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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
22oz bottle from goryshkewych, thanks George. Super dark pour with very little head. Chocolate aroma, a little woody. Wow, very smooth, chocolate, and bourbon, so easy to drink, but still so flavorful, this is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2009
bottle thanks to ... Pours inky black with a thin brown head. Nose is of coffee and bourbon, Taste is of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Super dark with a small brown head that fades fast. Aroma of bourbon, sugar, vanilla. Taste is sweet, creamy, bourbon, vanilla and molasses and deliciousness. So smooth and so good. Awesome, I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1323) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Thanks to markwise for sharing this one. Have a bottle of my own to age a bit. A: Pours pitch black with a rather puny fizzy mocha colored head. No retention and zero lace. Not off to a good start. S: Lots of barrel in this one. Bold fresh cut oak, vanilla, and smoke. Hiding beneath is a bit of chocolate and toasted malt. T: Whoa mama this is a big boy. Bold barrel flavors as soon as this one hits your tongue. Lots of burnt oak, with hints of whiskey, and vanilla. Dark chocolate macaroons,and a touch of coffee. M: Rich, big, bold, and smooth. Has a body bigger than the elephant man. D: Too much barrel to call this one sippable let alone drinkable. That being said, a year on this one and it could very well be out of this world good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has vanilla, oak, bourbon, and some dark roasted malt. Has a medium creamy mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a complex array of notes. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, wood, alcohol, and provides a nice warming feeling as you drink it. I really like this beer. It has a nice meld of the best qualities of the original BORIS and has some added complexity and flavor by having the barrel added. If you like a barrel aged stout then this is a beer for you. Just top quality. Nice job Fred!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Pre-DLD tasting: Basically opaque with a small frothy tan head and minimal lace. The aroma notes of oxidation and papery tones. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, oatmeal and a touch of plum esters as well. The taste starts malty and boozy with an oaky and earthy undertone. Chocolate and coffee notes support a rye like twang. I seem not to get much hop character on the palate. The mouth feel is boozy, aggressive and sharp but is also thinner than I expected, ashy dry finish. Utterly disappointing, rather have the basic Boris over this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle traded for at DLD. Fantastic aromas although subtle of wood prunes and coffee, with background notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Pours a deep black with a nice deep tan head that seems to carry the entire glass. Tastes like a good breakfast beer should with strong flavors of coffee and milk chocolate followed by some oat, prune and a touch of vanilla. Finish has a slight alcohol burn that is quite pleasing, rather than obtrusive. Very similar to the Beer Geek Brunch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle from DMRz. Thanks Dave! What a nice change of pace in the barrel-aged imperial stout world. I thought this beer was very nicely balanced and as a result, it tasted great. Nice balance of the whiskey barrel character, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. A very enjoyable imperial stout and the best I have had in quite some time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Bottle, I have been saving this for awhile and it was worth it.dark as knight pour with nice tan head,flavor is chocolate,roasted malts and a little whiskey but not overwhelming which is nice.CHEERS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle. Dense dark brown pour, minimal light/medium brown head. Nose is part dark chocolate and part dark fruits - plum, dates, currant, berry, but also some teriyaki sauce. Little to no whisky character in the nose. Low carbonation but moderately thick texture create a smooth and silky character, a little oily as well. Dark fruits and dark chocolate hit the back of the tongue. Little to no astringency. Whisky character shows up in the finish, somewhat boozy, somewhat buttery, but overall well-integrated with the stout. Silky but could use some more body. Quite good.

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