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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2009
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5322) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
[Bottle] shared by tytoanderso. Pours deep, clear brown with basically no head. Aroma is eggy batter, light bourbon, and some greasy hamburger notes which were quite bizarre. Flavor is very roasty, bordering on burnt, almost no barrel influence, but there is a touch of coconut and vanilla. Mouthfeel is really thinned out compared to the non-BA version. Big let-down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Aroma is lots of oak and some whiskey, coffee/roast, and a bit of ash. Taste is slightly salty, mellow oak, some sweet chocolate, oak, whiskey, and coffee. Very subdued, well balanced. Finish is slightly bitter, coffee, sweet. Yummy, but very subdued. Well balanced and blended. Oak, nice whiskey, and just a well made impy under it, but at the same time it was not mindblowing. Still, great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 750ml bottle. Thick, boozy aroma. Lightly charred malt. Heavily toasted vanilla bean. Maybe a bit of soy and molasses. Slightly ashy with an odd note of smoked Ancho pepper. Whiskey barrel asserts itself after the beer warms up. Chocolate drizzled malted milk balls. Pours a thick, oily black with virtually no head. Oily legs on the side of my glass. Flavor is incredibly boozy for only 9.4%. Lots of charred barrel. Heavy vanilla extract presence. A bit of salt and soy. Black liquorice and anise. Medium to full bodied. Slightly greasy texture. The finish is sharply stinging. This just seems like a thinned out and overly boozed version of the regular BORIS. Good, but far from spectacular BA Imperial. Really nothing here that stands out from others. Thanks Craig!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Very dark with a thin ring of tan head. Only thing I can get out of the aroma is a slight burnt note. Flavour is ok, initially. It feels a bit thinned out without much flavour. I get a burnt finish that lingers. I dont think the barrel aging added anything. Too bad, the regular version is pretty awesome.

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