MeadMe (1411) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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!
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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!
3fourths (8480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with miketd - Pours a thick dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick tan head. Light tiny spotted lacing. Aroma is whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is much of the same. Full bodied. Light whiskey/oak aftertaste. A wonderful beer! Thanks Mike.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at toncatchers house. This was awesome. Lots of chocolate some wood and a little whiskey. Very easy to sip and enjoy. Great evening!
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my good friend Mike. Pours thick and black with a nice tan head. Aroma of whiskey, chocolate, malt, and some wood. Flavors were the reason I like BA’d beers so much, whiskey, sweet malt, toasted nuts.