jrallen34 (3498) - 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 (6836) - 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 (1486) - 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 (4169) - 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 (3035) - 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
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; Pour is jet black with a modest tannish head. Big roasted barley and chocolate malt aromas on the nose. After the punch to the face, I’m reminded what a big oatmeal brew can provide. An amazing collection of roasted coffee, barley, hops, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits - Sweet, Bitter, and pretty smooth really. Doris wins.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber,thanks Justin. Poured an oily jet black. Nose is oats,hops and roasted Malts. Big and complex,smooth mouthful with a hint of booze running through out. Lots of dark chocolate and hops,with hints of dark fruit. The abv adds a hint of sweetness but it’s mostly underlying. The roasted Malts and hops really carry the finish.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into Snifter, Black & Viscous, with a small brown head that recedes quickly. Aromas of rich roasted malt and huge amounts of dark chocolate, molasses, with a small bit of alcohol. Taste is of dark chocolate with Sweet malty molasses. Sweeter on the front, slightly bitter on the finish. One of the fullest bodied beers I have ever had. Low carbonation but it fits well. A nice hoppy balance is noticeable when it warms. A small bit of alcohol burning with the finish, but well hidden overall. Very creamy and delicious. Hoppin Frog ROCKS.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found this at Jessup Beverage Center, Jessup, PA. The only thing a bit odd is there is a slight astringent tone in the finish, otherwise, its a chewy malty sweet oatmeal chocolate and dark delicacy with hints of citrus hops but very well balanced and flavorful at once.
Strykzone (5814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. A motor oil pour and a tiny head. Espresso aroma with brown sugar. Huge roasted notes along with chocolate. There might have been nine pounds of hops but they were so overwhelmed to add light bitterness. This one is big, bold, brassy, and so very good.