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RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Made from our award-winning imperial stout, rated one of the top 50 best beers in the world in 2008. This bodacious oatmeal Russian imperial stout will crush you like no other. This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance. Aged in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels.

Batch 1 - Gold Cap - April 2009
Batch 2 - Gold Cap - July 2009
Batch 3 - Green Cap - Oct 2009
Batch 4 - Black Cap - 2010
Batch 5 - Red Cap - 2011



4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle from Kenny Road Market, poured into snifter. Appearance is almost black with a tiny beige head. The aroma is big and tasty: loads of chocolate with notes of vanilla, whiskey, and oak. The flavor is good, but doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Notes of licorice, coffee, and a little bit of booze come out though to add a little bit of complexity. The aroma was so good that I expected a little more. Palate is slick and full. Pretty good stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
650mL bottle from DK tasted up against the barrel-aged version. Both were tasty, but the regular version was the winner of this tasting for me. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of whiskey, and chocolate. Body is oily, with less carbonation than the regular than the regular version with whiskey notes, coffee, liquorice, oak, vanilla and some mild smoke. Finish is not as lasting as regular version, and a bit more balanced out. Whiskey taste is not totally dominant, which makes this a nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11555) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Enjoyed alongside the superior original (which was a 4.5).
Pours utterly black with a small, creamy, beige head. Sweet, vinious aroma with coffee, vanilla, oak and fat, lovely chocolate. Low carbonation, great dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is oaky, dry, vinious, vanilla, coffee. Masterful aftertaste with good dryness, bitterness, roasted and chocolate notes. Wonderful, but the aging detracts from the utter brilliance of the original. Overall, it gains some tartness and oak but looses the fantastic balance of BORIS. But still nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6246) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
bottle, via trade with ogglethorp, dark brown with reddish highlights, skim of tan foam, aroma is lots of roast coffee and whiskey, flavor is much creamier vanilla, bourbon, espresso, toffee caramel and hershey chocolate

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (5828) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2010
Bottled @ home. Dark color, brown head. Aroma of chocolat malt, roasted, coffee, very nice whisky oaky tones. Big malty taste of chocolat and coffee, quite bitter. Fantastic stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4837) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle, 1/29/10

Aroma: Some roasted malts, bourbon, oats, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate
Appearance: It’s a pitch black, tar-like beer with a thin, dark brown head
Flavor: Flavor is mostly dark chocolate and bourbon, dark malts, some bitterness as it ends
Palate: A medium-full bodied beer with a smooth creamy feel, low on carbonation, and some ABV burn
Overall Impression: Overall this beer is pretty solid, though the bourbon character is definitely very strong, it is not completely overpowering. This beer hold up well to the bourbon aging treatment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6660) - ITALY - JAN 29, 2010
si presenta simile alla versione base con l’aggiunta i note di whisky un po affumicato e legno

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Whiskey aroma comes up immediately while pouring this dark concoction with a light kahki head. Coffee, tobacco and dark semisweet chocolate also contribute. Full bodied and oily with a slight dry cocoa powder finish. Chocolately flavor with a good dose of whiskey. Roasted oatmeal, malts somewhat overpowered by the whiskey. Overall I’d prefer the regular version over this one

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Boozy and molassis drip coming from the nose..with maybe a touch of vanilla, stale cardbnoard, and oatmeal...oh, and some underlying chocolate notes to boot. Pours dark brown with an orange-brown head. THick, sweet and chocolaty flavors..the bourbon influence is evident yet subdued. Clean, super malty with essences of bourbon...However, I think i like the regular version much better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
22 oz bottle poured black with a tan sand colored head that has enough carbonation to leave a small ring that lasts. Notes of alcohol, whiskey, and heavily roasted malt accentuate the nose. This is a full bodied stout with bread and yeast flavors enhanced by malt, chocolate, coffee and a lingering hint of hop on finish.


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