adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Slightly bitter, pretty thick chocolate, dark malty nose. Thick, somewhat syrupy mouth feel. Thick, espresso, chocolatey, dark, velvety malty flavor. Incredibly smooth. Slightly bitter, very tasty dark malty finish.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is a big-boy beer. Lots of burnt stout-related tastes. Big-bodied. I actually will pass on re-purchasing but I will give the BORIS a try.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oats, licorice and grassy hops. Black hue with a very small brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied, oily soft and not cloying. Overall I was surprised at how easy this brew is to drink. I was expecting a beer that was much more viscous but no so much. A very solid Impy but is needs a little more head.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Shit, thank you Peter. This beer pours darker and more viscous than any beer I can recall. The head is large, creamy, oily and dark brown. Aroma of hops, roasted nuts and malts, chocolate, wood, mild alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, lots of sweetness but enough bitter cocoa and hop flavor to balance it well. Thick chewy texture, very mouth coating and oily. An extremely delicious beer.
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 bottle. deep black body, short, firm dark brown head. nose is inky soy sauce, roasted barley and fudge with a fog of mildly caustic milk powder yeast. body is silky, thick and full with chunky and chewy malt support and assertive hop bitterness. sweet oatmeal and molasses early but the sweetness seems tempered by hop bitterness and malt roast. turns more towards cooked greens and wet mint hop flavor with increasing bitterness and astringency in the green finish, but still manages to leave a lingering dark chocolate and stewed cherry / plum sweetness on the palate. overall it’s enjoyable as it possesses pleasant frothiness and flavor provided by well-matched acid, bitterness, sweetness and carbonation
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours jet black with a light tan head, not much retention or lacing.
The aroma is very light, not a whole there. Light coffee.
The taste is also pretty light, some coffee, a light bitter coffee.
Ernest (6908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, dark brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, cookie, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, wood.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
I’m not sure how one extra percentage point over Boris earns it the "double" moniker, but I certainly would not want this to have any more booze than it has. It’s rather simple, surprisingly, but aromatically attractive and reasonably solid. The mouthfeel is less than impressive, being rather watery, thinner than its gravity would suggest, and burning in the finish. The recent batch of Boris I had was better, but this is still a decent Impy overall.
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate malts, roast, grains, black licorice and a little charred leather.
The flavor is sweet chocolate with a lot of roast, black licorice, and a big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy.
Overall, a nice imperial stout. It’s big, but not over the top. It’s a little too much charry bitterness and black licorice for me. I think I liked the regular BORIS a bit better (both are better than the barrel aged IMO), but it would be fun to do a side by side.
Cybercat (4291) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma is strong and smoky with tones of unsweet chocolate and quality coffee, along with more than a hint of anchovies. It pours - woo-wee, utterly black with a thick, dark tan, fine-bubbled head that hangs around - there’s no way they could improve on that, Dixie Darlin’! Flavor is WOW! Semi-sweet chocolate, quality roast coffee, hints of molasses and miso, even a touch of hops and a smidgen of anchovies. Hey, I like anchovies. Texture is fizzy, oily and thick, leaving a nice heavy mocha finish. This one is just a shade or two off perfection - at least in my book. OK, I’m prejudiced in favor of stouts and porters, but that’s just the way I iz.
drjay44 (3090) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. O.G. 1.18, 70 IBU, per the bottle.Served at cellar temperature. Pours a short lived, mocha head, over a brownish black body....nose is heavy coffee, chocolate, molasses, toffee, soy, yeast....taste is sweet malts with toffee/caramel, molasses, beef, hints of dried fruit, and licorice, finishing with a lingering coffee/hop bitterness....mouth feel is thick, chewy and sticky, alcohol slightly present, carbonation makes a lovely creamy sensation on the tongue. This is not a taste bud destroyer!! This is just your typical well done Imperial Stout. It is very well balanced and quite delicious. The oat meal comes through in the mouth feel. There are layers of aroma and flavor complexity to be discovered and it is very easy to drink. Try not to serve it cold, and give it a chance to open up a bit in the glass ( this is hard to do because you have to wait) and you will be rewarded. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8