CanIHave4Beers (4024) - 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 (4152) - 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.
Defreni (3004) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske: Kulsort øl med et diskret lille skumhoved. Duft af kulsort øl, hvis man kan kalde det det. Diskret duft af whiskey, men heldigvis ikke overvældende. Smagen er sødlig af bourbon noter, men igen bliver den godt opvejet humlen og den mørke malt. Fin øl.
BeerFanDan17 (1083) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This barrel aged BORIS was quite a treat! Flavors were incredible--dark chocolate, oak, hints of sweet milk chocolate, and malted milk.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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 (6513) - 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