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RATINGS: 856   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



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bomber. pours almost black with a brown head. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, musty wood, and coffee. Flavor has a slight musty fruity tartness that I don’t get in the regular BORIS. I almost think that the oak barrel aging is overdone. While a very solid beer, in my opinion, it pales compared to the standard BORIS. Strange, with some, such as Great Dived Yeti, I prefer the oak-aged, but with others, such as FFF Dark Lord, I prefer the regular variety. This definitely falls into the latter category. It reminds me of walking into a really old wooden building or covered bridge, musty wood overload. It is good, just not exactly what I desired considering how fantastic B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher is. I know, I’m nitpicking, but at this level and price, it had better be spectacular.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle, 22 fl. oz. Pours a pitch black beer with a lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted, coffee, licorice and vanilla. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is soft and smooth. Overall a fantastic beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, Bourbon, some milk chocolate, alcohol. Low carbonation, sticky medium-full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2009
Very black colored brew. Aroma has got hints of whiskey, nice. Flavor is dark chocolate, bourbon, syrup, malts. It’s smooth, but thin and maybe lacks of something outstanding. Maybe it’s the oatmeal. It’s a bit too drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2823) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2009
Bottled 65cl. It pours a pitch black beer with a small deep beige head. A lot of dark chocolate and vanilla showing up in the taste. Christmas pudding, oak, plum, bourbon and mint sneaking in. Great smooth mouthfeel. Good balance. Very low carbonation. Very powerful on the swallow which is peppery, leading to a finish which is sublime; dry, reminiscent of dark chocolate, mint, oak, vanilla and nasturcium. A top notch imperial stout. I reveled in every sip. (Comparing this beer side by side with the regular Boris the Crusher.)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - OCT 28, 2009
I love imperial stout, and this beer is essentially perfect. It has big flavor, with a strong coffee, chocolate milk, and whiskey favor. It is very thick. The aroma is very strong with coffee. It is jet back with almost no head.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a dense, oily black color with thin raspberry-brown edges; thin light-tan head with solid, cascading lacing at the perimeter; definitely has an oily viscosity to it. Huge amounts of roasted nuttiness and charred malts in the aroma; toasty, sour-mash barrel character with soft edges; the core shows maple syrup and chewy, dried dark fruits, which really prevent any acrid or harsh notes appearing from the heavily roasted character; soft, velvety, inky, inviting. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: a cola and dark chocolate presence takes over here, with some nougat and raisins and plums there in the core sweetness; the barrel aging provides a tangy sour-mash character and a nice toasty and charred character; this doesn’t have the density of examples like Expedition or Old Rasputin, but it’s a highly drinkable, soft-edged barrel-aged rendition of an already excellent beer. Again, there are creamy, dried dark fruits and developed sweetness at the core that really temper the light tang of the barrel; solidly done, with minimal if any alcohol showing here. Lasting finish of roasted malts, chocolate (dark), with hints of coffee and nuts; the dry toastiness underneath is great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is brown to black in color with a beige colored head. The smell its oats, malts, vanillla, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and good. The taste is coffee, chocolate, syrup, malts, and great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a thin dark khaki head. Moderate burnt roast and some light alcohol notes on the aroma, a light raisin tone also. Taste is slightly sweet with some small alcohol heat, chocolate cookie, roast, coffee. Balanced but doesn’t display much of the barrel aging.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2672) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle shared by MrPickles - Tasted next to the regular BORIS. Pours dark black with clear on the edges. Has a small tan head. Smells of sharp booze and buttery oak, but there’s just too much alcohol on the nose. Taste is overwhelming booze that recedes a bit as it gets warmer and the other flavors round it out. There’s dark roast underneath the booze, with coffee, toffee, and a bitter finish. Thinner and more watery than the original. Man, I really wanted to like both these beers, but I was really unimpressed.


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