knickskicks (923) - - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, thick tan head. Nose is big chocolate, smooth bourbon barrel. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, smooth bourbon. Creamy medium-full mouthfeel.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by Sparky! Dark mocha-colored pour with a small latte head. It’s a tad bit thinner than expected but still chewy and coating. Most Pappy-barrelled beers pick up a differentiating complexity, smoothness, spiciness, and richness This one, unfortunately, wasn’t set apart from it’s less rare brethren. In fact, I would say that I enjoyed the others a bit more. Perhaps timing is everything...more months soaking up the decadent whiskey might have helped. Dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, a hint of oak, and a bit of booze. Still very enjoyable, however, and excited to have tried it!
jcartamdg (2483) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick motor oil like black with a thick mocha head. Aroma of semi sweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste follows, like brownies, bourbon and vanilla coffee. Thick and chewy, gets better and better as it warms!
Dogbrick (9614) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room. Inky black color with a medium thin khaki head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, chocolate malt and raisins, with a hint of banana. The finish is dark chocolate and bourbon. Another good entry in the BORIS series.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured jet black with a thin forming, lacy, retaining, tan head. nice barrel, whiskey booze, and sweet vanilla pastry aroma. Smooth, nice mouthfeel, not too viscous or too thin. Just right. Lovely, cocoa, toffee, toasted grains and barrel character here. Dark chocolate with a hint of mocha and sweetness smoothed this one out.
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at 4th of July BBQ (Lyons, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish hue, opaque and dark with firmer brown dark head atop. Decent retention and stick around, mellow lacing overall. Aromas show some firmer sweetness, caramel and cocoa meet with vanilla, fudge and gentle espresso elements hitting the palate. Some cake elements, gentle roast and char come in but a bit light. Initial is firmer bodied, a bit sweet overall with fudge, caramel and toffee giving some depth, body. Touches of spirit are warm, vanillin and whiskey meet with sweet malt elements really making this a rich, sticky experience. Even with barrel time, this has held up a bit too much. Backend is a waft of dark fruit, roast and toast elements come in a bit more. Touch of whiskey and tannic oak, sweetness and stickiness still hangs on a bit. Full of flavor and a bit big overall, the spirit and barrel is still pretty firm though indicating more barrel time wouldn’t have helped. Some sweetness, oak hang on as we finish. Pretty solid stuff.
Hammy78 (880) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade with OntBeerTaster. Opened this quite happily to celebrate the birth of my second son. Pours an absolute midnight black, half finger of khaki head, some tiny lace spots. Nose is a heavenly bourbon aroma, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, sugar. Tastes sweet, bitter, coffee, vanilla. Super well balanced. A treat.
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Velvety dark oily black thin head fairly weak nose. Just a touch of tar, cigar and brownies. Nice taste. Quite toasty. Some chocolate cookies and vanilla and table sugar. Sweet finish. Roast is throughout and sticks around long after finishing still, lacking quite a bit
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours black with a nice dense brown head. The aroma is sweet and candy like with lots of bourbon, marshmallows, vanilla and chocolate. The flavor has some dense chocolaty malts with some mild hints of dark fruit and significant bourbon notes, but reasonably balanced with the rest of the beer. The body is very thick and rich.The finish has very strong roasted malt, smores and burnt toast. Very nice stuff.
sturmthis (912) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black color with almost no head. Smells of Bourbon. Very smooth. Boozy taste and dark fruit. Amazing.