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RATINGS: 933   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



4.1
   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.

3.6
   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!

2.8
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2009
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2009
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1117) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11585) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2009
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


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