RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bomber. Black as night. Chocolate aroma with some bourbon. Tastes bourbon no chocolate. Little head from the aging. Nice and smooth to start the beer brew session off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Midnight oil pour with a tightly woven latte head that diminishes to whispy lacing. Aroma of wood, vanilla, peat, and cocoa. Flavor shows lots of the whisky accompanied by oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of molasses. Again, get some peat but the alcohol is invisible. Pretty smooth.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, large frothy beige head, big clumpy lacing.   Graham cracker, chocolate, cocoa, soft hops, and roasted malts on the nose.   Faint whisps of Whiskey as well.   Smooth rich maltiness on the tongue, sweet, graham cracker, milk chocolate and cocoa, a bit of roasted marshmallow, with a soft resiny hop background.   Very well balanced, not super malty and sweet, yet not overly hopped.   Generous amounts of chocolate and cocoa make this one very entertaining.   Soft Whiskey notes also add to the experience.   Body and mouthfeel are full.   The 9% ABV only shows itself on the exit, slight warming.   Otherwise its a very well balanced Russian Imperial Stout.   Goes down super easy, almost too easy.   Slightly chalky on the exit, with a bit more hops appearing as it warms.   Dangerously drinkable.   Thanks for the bottle Ron!

bhensonb (16139) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours black with a significant tan had. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon and alcohol. And oak. Full bodied. Flavor is vanilla chocolate with astringent oak. Finish is drier than not with chocolate, bourbon and head. But the heat is not obnoxious. It’s a very good drink.

marcus (10977) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black (what a surprise) with a nice tan head and a chocolate and bourbon aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and treacle flavor with some coffee and vanilla and a bourbon finish. This is a well-crafted complex beer and is good for sipping.

Leighton (23125) - 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.

Johnsense (1822) - - 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!

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.

jackl (8597) - 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!

Scopey (16562) - 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.

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