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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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



3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2355) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is jet black with a dark mocha colored head that falls to a tiny ring and no lacing. The aroma is beautiful. Strong booze and moderate whiskey roll through an incredible dark fruit. It’s not very complex, but it is good. The flavor is really nice. There is an incredible smoothness here. Great dark fruits and roasted malt. There is a touch of whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Again, this is one that isn’t complex at all. The mouth feel is a little light, and the carbonation takes a while to come in. Not sure if it’s bottle age related. The finish is lingeringly smooth and lightly fruity. This is one I was expecting more out of. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rolfarild (190) - NORWAY - JUN 27, 2015
Black with a greenich brown head. No lacing. Aroma of malt, dried fruit and vanilla. Taste is coffe, licorine, wood, caramell with a short aftertaste ofcripe fruit. Not as hearthy as most oatmeal stouts. More refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Paul. Mahogany brown viscous pour with a thin tan. Atoms is woody bourbon, mint, caramel, mint, charred wood. Flavour is smooth, choccy, mint choc, bourbon woody, vanilla, candy sugars. Palate is full, sugary, moderate carbonation. Little dried fruit, vanilla choc lingers. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1982) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: good roasted malt domination, caramel and sugar cane notes. Coffee presence and finish as barrel and alcohol. Taste: good palate, very nice roasted malt and coffee. Nice sweet sensation from the Barrel Aged. Finish sweet and sugar. Not so strong alcohol finish. Aftertaste: caramel, sugar and coffee. Very nice palate, a must to try!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (420) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Pours a pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Aromas give off light bourbon, wet oak, light anise, light roast, light earthy hops and some cocoa. Taste follows the nose but seems to have a deeper, richer cocoa/coffee note than expected. Rich and slightly velvety, this beer has a nice balance and a rounded barrel character. Nicely done.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgajdaczewa (1616) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Genialnie ułożone piwo. W aromacie czekolada, beczka, leciutka paloność, zapowiedź czegoś wspaniałego. W smaku jeszcze lepiej, pełne, gładkie, lekko waniliowe, płynna czekolada, nie przytłaczająca paloność, leciutka kawa, orzechy, nieco likierowości, choć alkohol nadspodziewanie świetnie ukryty. Gdyby piana tak szybko nie znikała... byłoby piwo bliskie perfekcji!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3565) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Large bottle from Beers of Europe. Deep black colour with a tan head. Aroma has liquorice, malt and coffee. Taste is fruity with vanilla, warming body..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1886) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 31, 2015
On tap @Ma che siete venuti a fŕ (Rome). Deep black with an impressive cappuccino foam! Aroma is chocolate, wood, vanilla, some ripe fruits, brandy, a touch of coffee and hops. Flavour is heavy sweet, rich, licorice, chocolate, alcohol. Full body, oily texture, low carbonation. Amazing!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (2423) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2015
65cl bottle at mikkeller, cph. Black as night, brown head. Aroma has coffee, barrels, cognac, big roasty notes. Fantastic taste, barrels, coffee, roasted malts.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2015
650ml bottle shared in a snifter. Black pour with a tan head - a mal amount of light is able to travel through the edges. Aroma is Whiskey dominated with the vanilla notes and stout coming distant second and third respectively. Mouthfeel is not as thick as I had hoped particularly as this is an oatmeal imperial stout. Taste wise this is a solid effort but the ABV is so clearly evident with a harsh burn not present in the normal BORIS. It can only be from the whiskey barrels but the whole point of this process is to round any edges whilst adding to the whole flavour profile. This to me is as though they got BORIS and added neat whiskey to the bottle. Possibly the least balanced BBA IS I have tried and not a patch on BA DORIS which is one of the best.


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