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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
22 oz bottle from RCL or DrHomolka. Batch 1, thanks guys! Pours a pitch black thick pour, very small dark brown head that dies to a film, clings to the edges. Thick and opaque. Aromas are sweet, oatmeal and roasted malts, creamy and dark chocolate combine underneath. A decent bourbon wet wood element, vanilla and alcohol, a bit of coffee underneath. Initial is pretty thick, sweet and roasty, dark chocolate, bourbon and wet wood, roasty ash and coffee, a nice full feel, the beer lingers very well on the palate, very roasty and bourbon underneath as the sweetness comes in well. Certainly, I can say the barrel aging did not thin this beer out as much as it could have. The bouron, while not overpowering or dominant, compliments the beer well, giving good flavors, but not taking precedence. Finish is roasty, vanilla, and barrel and smoke towards the backend. A very well constructed brew. Perhaps my only qualm was a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2009
bottle, thanks to BS! Pours thick black with a medium dark brown head with spotted lacing. Aroma is bourbon, maple syrup, some coffee, and vanilla with light oak. Wow, this is almost night and day with the original to me. Strong roasted malt and creamy oats, lots of bourbon and vanilla with some bakers chocolate and a slight dark fruit in the finish. This one is extremely creamy in the mouth, very nice silky feel. Awesome, just awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
First batch. Pitch black with a small beige head that settles quickly and leaves small lacings. The smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak. Hints of molasses and licorice. The smell is rich and deep. The bourbon character is subtle but more prominent than I had expected. The taste is very round, rich and full. Lots of smooth roasted malts, molasses and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet due to the massive malts and bourbon. The finish is bitter with warming bourbon flavors and some alcohol. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth. Although the bourbon character was more restrained in this one compared to some of the bourbon bombs out there, I thought the bourbon aromas were surprisingly prominent in it, yet very well integrated. All in all, it was balanced and complex and very pleasant as a sipper. I had it directly after the standard version of Boris the Crusher, and I must say the barrel aging seriously changed the character of it. Although I really enjoyed BA Boris, and was really impressed by the subtle bourbon character is showcased, I do believe I enjoyed the regular version more. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bomber brought down by in-laws from Andersons in Toledo. Pitch black pour with a solid tan head and lots of stick. Aroma of milk chocolate, coffee and cherry. Tastes of bakers chocolate, marshmallows, soy and bourbon followed by an earthy spiciness and boozy quality. A resiny hop sting comes through in the finish. Oily texture. As is always the case with the barrel aged varieties, would love to sit it next to the regular crusher for comparison. So, great beer but... maybe I just don’t like the whiskey vibe - feel like I like the regular better on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to shawnm213: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with some oaky vanilla and cookie dough complexity. Starts with good rich malty sweetness and toasty dark caramel toffee with some soft complex oaky vanilla balance before a semi-sweet bourbon finish. A pretty good barrel-aged imperial stout, but is a bit too sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pour looks like uncarbonated heavily used motor oil. Oily, foreboding, viscous, and rich. Aroma is bourbon leaning massive sweetness, creamy, loaded with oatmeal, dark fruit, chocolate, deeply roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark sugars such as molasses, burnt caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor is wholly sweet but never cloying. Bourbon, vanilla, roasted and burnt dark sugars, chocolate, coffee, and an epic creaminess culminate in a bitter roast that lingers like a champ. Palate is rich and oily- super thick and smacking. The robustness of the sharp bourbon notes have taken away some of the complexities of what make this beer so great and unique- delectable just the same though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Motor oil pour, minimal head. Aroma holds the distinctive oatmeal, along with vanilla, cream, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, sweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Flavor is phenomenal; tons of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses, along with great vanilla, cream, and chocolate. The bourbon barreling kicks in especially at the end for me, and it is glorious; great booze and wood characteristics. The palate is thick and rich, but still drinkable, and has a sweet finish and aftertaste. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle 22fl.oz.
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, wood, vanilla, light licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft - flat. [20090922]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 New: Jan 7, 2010 - much better, oatmealy sweet, raisins, less hot alch. Good. Original - 11/23/2009: Aroma is of high octane cereals and bourbony raisins. Fusely. Strong. Sweet flavors, my wife said "chocolate covered cherries" but I’d have to add soaked in alcohol. This has high heat. There is a little promising depth to the aroma (earth, mostly). Flavors are strongly bourbon. Head dies quickly, but at least it is actually there, living. As it warms a little more, some more depth (accompanied by more alcohol!) shows. In the warmed aroma you get a little hop stringency, a little more earthiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to quarter moon the surface. Sweet bourbon, chocolate, espresso, oak and alcohol aromas. Viscous and marshmallowy sweet and full upfront. Turning to bourbon soaked pinwheels in the lasting finish. Different and yummy.

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