DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with my brother and nephew. Inky black, motor oil pour with a substantial, rocky brown head and excellent sticky lace. The huge espresso and dark chocolate aromas of the regular Boris are there, with the addition of an unmistakable and bourbon and vanilla character, but not much "oakiness" to speak of. Thick, chewy, oily mouthfeel with very gentle carbonation and a pleasing warmth. Very little bitterness, just enough to balance all the malty goodness that lingers on the palate. I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference as to whether this is better than the standard Boris, but I sure liked it.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been able to sample this a few times on different occasions, and each time I’ve been impressed. Malty aroma with lots of chocolate and dark roasted malt. A hint of vanilla and whiskey are mixed in. Similar to the regular version. Dark brown pour, little head that vanishes and some decent lacing, I like the look of the original much better as it retains a large head and lacing. Mouth feel is completely different with this release. The barrel aging created a light fluffiness, almost a nitro stout effect. It’s exceptionally creamy and smooth, still hearty but not nearly as robust as the standard. So unexpected and so nice, it really makes this version stand apart. Flavor is great lots of nutty, woody accents followed by rich chocolate, coffee and toast. I’m amazed at the differences in this version, I’m glad it stands apart from regular BORIS, although overall I prefer the thicker more robust qualities of the other.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Jamvin23 on this one who shared a bottle with me. This beer is a solid barrel aged imperial stout. pours dark brown almost black with a small cream head. nose is strong with bourbon front and center. great balance of bourbon, hops, and dark malt. excellent!
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice, thanks Steve! Pours black with small foamy beige head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste of oatmeal, chocolate, oak, bourbon. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Great stout!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy retorp, thanks Joey for busting this out. Pours a pitch black color with a small, foamy tan head that coats the inside of the glass. The aroma is really nice of rich, sweet chocolate, toasted caramel, dark fruits, with some subtle bourbon notes. The bourbon doesn’t overpower which makes it really nice. The flavor is all about the dark chocolate fudge, dark fruits, and toasted caramel all blending together nicely. The bourbon starts to show itself with the old oak, and vanilla flavors. The bourbon is integrated perfectly without ever dominating the flavor profile. Full bodied and viscous mouthfeel with subtle carbonation leading to a long, chocolate and vanilla finish. The use of the barrel really enhances an already nice base beer and just adds depth without getting too hot. This is an awesome beer.
decaturstevo (4996) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown pour with a thick tan head and lace. Aroma of chocoffee, bourbon, oak, toasted malt and a hint of abv. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon, followed by a medium bitter. Medium/full bodied with smooth silky carbonation. Very nice offering
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 @Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-22oz bottle–pours a rich light brown head that dissipates and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/anise, woody, earthy. Taste is dark malt-roasty/anise/licorice, woody, earthy. I too enjoyed the original more. Thanks eyedrinkale for sharing.
*100715-thanks hbmason-from what Tim said is a 6+ month aged bottle-nice smoothing of the edges from the previous 2, plus some hop bite that on the other tastings that weren’t as smooth also. Nice carbonation level. 4.1
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously given to me by Eyedrinkale: Thanks Mike! First of all, this base Imperial Stout is one of my all time favorite Imperial Stouts- and this stuff is exceptional as well. Pours a jet black with a dense deep brown head. Huge black malt aroma with heavy roast and fruity undertones with chocolate liqueur, licorice/anise, softly boozy, with a mild vanilla note and lots of rich tannic oak (not sweet or overly bourbon ridden). A perfect palate! Silky, creamy, dense goes straight down without coating. Rich, sweet, fruity, roasted and balanced flavor. Has flavors ranging from dark chocolate liqueur, plummy notes, dark chocolate covered raisins, , a touch of anise, some soft vanilla, long bold chewy flavors without cloying at all! Smoky smooth charred malt notes as it warms and lots of rich dry oak on the back. Subtle, complex and extremely drinkable.
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Wow. 22oz bomber shared with my father. Pours a deeep brown with a nice tan head. Incredibly smooth and quite drinkable with a sticky mouthfeel. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and some bourbon. Bourbon is a nice compliment. Overall, a very approachable barrelaged imperial stout. pretty happy with this one. Side note: I guess there were 8 bottles of BA boris and mean manalishi mix from when they switched over to the BA boris. I was fortunate enough to try a small sample. I thought it was pretty tasty.
RERATE. Batch one fresh was awesome. batch one aged as well as subsequent batches haven’t popped as much. not as clean. original rating 4.4... newer rates 3.8 or so.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle with a huge thanks to kujo9 for the hookup! Pours a thick dark black with a moderate tan head that lingers for a bit before settling to a whispy covering. Aroma is espresso, milk chocolate, oak, light bourbon, molasses, vanilla; nicely blended and decadent nose. Flavor is equally impressive, with bittersweet and milk chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak, molasses and some background bourbon. Thicker, smooth and well rounded, and not that overly roastiness that distracted from the regular a bit. The barrel aging on this one is subtle and well done. I needed a way to clear the palate from all those Russian pale lagers, and this did the trick just fine. Thanks again Mike!