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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2009
Bomber, sample at Sorbon, Stockholm. Black colour, low head. The liquid seems thick, like - you guessed it: motor-oil. Aroma from the oak with vanilla, chocolate and tad bourbon. Pretty much vanilla in flavour without being disturbing, and woody oak, cherries, chocolate. The bitterness is long gone it feels (no worries), but the fieriness is there as it should be. A very nice, well-balanced oak age Impy, with slick, oily mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black as night with a tiny mocha head that dissipates quickly. Immediate aroma of bourbon with vanilla, dark fruit, and molasses. Flavor is very complex (anise, oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit) and on the sweet side. Surprisingly smooth at first, but finishes with nice bourbon-alcohol bite. Syrupy mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 Appears a jet black with a brown bubbly head that turns into a ring with some decent lacing. Scent is very nicely balanced, no overpowering booze. Vanilla and oak is present in addition to the already nice BORIS scents of dark fruits, cream, and chocolate with a light roasted malt presence. Taste is similar to the nose in that the bourbon presence adds to, not overpowers an already great stout. No major heat, just a nice hint of vanilla at the end of the drink. Great creamy taste with hints of your stout staples make this greater than the sum of it’s parts. It is done well. Mouth is pillowy thick and low in carbonation. How I prefer my imperial stouts, damn near still. Insert your angel’s share joke here. Overall, ill be seeking out more, a great twist on an already great drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Pour a deep black with a small light brown ring. Big aromas of vanilla,whiskey, dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Starts with a whiskey sweetness and ends with a nice bitterness. Very nicely balance, I like my stout slightly sweet and this was right up my alley. Syrupy mouth feel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. A nice twist to an already amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Huge thanks to pimpp. I still owe you big time. Black color. Light buttery barrel aged aroma. No oxidation. Mellow and easy to drink. Cool bottle. Better than regular BORIS.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
[2399-20090801] Bottle. Sweet roast malt aroma has an odd floral background. Dark brown black body with a quick bubbly light tan head. Woody malt flavour with a roasted sweet cask notes and a long thick aftertaste. Full body. Quite pleasant, great blend.
(w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle: The aroma is a great combination of chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, and light bourbon. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small brown head that quickly fades to nothing. The flavor starts with chocolate, molasses, and a hint of vanilla. The finish has light maple syrup, roasted coffee, and just a hint of bourbon. Full bodied with moderate carbonation that is fairly soft. A very well done barrel-aged Imperial Stout with subtle bourbon that leaves the base beer still in tact.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 19, 2009
Deep tar-black inky sludge pour with an inpenetrable dark body and a dark brown ~ almost purple head. Heavily roasted nose with massive bourbon, whiskey, and raisin smells as well as some nutty almond tones. The taste reveals that the wonderful creamy mouthfeel of original BORIS was not sacrificed here. This still retains the original’s warm, milky comforting mouthfeel. Although, I did feel that the oatmeal aspects were eaten alive by the booze; which rendered certain aspects of this brew to be somewhat flat. However, one should not care about such small details when enjoying the bounty of rich flavour and satisfaction that this whiskey-soaked frog delivers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with an average, frothy dark brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, molasses, chocolate, nutty), average hop (flowers, herbs), heavy yeast (leather, broth) with notes of alcohol, prune, dates, cherry, and tar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Thanks a ton to 17thfloor for sharing this big boy! Pours a beautiful opaque black but the head was kind of small, losing a point for it. What was there was a nice dark tan creaminess. Aroma is huge bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak woody, sharp hoppy undertones. A big alcohol presence provides some unpleasant bite on the nose but otherwise the whiskey barrel is nice and bold. Flavor is quite interesting. Big hits of dark fruit and bitter chocolate prevail over the whiskey notes which come through more in the dry finish. Very rich and powerful flavors. While there aren’t as many flavors as might be expected, those that are there are quite aggressive. Full bodied and a soft but rich carbonation. Very different and excellent to sample. Flavors are thick and heavy. I appreciate all of the nuances of flavors that have changed from regular Boris though I feel like some aspects have been sacrificed for oak and wood flavors. 17thfloor has helped note that some citric hop fruitiness is present balancing the bitter chocolate.


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