jsquire (3639) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received via trade with daknole. Clearly a fantastic imperial stout that whomever has access to this or the non-barrell version is EXTREMELY lucky. The beer glugs out of the bottle a jet black body, zero light getting thru this one with a smaller sized dark brown head. Aroma is coffee, toffee, molassess and a nice display of bouron. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon/vanilla and some oak are all blended extremely well. Very nice, but I think I enjoyed the non-barrell aged version better.
Daytonbeer (681) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had a Thirsty Dog Siberian Night earlier today. I said that it was the second best thing that has come out of Akron, after Lebron. I was wrong. This BORIS beer is the second best thing from Akron. Pour is jet black. Aroma of roasted malts, bourban, and carmel. Creamy texture, goes down like butter. Taste of scotch, malt, and maple syrup. A special beer.
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night pour, 1 finger tan head. Dark fruit, sweet chocolate, coffee and sweet vanilla. Subtle oat deliciousness reinforces this robust barrel aged version of one of my favorites. Flavor is a little hot with creamy chocolate and vanilla whiskey overtones.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from RCL or DrHomolka. Batch 1, thanks guys! Pours a pitch black thick pour, very small dark brown head that dies to a film, clings to the edges. Thick and opaque. Aromas are sweet, oatmeal and roasted malts, creamy and dark chocolate combine underneath. A decent bourbon wet wood element, vanilla and alcohol, a bit of coffee underneath. Initial is pretty thick, sweet and roasty, dark chocolate, bourbon and wet wood, roasty ash and coffee, a nice full feel, the beer lingers very well on the palate, very roasty and bourbon underneath as the sweetness comes in well. Certainly, I can say the barrel aging did not thin this beer out as much as it could have. The bouron, while not overpowering or dominant, compliments the beer well, giving good flavors, but not taking precedence. Finish is roasty, vanilla, and barrel and smoke towards the backend. A very well constructed brew. Perhaps my only qualm was a bit too sweet.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, thanks to BS! Pours thick black with a medium dark brown head with spotted lacing. Aroma is bourbon, maple syrup, some coffee, and vanilla with light oak. Wow, this is almost night and day with the original to me. Strong roasted malt and creamy oats, lots of bourbon and vanilla with some bakers chocolate and a slight dark fruit in the finish. This one is extremely creamy in the mouth, very nice silky feel. Awesome, just awesome!
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a small beige head that settles quickly and leaves small lacings.
The smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak. Hints of molasses and licorice. The smell is rich and deep. The bourbon character is subtle but more prominent than I had expected.
The taste is very round, rich and full. Lots of smooth roasted malts, molasses and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet due to the massive malts and bourbon. The finish is bitter with warming bourbon flavors and some alcohol.
Full-bodied, creamy and smooth.
Although the bourbon character was more restrained in this one compared to some of the bourbon bombs out there, I thought the bourbon aromas were surprisingly prominent in it, yet very well integrated. All in all, it was balanced and complex and very pleasant as a sipper. I had it directly after the standard version of Boris the Crusher, and I must say the barrel aging seriously changed the character of it. Although I really enjoyed BA Boris, and was really impressed by the subtle bourbon character is showcased, I do believe I enjoyed the regular version more.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
DialSquare (3114) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber brought down by in-laws from Andersons in Toledo. Pitch black pour with a solid tan head and lots of stick. Aroma of milk chocolate, coffee and cherry. Tastes of bakers chocolate, marshmallows, soy and bourbon followed by an earthy spiciness and boozy quality. A resiny hop sting comes through in the finish. Oily texture. As is always the case with the barrel aged varieties, would love to sit it next to the regular crusher for comparison. So, great beer but... maybe I just don’t like the whiskey vibe - feel like I like the regular better on this one.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to shawnm213: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with some oaky vanilla and cookie dough complexity. Starts with good rich malty sweetness and toasty dark caramel toffee with some soft complex oaky vanilla balance before a semi-sweet bourbon finish. A pretty good barrel-aged imperial stout, but is a bit too sugary.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour looks like uncarbonated heavily used motor oil. Oily, foreboding, viscous, and rich. Aroma is bourbon leaning massive sweetness, creamy, loaded with oatmeal, dark fruit, chocolate, deeply roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark sugars such as molasses, burnt caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor is wholly sweet but never cloying. Bourbon, vanilla, roasted and burnt dark sugars, chocolate, coffee, and an epic creaminess culminate in a bitter roast that lingers like a champ. Palate is rich and oily- super thick and smacking. The robustness of the sharp bourbon notes have taken away some of the complexities of what make this beer so great and unique- delectable just the same though.