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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1100) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5462) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3318) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
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.

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