nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:22 oz bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Appearance:Oily black pour with a thin brown head.
Aroma:Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and bourbon.
Flavor:Bourbon was more prevalent, but still dominated by the roasted malt.
Palate:Full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:I was pretty disappointed with this one. The barrel aging almost went unnoticed. For someone who loves barrel aged beer, this is a sin. Better than the original, but didn’t live up to the hype.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle sent by the one and only stfun... the other josh.
dark blackish brick reddish tinted color with a thin tan head.
it has a medicinal barrel bug smell to it akin to vitamins along with chocolate, vanilla, licorice, oak, smoke and dust.
very slick mouth feel is creamy and really well balanced... flavor matches the aroma plus coffee, a savory yeast touch and an ashy roasty finish.
just as good as the original... 8/5/8/4/18/4.3
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1400. Bomber courtesy of fiver29 – thanks John! Pours crude oil black with a thick 2 finger brown head that results in spotty lacing. The nose is oatmeal, milk chocolate, roasted malt and light bourbon. The taste is cocoa, ash, vanilla, burnt malt light coffee and oats with a nice subdued bourbon finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Better than the regular version, which is saying a lot. Thanks again John!!
TheEpeeist (3180) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Ebony with a trace of tan haze. Nose is rich dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and whiskey. Medium to full body with a tang and a tingle. Taste is more bittersweet chocolate, caramel, grass, black olives and burnt sugar. Woody whiskey finish with a bit of ash. Tasty but not quite as lush as the non-barrel version.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Gambeez at the Del Mar Doom on 6/27. Well, first off, great stout - top 50? Probably not. Nose was straight roasty chocolate and oatmeal - no barrel whatsoever. Flavor was pretty spot on w/ the nose - no real bourbon to speak of, which is a bummer - although the other reviews seem to disagree with me. It’s been a while since I’ve had straight BORIS, but I can’t see this being drastically different. This is an awesome beer, but not mind shattering by any means. Thanks Justin!
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla and oak on the nose, with some chocolate and roasted malts. Pours black with a thin tan head. Intense whiskey flavor with loads of chocolate and coffee as well, very rich flavors, intense dark chocolate, also come bitter hops in the background. Very intense and creamy with a lot of oak and rich chocolate flavors. Excellent!
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #100 for the beer and #800 for me. 22oz bottle of batch 2. Pitch black pour with a thin light brown head. Chocolate nose with vanilla and oak and a hint of booze. Whiskey flavor up front with oaky vanilla. Coffee follows next, makes room for chocolate, then shows up again for the finish. Barrel-aging well executed. Not overdone. Made an amazing beer even better.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously opened at hellbilly’s 5th of July gathering -- my thanks to the AZ beer gods. Pours a dark roasted black with a reddish brown head. Smells of oatmeal, chocolate brownie, and vanilla. Hard to believe that this was aged in whiskey, because the flavor is unbelievably mellow and far from hot. The oatmeal shines more in this version than the original, along with added notes of hops and vanilla. Well done!
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour beneath a dark tan head. Scents of caramel and chocolate all with alcohol interlaced. Smooth and velvety. A slight alcohol burn follows the mellowed out flavor of camp fire smoked malts and melted chocolate. Nice lacing on the glass. Finish combo of a bitter hop finish and alcohol leaves an awkward feel in the mouth. Warms up nicely but the alcohol continues to somewhat overwhelm this thick full bodied beer.
kramer (4687) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, via miketd. Pours a pitch black body with a small fizzy dark brown head that quickly receded to a thin ring. The nose is a great balance of Imperial Stout and whiskey. Heavy roasted malt and charred oak combine wonderfully, lots of vanilla and whiskey, some noticeable but not overdone alcohol. I’m getting a lot of chocolate as well. The whiskey and vanilla grabs me first with the Stout backing them up really well. There’s a ton of whiskey flavor here yet it doesn’t seem overly boozy or brash at all like many of these beers seem to be. Not too much in the way of hops, but they do come out a bit on the finish with more vanilla, char, and burnt malt. This is just incredibly smooth and drinkable for such a big beer, especially a whiskey barrel aged beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with a nice slightly oily texture and perfect soft pinpoint carbonation. Don’t know that it’s really an improvement over the regular version, as I thought that that’s a really good beer as well, but it certainly didn’t make it worse.