superspak (3509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in late Fall 2011, so this is a year old now. Pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head with decent retention that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, bread, light char, oatmeal, and light dark fruits. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; can definitely see the bready toast character from the English malts. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, molasses, light char, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, oatmeal, and light tobacco. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, biscuit, dark fruit, oatmeal, and light tobacco on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; with a very pronounced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, thick, and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Imperial stout! Great balance and complexity of highly robust flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.
douglas88 (7354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle big thanks to Todd. I’ve wanted this for sometime. Pours a nice jet black color with a small beige grey head. The aroma is rich roast, coffee, metallic. The flavor is ashy, sweet, some age shows in light oxidation, tangy metal, dark fruit. Solid.
italianjohn (2528) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2011 from Hoppin Frog Bottle shop .... Pours thick black with a thin orange head .... carbonation way down from the usual BORIS ..... no lacing .... aroma of dark chocolate, roasted, sweeter than usual BORIS for sure with a slight grain to it ... taste is sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses ... body is thick mouthfeel is slick and oily ... finishes with a slight bitterness and dry with a nice sweet roastedness ..... if this is BORISh than the usual its still damn good!
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Joel! Poured deep brown with a short-lived toasted beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, roasty cocoa, biscuity malts, and a touch of treacle with light straw and herbal accents. The flavor found roasty cocoa, coffee, hearty biscuits, and molasses at the core, with some tangy notes and some peppery alcohol around.. roasty cocoa, black malt, and a kiss of molasses on the belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation.. a little caught off guard by the tangy character, which could be a result of age.. overall very tasty, and I’m glad to have tried it!
charule (1621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8 and beermandan. Poured oily black with with no head. Aroma bananay cream light soy. Light carb med bod. Taste semi sweet banana choc.
Art (2310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark black brown without any real head. Aromas of dark fruits, overripe bananas, slight alcohol. Taste is sweet and smooth. Slight alcohol burn. Little carb so medium mouthfeel.
dagimp (839) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery about 1.5 years earlier, so this has some age on it. Pours midnight black. Oily residue with very little head or lacing. Sweet molasses aroma with some coffee. Mouthfeel is dark and slick but very smooth. Taste is dark and roasty. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Very well balanced. Lots of "stouty" flavors here. Very buttery with coffee and very mild oak. Real good beer.
GenDV138 (3545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to my friend Daniel for the trade. Pours a thick motor oily black with minimal head, mostly a half finger tan ring. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, a bit of booze. Tastes of sweet dark fruit, raisins, dark chocolate, a little soy sauce, light floral hops. Full body with a dry finish. Thick oily mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation. Nice variant of BORIS.
alexsdad06 (7107) - Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from notes. Pour dark brown to black in color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma of has roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso with a bit more sweetness than the regular version. First taste reveals chocolate, coffee, molasses and sweeter malt; this gives way to the oatmeal, some hops, and alcohol. All of these flavors are well balanced and make for an enjoyable beer. Just a bit sweeter and not as roasty as the original.
DrewFace (950) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolatey malt, sweet, roasty, light boozy character, rich. Deep dark black opaque color, fairly thick, small light brown head. Quite roasty, chocolately, fairly bitter from chocolate and hops, decent amount but smooth alcohol.
Homer321 (2857) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by DrewFace. Aroma is a rich chocolate and cocoa. Pour is pitch black with a minimal brown ring of bubbles. Lots of chocolate as it warms. Taste is a slightly roasted bitter up front. Just short of sharp, almost a light sourness, but very faint. Mouthfeel is full and rich but not cloying. Moderate to low carbonation breaks it up well. Very good.