Strykzone (3866) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Side by side with boris. Big and black. So smooth compared to boris. Such rich malt. A really good beer and quite distinct from boris.
phaleslu (4528) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber sent by fatknitty for my buddy Dan, who then shared it with me. Thanks again! Pours a super dark, opaque brown color with a small brown ring for a head. The aroma is led by dark fruits, then molasses, deep, dark malts that donít come across as roasted, sugar, and chocolate. Flavor of rich chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, earth, and fudge. Some boozy heat. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich, chewy mouthfeel. Iím not as big a fan of the English malt bill; not bad, but my least favorite of the BORIS line.
Chudwick (1139) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Batch 100. Bottle in a snifter. Pours brown with brown head. Aroma is coffee and alcohol. Taste is bitter. Very roasty. Full body. Not my style. Thank you AR for sharing.
bluejacket74 (1012) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch dark brown head. The head doesnít stay around for too long, and thereís a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and roasty, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, oats, and a little bit of dark fruit and coffee. However, the taste seems a lot more roasty than it is sweet. It tastes like roasted/burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some anise and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid overall beer, but I donít like it nearly as much as I do the regular BORIS. And with this being a little more expensive ($10.99 a bottle) than the regular version, I wonít be buying another bottle. But I do think itís worth a try since itís a one time beer.
AndyReynolds (720) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A little disappointing for me. I am a fan of the regular BORIS and had one the night before I had this one. It did not seem as sweet as the regular BORIS and it was very dry, which normally I like, just not in this case for some reason. Still a fine beer, but I was hoping this would blow the Royal or the DORIS out of the water.