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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
I was really excited to try this, and while it wasn’t bad, it didn’t really come close to meeting my high expectations. Compared to some of the other highly rated RIS’s out there, I didn’t really feel it stacked up all that well. It is very black and syrupy, but the aroma and flavor didn’t deliver nearly as much flavor as I expected. This beer is nowhere as roasty as a Speedway Stout, and isn’t 1/10th as bourbon-y as say a Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Aroma was quite faint, and mouthfeel was frankly quite thin, particularly for a beer that looked a little syrupy coming out of the bottle. Flavor was pretty good, but fainter than I thought it would be - roasty, bourbon-y, some dried fruit notes (and quite a bit of booziness), but not to the degree of intensity that they hype surrounding this beer would lead me to believe. This wasn’t a bad beer by any stretch, but it didn’t really meet my expectations. Of those RIS’s that are big, expensive, and somewhat hard to get, I think this one is a bit over-hyped. Like I said, not bad, but definitely not belonging in the elite category or beers of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma is roasted, sweet, chocolaty, spiced and some vague boubon vanilla notes. Chocolate, toffee, fruits, vanilla, wood, roasty, light coffee in the flavour. Very smooth and easy to drink. Full flavoured. Ends on a mild roasty, sweet and spiced note. alcohol is very well hidden. Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Aroma of sourness, fruits, berries, light yeast. Flavour is sour and citric. Loads of berries, light yeast. Medium to full bodied. Dry. Very sour and refreshing end. Quite grapish. Nice. Maybe not very polite to drink this right after the Mikkeller Weasel Islay version, but anyways it´s quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to goryshkewych. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head after some effort. A light aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon and something akin to banana. A rich flavor of cocoa infused roasted malts, light fruit, bourbon barrel goodness and warmth in the finish. The finish so good; it washes barrel and sweet bourbon over your palate somehow gently. A medium thickness to the mouthfeel, very slick and oily- and wonderful. Very drinkable despite the ABV. Very good. Just a perfect usage of the bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle with ample gracias to MrBunn. Pours balck with minimal, fast disappearing tan head. Aroma is mild, some malt, roast, typical impy nose. The flavor, however, is world class. Initially anise, cherries, plums, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon/whiskey, and lighlty roasting wood chips. I have a highly untrained palate relative to most experienced beer raters, and it’s fully under assault by this brew. Excellent ABV burn as it goes down. This is a big brew, of course, but it is balanced enough to pull its punch until the very end. And even then, it uses soft gloves. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2009
22oz bottle (Courtesy of BeerandBlues2 at RSRIZZO’s tasting) 8/9/09-Pours black with a little head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Taste was the same with some cherry undertones. This full bodied brew KICKS ASS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Thick black pour with mocha brown pour. Bourbon aroma, roasted malt, coffee. Taste is vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon. From my notes and memory, this seems thinner than the reg. B.O.R.I.S. Nonetheless, it is a very tasty beer. Nice aftertaste- it really sticks around. Lacing on the glass. Worth $18 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Ørsted Ølbar - shared with Jannik. Black - Brown head. Sweetness, oakey, light bourbon, whiskey, ashtray, smokey, cocoa, chocolate, nice hoppy, smooth body, light sharpness, roasted, vanilla, coffee, high malty. Very nice smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Had this side by side with the regular BORIS.I loved the boozey nose on this brew.The pour was dark and gloomy.Flavors of roastedness, wood, whiskey, vanilla and some maltiness.The body was thinner than the regular.It was definately a warming brew that left some warmth in the belly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. Did a side by side tasting of this with the regular Boris so I could appreciate what both had to offer. This beer was very good. The aroma was primarily whiskey and coffee. The flavor was coffee and malts, a hint of vanilla and just traces of the whiskey. Which was surprising. I enjoyed the flavor of this, but I think what i missed was the thicker mouthful that the regular Boris gives me. I want a thick stout, and regular Boris gives me that. This version was a bit thin and watery for me to totally love it. Although it is a VERY well done barrel aged beer which is rare to come by.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
The barrel aged version of Boris was a little disappointing. I though the barrel aging of this already spectacular beer would make it even tastier.......it did no such thing. Poured midnight black with a small chocolate ring. Some medicinal cherry and faint wood flavors in both the nose and flavor. This is a good beer don’t get me wrong, I would take the standard Boris over the Barrel aged any day.

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