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RATINGS: 904   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Bottle shared by Nick3 on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Nick! This beer definitely lived up to expectations. Pours jet black and thick with a small tan head and some good lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, whiskey, roast, wood, and chocolate. Flavor is similarly complex, yet balanced. All the typical imperial stout notes are in there - roast, chocolate, and coffee - as well as oak, whiskey, dark fruits, and spice. Whiskey flavor is balanced however and does not overpower like it does in some barrel-aged beers. Very smooth and creamy palate with low carbonation and fairly full body. Not at all boozy. Excellent beer overall. EDIT 1/2010: Revising this rating downward after having it side-by-side with regular BORIS. The regular version was just so much more flavorful, complex, and smoother than the BA version, which was fairly one-dimensional in comparison, with whiskey dominating. Regular is smoother on the palate relative to this one, which was boozier and thinner. Changing aroma from 9 to 8, flavor from 9 to 8, palate from 5 to 4.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 22oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, malts, slight vanilla, light roasting, and the slightest hint of alcohol. I was expecting a more complex, more bourbon-filled aroma. Poured pitch black in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Tiny lacing. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, cookies and cream, slight bourbon, light vanilla, slight alcohol, slight wood, and a hint of maple. Medium to full body. Slick, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla, and slight wood finish is lightly dry. 9.4%ABV is present in the aroma only, and barely at that.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle: pours dark black, thick, with a thin tan head, aroma of whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, light sweetness, medium bitterness, whiskey taste, some chocolate, fairly full body, a little sticky, just a touch of carbonation. Doesn’t have the chocolatey flavor of the original but defintely a good RIS....$18 is a little too much though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (739) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Picked up a bottle at the Craft Ale House, pours a beautiful viscous dark black. the nose has whiskey, oak, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate. First sip is strong toasted malt with bourbon, oak, tobacco, raisins, leather, coconut and smoke. picks up hard with cocoa like baking chocolate but the slight hop finish is clean and just perfect. God I love this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Inky black pour with a small, off-white head. Rich full aroma of chocolate, oats, coffee and nicely balanced bourbon. It had a hint of soy like oxidation though. The flavor is loads more rich choclate, nice strong, black coffee rounded our with some heavy char oak and bourbon. The body is full, sticky, and oily with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a fluffy brown head that eventually subsides. Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, burnt sugar, toasted coconut and marshmallow. Not too much wood. Taste: Tons of bourbony goodness. Roasted malt, coffee, hop spice. The after tastes lends a decent amount of wood flavor Mouthfeel: Slightly fizzy, not as soft and creamy as most Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts. Overall: This beer is money. Lots of bourbon notes, but not too sweet for my liking. Very big and balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Courtesy of CUTIGER by way of Capone’s. Aroma of vanilla extract like inaudible thunder, graham cracker, and cinnamon. When all three aroma components come together it’s like creme brulee with dark cocoa powder. Flavor is smoother, with burnt sugar and dark greens peeking out from behind a chocolate liqueur base. Finishes slightly bitter in the throat. Mouthfeel is light for the style but holds up most of the flavors well and is pretty slick on the tongue once it warms nicely. Great brew, glad to have it. Thank You Hoppin Frog. 2009 22oz.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a black cola with a medium sized creamy brown head. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate and whiskey with a hint of bourbon. Taste of malts, chocolate and a whiskey-bourbon flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3177) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2008 Bottle The cap on a Ohio St vs Pen st battle on game day. Pours out ink black topped with a tan head. Aroma was great lots of vanilla, sweet chocolat, dark roast, and rich malts. Taste was just as nice as the aroma more of the swettness and vanilla. O so good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsquire (3679) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Dark beer with faint hues of magogany when held against the light. Thin brown head. Blooming bourbon barrel nose with thick brown sugar, rich chocolate and sweet alcohol. Great oily mouthfeel. Complex and balanced flavors of bitter chocolate, sweetened coffee, molassess, vanilla and bourbon. This is an excellent barrel enhanced beer.


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