jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Gambeez at the Del Mar Doom on 6/27. Well, first off, great stout - top 50? Probably not. Nose was straight roasty chocolate and oatmeal - no barrel whatsoever. Flavor was pretty spot on w/ the nose - no real bourbon to speak of, which is a bummer - although the other reviews seem to disagree with me. It’s been a while since I’ve had straight BORIS, but I can’t see this being drastically different. This is an awesome beer, but not mind shattering by any means. Thanks Justin!
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, served in a snifter next to the base. Pours oily black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge notes of vanilla, oak and whiskey, along with espresso, chocolate, molasses and subtle tobacco smoke. The flavour is moderately sweet with roasty malts, vanilla, oak and chocolate. Notes of espresso and tobacco are also present, but muted under the prominent barrel notes. On the palate it is full in body with a velvety smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall this is a very nice, elegant imperial stout with impressive vanilla, oak and whiskey character. 2014-04-03
GTAEgeek (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black (not even a hint of color when held up to the light), with a medium, thick, tan head. Bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, whiskey, coffee, and molasses. Very sweet, with a little burnt bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, syrupy, and sticky. A slightly warming finish. Overall, this is a thick, delicious stout. Great bourbon notes, with a good, chocolate and coffee backbone. Light bitterness that doesn’t distract too much. This is a tasty, and relatively approachable stout.
seth_lfod (322) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into a snifter to assist in snow shoveling. Black as night pour with minimal brown head. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grounds, and vanilla. Taste is similar with a hint of oak and whiskey. Super thick and coating.
YigSvartka (45) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 Thick, heavy looking beer, with little head. Dark roast dominates the aroma. Tastes just as it looks. Extremely strong, heavy, sticky, roast, sweet chocolate, and prominent alcohol. Very intense flavour. Very good, but unfortunately not a favourite as I was hoping.
JimmyBoy74 (99) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33 cl Örebro ölcafe. Svart färg. Doftar rostad knäck. Smakar julmust bröd och lite sött.
charule (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hoppin Frog thanks to artmcd8. Poured black with decent tan head that dissipates. Aroma of choc vanilla bourbon. Light carb heavy bod. Taste is very bourbon forward that coats the tongue.
baraciisch (1523) - USA - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black in color, light mahogany tan in color... Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, licorice, espresso... Flavor is very well balanced, mellow, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice... Mouthfeel is very thin... Delicious
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jamesthebrit (194) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Must be the 2012 version with a white cap.
Boozy and chocolaty on the aroma. Smooth, sweet.
Looks insane. Pours thick and black with a super dark head.
Taste is smooth and chocolaty finish is little aggressive but not too bad with the booziness.
Palate is great except the finish which is a little aggressive.
Overall a very nice imperial stout. Doesn’t have the acidity of others.
weihenweizen (1507) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated brown bomber with gold cap. Pours black with small dark brown highlights and very small beige head. Aroma is complex barrel, medium body, low carbonation, and Taste is roasty, oak, whisky, oat malt, soy sauce, some herbal hops, some vanilla, and dryer finish. One of the best imperial stouts I have had.
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Gold cap to tulip
Oak, raisin, chocolate, soy and bourbon.
Dark, clean, dark brown, no head.
Grape, sweet malt, milk, and vanilla.