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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 274   ABV: 9.12%
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Our own cult classic, Big Boris sports subtle changes in each year’s brew. This year’s version was brewed with pale and crystal malts and hopped with Chinook. Aged for a full 6 months prior to serving, this year’s brew bursts with ripe fruit flavors followed by a firm bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. Great today, should be much better in 5 or 10 years- if we can wait that long!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Big Boris
Date: 07/21/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Indy
Vintage: 2004

muddy orange, huge dense cream head, lots of scattered and drippy lace, big fruity aroma with lots of earthy hops, rich fruity flavor, plenty of balaning earthy bitterness, touch of tartness
-------- /> Name: Big Boris
Date: 07/21/2007
Vintage: 1997
Words: franken wine barrel

lots of sweet oak and vanilla complements the rich fruity character, long bitter oak finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Draft At LB brewpub. Poured a hazy dark ruby color with an average creamy off- white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good tart fruit and earthy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a long bittersweet warming finish. Solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
(draft- Indiana brewers fest) Hazy gold brown ale with a nice grapey hopey aroma. Great vinous tatste with sweet malts and a nice grapefruit hops finish. Good body and balance.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a orangish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma was for of malts, caramel and grain. Flavor was more hoppy with the grains taking more of a back sweet. The beer was particularly smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Poured a hazy gold with a small off white head and some nice lacing on the glass. Perfumey citrus hops (both sweet and tart), more fruit, and alcohol as well in the aroma. Sweet and burning alcohol taste, taste of sweet malt, orange peel, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Had a hazy dark gold body. The aroma was caramel, honey with some light oranges. The taste is rich. This has tobacco, milk chocolate and peanuts. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Sweet Barley wine flavors and aroma this was a very tasty brew. They really take pride in cellering this brew.

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a uncarbonated transparent golden brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was musty and malt hop. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
22oz bottle from unclemike, thanks Mike! Hand written 10 marked on the bottle. Pours a clear, ruby-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is kind of an odd fruity caramel that is fairly sweet. The fruit gives off a bit of a tartness, actually. There is a decent hopping, but it gives off a bit of a cardboard nose. Flavor is better, but still a bit odd. Fruity and sweeter caramel up front. The fruits are a bit tart again. A good amount of earthy hops come in during the middle and dry this out with a moderate bitterness. Gets a bit grainy and sweet in the finish with lots of fruit. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, this didn’t really work for me. It was very fruity and somewhat tart with an earthy bitterness and caramel that never seemed to fully come together. This did grow on me a bit as I kept drinking it, but I wasn’t the biggest fan.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2004
I remember drinking this stuff at the Stoudts Brewfest and remember thinking that it tasted more like a strong ale than a barley wine. I wish I could get into more detail, but oh well.


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