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RATINGS: 283   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2011
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2009, thx to Wimenels!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly bitter/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2011
750 mL bottle from Total Wine (Triangle) in Raleigh. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, licorice, roasted coffee, coconut, and hints of dark fruit. Chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit are detected first on the tongue with dark espresso nearly dominating the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium heat. A wonderful imperial stout, although a bit pricey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pkavulak (20) - Louisville, Nebraska, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Contrasting a bit from the Bourbon barrel aged Stouts, this benefits from the whiskey barrel by picking up vanilla notes instead of being sticky-sweet. A little lighter in character but still deeply complex with a mesh of vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, and a nice head that lingers throughout. Great RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1925) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet caramel, whiskey, wood, roasty malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, oaky, vanilla, dark fruit, green wood notes, and a good dose of hoppy bitterness.

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