drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boris pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Bubbles shoot up from the bottle to the top of the glass. The smell on this beer is pretty damn nice. I was impressed from the start. It has a lot of the same characteristics of a lot of the RIS out there. Nice cocoa smell up front, small amount of coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. I would of love more of a coffee aroma here but overall nice aroma.
Taste doesnít exactly match the greatness of the aroma but itís still very nice. Roastiness comes through more here with the chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits rounding out the taste. The alcohol in this beer is pretty well hidden for being 10%. None of the ingredients really take each other over. Pretty damn balanced from start to finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, coats the mouth. Carbonation is fairly high here. Thereís a pretty big bitterness.
crazyvin (1800) - New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap a black body with a tan head that had mild retention. Aroma was a mix of citrus hops, roasted malts and alcohol. There were mild hints of cocoa. Flavor seemed to have a mix of roasted malts and grapefruit. There was a sweetness to it and the alcohol was certainly present. Finish was smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jimsal27 (111) - New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with tan head. taste Chocolate, coffee, and malt. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beer Authority. Pitch black with a creamy dark brown crema-like head. The nose is quite intense. Heavy roast and a bit of light fruit as well. Cherry and heavy charry roast barley. There is a light bit of tart/acidity that Iím assuming is from the heavy roast/carafa component. A bit of a waxy flavour on the finish that I could do without. Decent though.
jmagnus87 (2034) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG. From notes. Chocolate, Roasty coffee and dark fermented fruits. Would love to try more from these guys.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleselect.com. Pours dark black with red glints and a transient fizzy dark tan head. Aroma is black/burnt cereal and chocolate. Med body, quickly thinning as carb leaves. Flavor has lots and lots of smooth coffee. A little chocolate in the background. No heat at all. Yummy.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish black with a thin tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich dark molasses flavor with a very dry finish and, surprisingly, no heat.
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Super roasty aroma with a creamy quality. Opaque with a reasonable tan head. Roasty flavor, bitter, but with almost lactic smoothness battling the assertive bitterness. Bitterness hangs on well into the finish. a little rough all around. Flavors competing more than melding.
Bacterial (839) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the RBSG pre party - thanks John! Roasty malt goodness, thin but enjoyable.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle sample. Thanks John! Pours brown black slightly oily looking with a nice thin tight mocha head that leaves a collar. Aroma has some bitters roasted malt and coffee. Taste is bitter dark fruit faint bakers chocolate and roasted malt. Palate is medium slick and dry.
BVery (5135) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by John - thanks! Very dark pour with a light beige head. Heavy roasted malt and some licorice sweetness. Very good!