stumpyiliz (210) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with thin tan head leaving a small ring around the glass. Nose is vanilla into bourbon and slightly smokey. Initial sip is medium body but lively on the carbonation. Oxidation goes well with the style. Very smokey and peat finish with lingering whiskey notes. Finish lasts for a while with dry toffee and smoke. Much better than the standard bourbon ba’d Boris
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared @ Dak’s Black Friday tasting. Squid ink pour with hints of mahogany around the edges and a dense chestnut pour. Dark Godiva chocolate, roasted Starbucks coffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey, brown sugar, and molasses. Nice depth of flavor and fairly creamy palate. Another good rendition.
48FanInCali (614) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into a snifter. Pitch black pour with little head. Nose of heavy roast and burnt coffee. Taste is above average on roasty bitterness. Too much so actually. Booze comes through as well but not too hot. Low on sweetness. All in all a decent variant for me but not great.
brokensail (9149) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Pat’s tasting. Roasted malt, whiskey, and vanilla on the nose. Some smoke and maybe a touch of peat. Quite a bit of dark chocolate. Flavor is interesting. Lots of bitter cocoa and char. Plenty of roast and whiskey. Light vanilla sweetness. A bit of caramel and smoke as it warms. Not my favorite, but not bad.
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark black brown with brown head. Sweet smooth whiskey aroma. Goes down quite smooth with a thick body and medium light carbonation.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL shared at Congregation Azusa. Pours a deeper black with medium to low foam. Nose is excellent amaretto, Frangelico, hazelnut, chocolate cake, marzipan, hazelnut mousse. Taste is super silky with amaretto, hazelnut. Soft alcohol warming finish with hop balance hidden in there. Really special, worth seeking out.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share by Greg, had some nice sweet whiskey and barrel notes in the aroma, taste is some chocolate and caramel vanilla notes.
merc7186 (1471) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Thin Dark Brown Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
S: Semi Sweet Chocolate, Mildly Roasted Dark Chocolate Malts, Mild Bourbon, Mild Toffee
T: Bourbon, Mildly Roasted Chocolate Malts, Mild Toffee, Mild Bitter Chocolate, Mild Oatmeal
M: Average Carbonation, Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy
Overall, the bourbon really cuts that harsh RIS flavor down and adds the sweetness from the barrel...Ive never been a fan of BORIS but this one hits the mark.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Darkguardian. Big whiskey and malt notes. Somewhat bland with a bitter finish. Might be something wrong here. Big whiskey nose. Below average mouthfeel. Decent body.
SudsMcDuff (5358) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Very dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate malts, coffee and some toffee mixed with the oak from the barrel. Heavy roast at the start of the flavor with a sticky sweetness from the barrel aging but it works really well with the roasted notes of the stout. Didn’t get any buttery notes but the barrel aging really enhanced it a great deal.