douglas88 (6937) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Headbanger (3500) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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!