oak and vanilla alongside molasses. There is an underlying roasted malt backbone with some cocoa powder. Big boozy finish. The mouthfeel is slick and a tad light for the style though at 9% its not so surprising. Low carbonation. This is a solid BA stout but is pretty hot right now. The barrel is the dominant character with only faint impy stout notes underneath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2009 bottle. 3/21/11. pale stouty color... more of a dark porter orange with a pale brown head. a=vanilla, roast, choco, bs, spiciness, smoke, barrel goodies and mild soft whiskey. the flavor is the same... some lactose additionally. luckily, and certainly a rarity, the booze is mellow in this one. thin bodied for the style which i like. 7/3/7/4/15/3.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
justinhhp87 (16) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
very thick very tasty bourbon balances it and compliments the beer perfectly!

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