FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried last night with the usual suspects. In the bottom half of barrel-aged stouts for me. A little chocolate and roasted malt on the nose but overpowered by liquor. Time would do this baby good. Wonderful jet black appearance, with a dark head that bubbles up out of nowhere. The positives stop here. Oatmeal is muted on this one, overpowered by vanilla and bourbon. Too much bourbon, not allowing the other flavors to shine. It wears on you after a glass and I’m glad I have friends to help me drink this one. Would love to see how time would treat this one but won’t be shelling out another 20 bucks to find out. Too many RIS that have a proven place in my cellar.
Guerde (1261) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours black with absolutely no head. The aroma is downright bizarre. It begins somewhat fishy, with some roasted malt, light cherry, ample alcohol, and some bourbon as well. The other scents were ok, but I couldn’t get past that fish scent. The flavors are really restrained here as well, with some light chocolate, light bourbon, and roasted malt that carries on towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very thin compared to regular BORIS, and the carbonation is minimal. This must have been a bad bottle, as it’s a shell of what BORIS is.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
batch 1 from kan! pours black with tan head just around the rim. nose is ashy, dark fruit, chooclate, and booze. flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, oak, vanilla, resulting in a long finish. tasty stuff.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1 - Thanks shawnm213! - Pours thick, dark and heavy with a small, quickly dissipating tan head...aroma is bitter cocoa malt, vanilla oak and some bourbon heat...flavour is sweet cream immediately, and leads into a dark, rich chocolate...tiny but plentiful bubbles add just the right amount of carbonation, the barrel is subtle and complimentary rather than overkill, with a charred wood bitterness that lingers...nicely warming, if not a bit sweet...
vyvvy (5149) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this well made impy stout. Pours very dark with a burnt orange / brown head. The aroma has creamy dark chocolate, roasted malt, some oak, light whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Thick creamy body with lots of soft carbonation. The taste starts with smooth creamy roasted malt with only slight bitterness, vanilla, cream and just a bit of the whiskey barrel aging to let you know its there. The finish is creamy and lingering with an alcohol presence that is very pleasing and has no burn. Very well made impy stout.
hapjydeuce (991) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Shared with jarspag, Simon and Katie at the 6/27/09 D-METAL tasting in Del Mar. Pours pitch black with an oily texture with a small dark brown head, developing thin lace. Aroma is a pleasant blend of pancake batter, loaded with chocolate chip, chocolate fudge and Oreo cookie, followed up by warming alcohol. Bourbon and oak is a bit subdued here. Awesome flavor, packed with dark chocolate and anise. I had a difficult time discerning the difference here between the regular BORIS and this brew. Bourbon and oak barrel seems non-existent throughout the entire experience. Kind of a letdown. Thick, chewy body with a creamy feeling left on the palate. Still an awesome stout overall, but with the bourbon understated, it loses the points.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:22 oz bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Appearance:Oily black pour with a thin brown head.
Aroma:Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and bourbon.
Flavor:Bourbon was more prevalent, but still dominated by the roasted malt.
Palate:Full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:I was pretty disappointed with this one. The barrel aging almost went unnoticed. For someone who loves barrel aged beer, this is a sin. Better than the original, but didn’t live up to the hype.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle sent by the one and only stfun... the other josh.
dark blackish brick reddish tinted color with a thin tan head.
it has a medicinal barrel bug smell to it akin to vitamins along with chocolate, vanilla, licorice, oak, smoke and dust.
very slick mouth feel is creamy and really well balanced... flavor matches the aroma plus coffee, a savory yeast touch and an ashy roasty finish.
just as good as the original... 8/5/8/4/18/4.3
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1400. Bomber courtesy of fiver29 – thanks John! Pours crude oil black with a thick 2 finger brown head that results in spotty lacing. The nose is oatmeal, milk chocolate, roasted malt and light bourbon. The taste is cocoa, ash, vanilla, burnt malt light coffee and oats with a nice subdued bourbon finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Better than the regular version, which is saying a lot. Thanks again John!!
TheEpeeist (3683) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Ebony with a trace of tan haze. Nose is rich dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and whiskey. Medium to full body with a tang and a tingle. Taste is more bittersweet chocolate, caramel, grass, black olives and burnt sugar. Woody whiskey finish with a bit of ash. Tasty but not quite as lush as the non-barrel version.