EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black pour with a thin light tan head. Intense creamy whisky aroma. Whisky flavor dominates. Some roast pushes through. A bit of alcohol on the end.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is why I hate those stupid hype Imperial Stouts, because well made beers such as this are then completely overlook. Does no one care about quality anymore? Really nice imperial stout, nice barrel character. Well balanced sweetness, nice coconut bourbon notes. Very well made beer. I guess it’s only fault is that it’s not 20% ABV and limited to 200 bottles. Sheep.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Capone’s, opened 3/21/10. Thick black pour with a thin tan head. Smells roasty, with bits of sweetness, alcohol, bourbon, and vanilla, well balanced. Tastes great, adds a bit of bourbon flavor without overpowering the bitter roasty goodness of the standard BORIS. There’s some sweetness and alcohol in there that are strong enough to provide a counterpoint to the bitter roast, but not overpowering. Finish is bitter and smooth, with a mild alcohol burn at the end.
jesperhammer (4043) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
19-MAR-2010, bottle with Ulkløbben - @home, from "Fish & Beer".
Tasted side by side (and blind) with the "ordinary" B.O.R.I.S.
This is just like B.O.R.I.S. just with added whisky.
The whisky does add slightly to the complexity.
One of my best beers ever. Fantastic.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ll just start by saying BORIS is my goto for RIS. BA BORIS pours jet black. Little hints of brown head that recede quickly. Aroma is godly. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Maybe some dark fruits like plum. Initial sip gives a bit of sweetness. Definite vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee and oak at the end with a slight alcohol warmth. Thick on the palate. Coats the entire mouth and lingers for quite some time. Low carbonation makes the stout silky smooth. This is a GREAT beer! It’s just a tad on the sweet side which knocks it down a few points. Very complex and robust.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. An almost opaque black beer with a very small, fully diminishing brown head. Extremely powerful aroma, very malty and lightly hoppy, with notes of roasted, nearly burnt grains, caramel, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, berries, oak and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lighty bitter. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, enormous beer. Well integrated whiskey/wood flavours. Pleasant notes of berries. Full body, soft/average carbonation, very long finish with about medium bitterness, moderately to heavily alcoholic, Not overly syrupy, not sticky or cloying, quite complex, flavourful. The only minus are the appearence (almost no head) and the strong alcohol presence (it seems more like 12% ABV). This is what I call a big beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black color with an espresso swirl head, and a bit of lace. The aroma is dark chocolate, earthy, some mild hoppiness, and plenty of whiskey. Flavor has a nice whiskey barrel character with plenty of dark roasty malt with lots of vanilla, some charred wood and oatmeal. There is a nice fresh hoppy character in here as well. Really tasty. The palate is creamy and very full. I had the pleasure of tasting this one side by side with the non barreled version and wow what a difference.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by hellbilly. Thanks J! Deep black pour with a creamy tan head. Loaded with burnt malt, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and wood. Fantastic!
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is dark malt, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Flavour is heavi dark malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla and coffee. Very nice beer.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled February 2010
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, richly browned head. The beer is very dark, almost perfectly black color that is quite opaque when held up to the light. The head manages to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as the head subsides. The aroma smells of vanillin and sweetened toasted coconut up front. This leads into a richly toasted malt character that leans towards barley husk notes, sweetened dark cocoa, and a cream laden, sweetened, French roast coffee drink. Interestingly enough this beer is not nearly as complex as I expected from a Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout; I do like that this is very smooth and well integrated as the Bourbon character has not run rough-shod and hot over the aromatic profile.
The beer tastes quite sweet up front and finishes with a touch of Bourbon spice, acrid burnt malt, and a spicy carbonic bite that is a bit unexpected given that this isn’t highly carbonated. Flavors of vanillin interweave with rich toasted coconut notes and the dark, chocolate like malt character to make this seem quite a bit like a rich desert. The body is rich and viscous as it lingers fatly on the palate without being cloying. As the beer warms up it loses some of the sweetness that was almost too much initially. This helps to bring out a rich, savory malt character that brings out a sort of salty, sort of smoky, definitely umami character.
A quite enjoyable beer whose biggest flaw is that it is perhaps a bit simplistic. This definitely needs to be drunk on the warm side of cool where the savory quality becomes noticed and helps to boost the complexity. The most pleasant part of this beer is that it doesn’t get overwhelmed by the Bourbon Barrel aging, which is a huge relief to me.