brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a thick and black with no head to speak of.
S: A great nose on this beer. A fair amount of whiskey, but nice notes of vanilla, graham cracker, chocolate, roasted malt and molasses. All things I enjoy smelling in a -bal aged stout.
T: While the nose was quite good, the flavor is only "good". Milk chocolate and whiskey are the first two flavors I pick up, followed by some vanilla and char.
M: I really enjoyed the creamy, viscous texture this beer has on the tongue. While there’s not much in carbonation, the beer avoids being too syrupy.
D: Certainly not a beer to sit down and drink a bomber of, but always an enjoyable experience, but perhaps a touch too sweet.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to bleeng for this .01 better beer than the regular BORIS. Pours a dark obsidian black. with little head. Nose ashy whiskey with cocolate matls, roasted barley and hops. Flavor has that dark cherry chocolate taste with roasted malts, sugars and nice mouth feel. Very nice.
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, golden cap. Pours black with brown head. Taste is medium bitter, lightly sour, palate is full bodied and thick with a long, strong, burnt, alcoholic finish. Aromas are complex and have raisin, vanilla, wood, burnt malts, molasses, coffee flavors.
mjs (6022) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, golden cap, at Pikkulintu) Poured black with small and light brown head. Aroma contained vanilla, roastedness, liquorice and mild burntness. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, vanilla, roastedness, hops, bitterness, saltiness, .liquorice, and burntness. Aftertaste contained vanilla, rostedness and bitterness
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a lcear deep brown-black color with a thin off-white head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol round it out. Chocolate flavor with vanilla just a hint of whiskey and roasty. Medium to full bodied.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Black in color with a medium brown head, perfect appearance. Aroma is a nice mix of roast, light bourbon, chocolate, some light raisins. Taste is full bodied and rich, with chocolate, roast, some light bourbon, oak, fruit. Some caramel/toasted malt poking through and a moderate amount of bittering hops.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A kick-ass BA impy stout that doesn’t overdo the BA thing.
How: Bottle 22oz. Exact age unknown but probably about 6 months of age
The look: Near black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is moderately bourbon, vanilla notes, fudge, lots of cereals. The beer smells “big”. Taste is a whole lot of oily roasted cereals wrapped in dark caramel, vanilla, bourbon, light dark fruits notes, hops resin, some liquorice, a tiny bit chocolaty. Basically this is the standard array of flavours one can expect from the bourbon barrel aged impy stout. However this one really works because it manages to remain roasted, a little dry and somehow also managed to retain some hops bitterness. I suspect a re-blend which is just fine by me. We drank the regular BORIS just before opening this one. I’ve always liked the regular BORIS even if it is very harsh with a bitting grassy bitterness. This BA version is more round, more drinkable than the regular version. We all slightly preferred the BA version over the regular version. Crap, I used to crap on all Bourbon Barrel beer and now I’m finding more and more examples that I like. That makes me question myself and who I really am. Almost as much as when people call me “Nancy”.
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Julio’s side by side with the regular BORIS
Aroma : Oatmeal, oily and resinous hops.
Taste : Resinous hops with bourbon vanilla.
Finish : Oily with some bourbon vanilla.
Overall : The BA really helped it in my opinion. Nose felt quite similar to the regular but taste was quite a lot better.
Ratman197 (12556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and fruittiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black pour with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, booze, and caramel. Flavor is in your face vanilla/bourbon, but it has a good amount of chocolate and coffee to balance it out. I get a bit of buttered popcorn, not much, just just enough to distract me from the beer. Bananas are found in this one as well, could be the oatmeal/vanilla combination as I’m thinking quaker oats. Thick finish, good carbonation, very boozy. I finished the bomber no problem, one of the better BA imperials I’ve had in awhile, and above and beyond the normal boris.