ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out in an opaque black colour with a small pale brown head. Big aroma of oak, black chocolate, vanilla, almonds and burnt sugar. Full-bodied with rich notes of vanilla, oak, burnt malts, black chocolate, molasses and mild pepper. Chewy and rather oily mouthfeel. Long bittersweet finish of oak, vanilla, molasses and black chocolate.
daleharshman (1054) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at the Whole Foods on Columbus Circle while on a business trip to NYC ($9.99). Consumed back at the hotel. Pours into clear plastic hotel cup a very dark brown, almost black with nice rich dark brown foam. Complex aroma of rich roasted malts, whiskey, oats, salty bacon, soy sauce, and light chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts (slightly burnt), vanilla, dark chocolate, dark coffee, soy sauce. Like the nose, the whiskey presence is there but blends quite well with the other elements. Burnt/ash flavor in finish along with more booziness. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice way to finish off a busy day in NYC. (310, 258)
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A VERY sticky and heavenly stout. Rich, wonderful, and everything a good stout should be. Has a big coffee finish but is sweet and smooth at first. Pours nice and thick! I try alot of stouts, but i feel that this is truly one of the best i’ve had!
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of whiskey, roasted malt, vanilla, wood, and coffee. The whiskey in the aroma blends well to the already tasty base beer. Taste starts off with lots of wood and vanilla. The whiskey flavor blends very well with the flavors and comes through nicely. The base is of roasted malt, and compliments all the whiskey soaked wood. Lingering taste of vanilla and coffee. Mouthfeel is very thick and sticky. Drinks easy, but the alcohol becomes more present as it warms. I enjoyed it.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black pour with a thin light tan head. Intense creamy whisky aroma. Whisky flavor dominates. Some roast pushes through. A bit of alcohol on the end.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is why I hate those stupid hype Imperial Stouts, because well made beers such as this are then completely overlook. Does no one care about quality anymore? Really nice imperial stout, nice barrel character. Well balanced sweetness, nice coconut bourbon notes. Very well made beer. I guess it’s only fault is that it’s not 20% ABV and limited to 200 bottles. Sheep.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Capone’s, opened 3/21/10. Thick black pour with a thin tan head. Smells roasty, with bits of sweetness, alcohol, bourbon, and vanilla, well balanced. Tastes great, adds a bit of bourbon flavor without overpowering the bitter roasty goodness of the standard BORIS. There’s some sweetness and alcohol in there that are strong enough to provide a counterpoint to the bitter roast, but not overpowering. Finish is bitter and smooth, with a mild alcohol burn at the end.
jesperhammer (4482) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
19-MAR-2010, bottle with Ulkløbben - @home, from "Fish & Beer".
Tasted side by side (and blind) with the "ordinary" B.O.R.I.S.
This is just like B.O.R.I.S. just with added whisky.
The whisky does add slightly to the complexity.
One of my best beers ever. Fantastic.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ll just start by saying BORIS is my goto for RIS. BA BORIS pours jet black. Little hints of brown head that recede quickly. Aroma is godly. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Maybe some dark fruits like plum. Initial sip gives a bit of sweetness. Definite vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee and oak at the end with a slight alcohol warmth. Thick on the palate. Coats the entire mouth and lingers for quite some time. Low carbonation makes the stout silky smooth. This is a GREAT beer! It’s just a tad on the sweet side which knocks it down a few points. Very complex and robust.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. An almost opaque black beer with a very small, fully diminishing brown head. Extremely powerful aroma, very malty and lightly hoppy, with notes of roasted, nearly burnt grains, caramel, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, berries, oak and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lighty bitter. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, enormous beer. Well integrated whiskey/wood flavours. Pleasant notes of berries. Full body, soft/average carbonation, very long finish with about medium bitterness, moderately to heavily alcoholic, Not overly syrupy, not sticky or cloying, quite complex, flavourful. The only minus are the appearence (almost no head) and the strong alcohol presence (it seems more like 12% ABV). This is what I call a big beer.