JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour. The nose has loads of big, bright sweet chocolate. A kiss of sweet cocoa. Through the middle there is also an aroma of sweet character malts. Rich and sticky body without appearing sugary or cloying. A nice fruity vineous character. Rich malts with a lingering milk chocolate flavour. The barrel throws off a lot of rich oakiness. There is a bit of berryish fruit that underlines the vineous and cocoa notes very nicely. There isn’t really the typical vanilla character, just lots of sweet oaky complexity that is hard to put a finger on. Long lingering finish that alternates between silky chocolate and soft fruitiness. Really lovely Impy.
Boutip (5833) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light vanilla and bourbon notes thought not as dominated as expected with some roasted malt with some black chocolate. Taste is lighter then expected with light bourbon with some distinct vanilla notes and light roasted malt with some subtle black chocolate. Body has an oily texture with medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernible. Kind of disappointing and not sure the barrel-aging brought anything more to this one.
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with some nice woody hints and hints of bourbon. Roasted malty bourbon and chocolate flavor with some hints of vanilla. Has a slightly sweetish roasted malty bourbon and chocolate finish with hints of wood and vanilla in the aftertaste.
BVery (9482) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 BOTTLE: thick black pour with a brown/tan head. Wood, whiskey, and dark roast on the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Taste is very sweet, light bourbon, wood, and the high alcohol comes through. Fantastic beer.
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my Honkeybra for this one. Ooh a sexy beer for sure. Heavy, full-bodied, awesome. Quite thick mouthfeel. Very subtle bourbon aging, but it’s basically perfect. The aging adds the perfect amount of complexity and awesomeness to this brew. Bad Ass Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout for sure.
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 (2284) - 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 (355) - 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 (6154) - 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.