Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub
The primary reason for making the drive to Akron was to sample this on draft. After doing so I can say that, while a world class beer, I am glad I did not have to wait in line for hours to try it. On par with other barrel aged BORIS versions it might be a little strong on the bourbon. That established if you come into a bottle find some friends and enjoy a great beer.
Aroma / Appearance - An inky black base and creamy tan head look much like any other variety of barrel aged imperial stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Chestnuts, mushrooms, coffee, and dark chocolate hang in the air but the main driving factors are vanillla, oak, and the tang of a Van Winkle whiskey.
Flavor / Palate - Raspberries, dark chocolate, cream, and vanilla fill the mouth with a rich boozy texture. The bourbon follow through has all the hallmarks of a Van Winkle (or Wellers) bottle toned down to beer strength. Plum, coffee, and smoke round out a rich robust experience. If not for the price and relative scarcity compared to the Irish version this would be higher on my list. Even so it does not fail to deliver a world class experience.
jdb288 (353) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours syrupy, oily black with caramel bordering. Thick frothy tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, toffee, faint cocoa. Taste is sweet caramel, boozy notes, charcoal, plum, molasses. Impressively smooth and silky. So glad to get a bottle of this.
rxeight (1049) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at bottle share. Have to say this was the disappointment of the night. Maybe it was because I had the 09 BCS before this but it was sort I a letdown. Thin. Flavors were very subtitle. It was balanced and smooth but otherwise not impressed.
Mora2000 (5358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is awesome. I get some huge chocolate and whiskey notes as well as a hint of oak. The flavor is somehow even better than the aroma. I get some huge oak and chocolate notes as well as some delicious bourbon and cream notes. The flavor and aroma complement each other very well. The whiskey is very well integrated into the beer. It adds to the base beer without overpowering it. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Awesome stout.
Errl (1315) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to jdurdz..Pour is dark black with a thin head..Nose is nutty, chocolate, spice, soft whisky, vanilla, oak..Taste is soft bourbon, nice oak, chocolate powder, blend,
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Shared with Jay and Pam. Nearly pitch black color. Thin lighter brown head. Leaves very nice lace. Awesome barrel character, cookie dough, brown sugar. Good, chewy, creamy texture. Lighter, creamy carbonation. More dry finish. Awesome moderate sweet taste, nothing close to cloying though. Moderate bitter, too. Alcohol well-hidden. Fantastic, complex stuff. Even Pam (who usually is a wine person) adored this. Dark bitter chocolate. Light hints of coffee, roast. Awesome, awesome stuff. One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Mike. Pour is pitch black with a small tan ring head. Aroma is of molasses, bourbon, chocolate, burnt toast, and brown sugar. Flavor is upfront with the bourbon at first but transitions into a nicely balanced finish - notes of wood, vanilla, chocolate cake, brown sugar, and fudge.
daknole (8557) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boom! Black pour, brown head. Rich chocolate with huge vanilla and rich bourbon notes. Creamy, thick, oily and awesome.
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by thebaldwizard - thanks again, Joe! Pours an inky midnight brown with almost no head. Notes of molasses, bourbon, chocolate, coconut, caramel, toast, brown sugar, oak, tobacco, fudge, and nuts. Medium-full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a coating mouthfeel. So rich and smooth. Really nice. This series is great.
alexsdad06 (4545) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle with the group (sample at RBWG). Pours a dark brown to black color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had all the great stuff from the regular Boris; roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso, oatmeal, some earthy hops, a splash of alcohol with the welcome addition of the pappy barrel. Wood, bourbon, vanilla that enhance the qualities of the base beer.