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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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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3.7
portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured black with a tight thin khaki head that left a thin ring. Aroma has roasted malt some coco and coffee. Taste is roasted malt some wood and bitter chocolate notes. Palate is full chalky and finishes warm and dry.

4
BVery (11494) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Super dark viscous looking pour. Sweet, roasty, licorice, cherry nose. Smooth fairly dense palate. Sweet. Very good beer.

3.4
rader58 (936) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4oz pour at Bier Station. Pours Jet Black. Aroma of licorice, peat, coffee. Flavor of dark cherry juice, coffee, peat, pine, slightly medicinal. Has a strong flavor, but a bit too much so.

4.4
Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Bottle @ BBQ’13: Served in a taster: Brown pour. Medium to bigger sized beige light brown staying foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of bourbon, roast, roasted malts, vanilla, cream.. Too much to tell you! Delicious! Flavours of roast, bourbon, vanilla, barley malts, whiskey, cream. Lovely and delicious again. Aftertaste of liquor, roast, barley wine ish, cream, spices. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, fulll body and a creamy light sticky texture. Deoicious beer! Silky, smooth, world class! Short rating due to me enjoying this beer!

3.8
anders37 (27898) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate finish with hoppy hints.

3.8
unclemike (3206) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2013
on tap Extraordinary, rich and complex malt, chocolate malt, some roast, huge head. Big black body. Roasty and whiskey aromas.. Thick and tasty.The 9% seems like 13% and wastes you. Also points for not being coffee based.

3.1
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
In short: An oaky and vinous impy stout with an awkward oaky sourness. Just ok.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed approximately 1 year after purchase.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is heavy on the vanilla, with plenty of bourbon/whiskey and dark fruits. Taste is bit oily blackened malts, lots of vanilla, bourbon/whiskey, ripe dark fruits with a light fruity sourness, coffee blackberries, watermelons (!?!), a vinous character, strong oak presence. Relatively low roastiness for the style, this is more on the sticky-juicy side of things. The barrels do their usual job (vanilla, wood, etc.) but the barrels also seem to add a light awkward oaky Flemish Sour character to the beer which brings down my score. Well carbonated but overall very oily sensation. Named after Black Betty, the famous African-American work song, and if you ask me, a African-American is only good for one thing… being equal to white people in society! (you didn’t see this one coming now did you?)

4.1
bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2013
This pours an opaque black into the glass, with the deepest of mahogany-ruby hues to the fringes of light... if even that. The deep, dark chocolate head stiffs like ice cream as an initial cap, diminishing over time to create thick, rich pocked lacing down the glass. The bouquet is of chocolate and pie spices, with a hint of leather thrown in. Flavors are similar, with lots of mixed chocolates (sweet/milk vs. semisweet/dark vs. unsweet/baker’s), wood, tanned leather, LOTS of wet tobacco leaf, caramel, dark berries, tannins, nut skins and pits of dark fruits. Clean grassy bitters and lots of cacao bean finish the pull. The smooth, round body combines with a tart berry palate to form a substantive, yet actively complex mouthfeel. Lots of complexities going on here, and kudos for that!

4.2
crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Great beer right here. Not very viscious but one of those beers that was designed perfectly for barrel-aging. It is spiritlike at times, very caramally, nice cocoa, a desert-type stout.

3.8
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is of wood, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate wood and a hint of vanilla.


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