GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle batch 1, courtesy of Reed415.
Pours pitch black with a small tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing on the way down to a minimal collar.
For lack of a better word, the aroma is dark, really dark. It’s got a massive dark roasted malt aroma with lots of toasted oats as well. Some bakers chocolate follows and only a subtle barrel presence with a little oak and hints of whiskey. One of the least intrusive barrel aromas I’ve smelled recently.
The taste is more of the same and I’m definitely surprised the whiskey doesn’t show more. The dominant flavors are dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. I’m also very surprised by the level of dark fruits in this one - lots of chocolate covered cherry flavors. There is definitely some oak in there, but the whiskey is really, really subtle, and vanilla is more dominant flavor.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with the oats making their presence felt. The carbonation is light and the body is medium to full.
This is a solid BA stout and I can’t decide if I like this or the regular version more. What I do like is that the barrel character is not overpowering and the the underlying beer still dominates the flavors. It’s a sweet and roasty stout with hints of whiskey which make it very drinkable for a BA stout.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pour is nearly black with some fudge brown hues and a thin layer of creamy tan head. The aroma is pleasantly balanced between whiskey and the base beer character, giving a rich impression of boozey chocolate fudge. The bourbon character are clear, but at the same time balanced, allowing a pleasant amount of malt to shine through. The barrel character consists mainly of spicy oak and boozey whiskey, with a touch of vanilla - pleasing, but my personal preference is to have more of a vanilla bomb. Rich chocolate and toasted oats provide a hearty base, with some restrained roast. It’s surprising how much the oats come through in the nose. Medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a slick, oily texture. Pleasantly rich in flavor and body, but much of the textural impression seems to come from the oats as opposed to cloying sugars. Semi-sweet dark chocolate and peppery whiskey up front on the palate; boozey, but in a soft and warming kind of way. The spicy oak contributes some balancing tannins. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Toward the finish, some grassy, resinous hop characters begin to emerge, pleasant in the bitterness balance in the malt, but the flavor character seems somewhat at odds with the other flavors for my palate. My favorite aspect of this beer is the balance between the barrel and malt characters, my least favorite is the hop character, but overall this is a very nice beer. Thanks for sharing, Julian!
BOLTZ7555 (2852) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Sparky27...THANKS ERIC!!! Had to throw this in to offset a night of sours...twist my arm!!! Ebony pour produces a dark caramel head that leaves sticky lacing. Incredibly rich chocolate aroma with oak, smoke, vanilla, and bourbon. Full-flavored with toasted oats, cocoa, molasses, charred marshmallows, brown sugar, roasted coffee beans, and slight bourbon notes. The alcohol is subtle...and enhances the brew nicely. Not quite as creamy as others in the style...bit of an oil slick really...but delicious.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from stfun. Wow! Don’t believe I’ve ever tried a ba brew that was so perfectly blended. Smooooooth. Like chocolate moose eaten off your deck that you spilled whiskey on- just a touch of oak and booze. Nice.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a medium dark beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, peach, hops and chocolate. Sweet flavour with vanilla, burned malt, dark bitter chocolate, smoke and whiskey notes. Finished sweet and full.
Marsiblursi (3046) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a small dark brown head. The aroma is fantastic with boatloads of deep roasted malt. Tones of black coffee beans and creamy dark chocolate cake. In addition, the malt is a bit dark bread-like. The oak/whisky notes are nicely balanced and well integrated. Undertones of blueberries, new asphalt, nuts, smoke and vanilla from the oak. The flavour is near medium sweet and near medium bitter with a medium wood dry finish. The acid levels are extremely low considering the heavily roasted malt profile. Tones of coffee, dark caramel, dark chocolate, dark berries, oak/whisky, and some light resiny hops. Light vinous ending. Light dark fruity. The mouthfeel is super velvety smooth and oily with a perfect carbonation. Near full-bodied. Not mega complex but extremely well balanced and tasty, just like the normal Boris.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Viscous near black pour. Some brown bubbles, sticks to the glass a bit. Big bourbon aroma, accented with molasses, vanilla, caramel, just hints of roast malt. Taste is a real nice balance with the barrel on the stout qualities, not as potent as the nose. Roasted malt, chocolates with light amounts of dark red fruits. Vanilla, caramel, oak follow. Warming, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Thick and full bodied. Finish is lingering toffee sweetness and oak barrel. The only thing I would say this could use is some more bittering of coffee and hops. I expect barrel aging to negate some of that anyways though. Good drinkability for the "size". A real nice variation on the excellent original Boris.
thirdeye11 (5647) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 22oz bomber) Pours black with light oily tan head and bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, light coffee, dark belgian candi sugar; quite complex. Taste is un-bitter coffee, very creamy, mouthfeel is quite viscous, and the finish reminds me of Dr. Pepper. Loving this one. Extremely appropriate example of the style, maybe the Dr. Pepper finish is evidence of being able to taste the barrel which I suspect it is.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.