mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Had the standard Crusher last night, and so comparing it to the oak-aged version while it’s still fresh on my mind. Pours a similar black oil. Thin dark tan head. Less on the nose than I remember last night. Less roasted malt coffee, and more alcoholic banana. Taste follows nose: banana, bourbon, vanilla, wood. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I definitely prefer the standard Crusher, though this is clearly a fine brew. As it wams, it’s structure and complexity becomes more evident, and the bourbon influence really sings.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle tasted side-by-side with the regular version, both courtesy of photomike. Same appearance, with a black body and small tan head. The aroma is instantly apparently different, with a dusty and musty wood and whiskey quality, followed by the more familiar dark chocolate and fruit of the regular version. Tastes like regular BORIS with a dusty, musty, woody quality over it. A touch drier in the finish, with less fruit. Thick with lower carbonation. The wood and whiskey in the nose isn’t really as nice as the pronounced fruit and cocoa of the regular version, but the added dryness of the wood almost makes it even in the flavor department. Overall, I definitely preferred the regular version; the oak aging in this just seemed a little odd.
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy photomike. Tasted side-by-side with regular BORIS. Pours a thick pitch black with a nice brown head. Aroma is rather subdued compared to the non-barrel-aged beer. Mostly dark chocolate whereas BORIS is mainly rich milk chocolate. As per usual with Heaven Hill aged beer, the spirit influence is smooth as hell. Subdued notes of roast and ash, a bit of vanilla. Flavor is sweet whiskey, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a little earthiness. Rich and inky, very smooth, but I still like the original better.
kennydiaz (354) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 This one pours a dark brown . It is great with hints of vanilla ,caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Has a nice oaky after taset this is pure liquid perfection.This is definately one of the worlds best.
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt with a lot of bourbon and oak character. Boozy aroma. The flavor is extremely complex with roasted malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon and some sweetness. Overall, I think oak is probably the most dominant flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with faint tan ring around the top. Smell is toffee and molasses with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste up front is a large amount of chocolate with some molasses sweetness, a bit of whisky taste that leads into a smoky and bitter finish from the hops. What a fantastic brew, but definitely a sipper!
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour with a slightly fruity aroma with small hints of cocoa. Almost a slight booze aroma mixed in. Full bodied with a molasses appearance w/ a little tan head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate flavor upfront with a bitter dry ending, very intense hop flavor with the end of the taste too. Great beer
burica2020 (22) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Strong aroma of chocolate and slight fruit. Black color with a little brown head. Somewhat biter but good taste of chocolate, slight whiskey, carmel, and some coffee. Very smooth to drink.
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma of whiskey, wood, roasted malts and vanilla. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter, oily feel, soft carbonation. Pretty good and drinkable too.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good beer. Pouring black with a 1cm brown head, one sip and an explosion of flavors hits you. Notes of vanilla, chocolate and whiskey combine very nicely. It is very creamy on your tongue and finishes nicely.