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RATINGS: 1003   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Made from our award-winning imperial stout, rated one of the top 50 best beers in the world in 2008. This bodacious oatmeal Russian imperial stout will crush you like no other. This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance. Aged in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels.

Batch 1 - Gold Cap - April 2009
Batch 2 - Gold Cap - July 2009
Batch 3 - Green Cap - Oct 2009
Batch 4 - Black Cap - 2010
Batch 5 - Red Cap - 2011

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Thanks to bleeng for this .01 better beer than the regular BORIS. Pours a dark obsidian black. with little head. Nose ashy whiskey with cocolate matls, roasted barley and hops. Flavor has that dark cherry chocolate taste with roasted malts, sugars and nice mouth feel. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle, golden cap. Pours black with brown head. Taste is medium bitter, lightly sour, palate is full bodied and thick with a long, strong, burnt, alcoholic finish. Aromas are complex and have raisin, vanilla, wood, burnt malts, molasses, coffee flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (7103) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2010
(Bottle, golden cap, at Pikkulintu) Poured black with small and light brown head. Aroma contained vanilla, roastedness, liquorice and mild burntness. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, vanilla, roastedness, hops, bitterness, saltiness, .liquorice, and burntness. Aftertaste contained vanilla, rostedness and bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Poured a lcear deep brown-black color with a thin off-white head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol round it out. Chocolate flavor with vanilla just a hint of whiskey and roasty. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
22 oz bottle. Black in color with a medium brown head, perfect appearance. Aroma is a nice mix of roast, light bourbon, chocolate, some light raisins. Taste is full bodied and rich, with chocolate, roast, some light bourbon, oak, fruit. Some caramel/toasted malt poking through and a moderate amount of bittering hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
In short: A kick-ass BA impy stout that doesn’t overdo the BA thing.
How: Bottle 22oz. Exact age unknown but probably about 6 months of age
The look: Near black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is moderately bourbon, vanilla notes, fudge, lots of cereals. The beer smells “big”. Taste is a whole lot of oily roasted cereals wrapped in dark caramel, vanilla, bourbon, light dark fruits notes, hops resin, some liquorice, a tiny bit chocolaty. Basically this is the standard array of flavours one can expect from the bourbon barrel aged impy stout. However this one really works because it manages to remain roasted, a little dry and somehow also managed to retain some hops bitterness. I suspect a re-blend which is just fine by me. We drank the regular BORIS just before opening this one. I’ve always liked the regular BORIS even if it is very harsh with a bitting grassy bitterness. This BA version is more round, more drinkable than the regular version. We all slightly preferred the BA version over the regular version. Crap, I used to crap on all Bourbon Barrel beer and now I’m finding more and more examples that I like. That makes me question myself and who I really am. Almost as much as when people call me “Nancy”.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2281) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle from Julio’s side by side with the regular BORIS
Aroma : Oatmeal, oily and resinous hops.
Taste : Resinous hops with bourbon vanilla.
Finish : Oily with some bourbon vanilla.
Overall : The BA really helped it in my opinion. Nose felt quite similar to the regular but taste was quite a lot better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14530) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and fruittiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican (1588) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2010
black pour with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, booze, and caramel. Flavor is in your face vanilla/bourbon, but it has a good amount of chocolate and coffee to balance it out. I get a bit of buttered popcorn, not much, just just enough to distract me from the beer. Bananas are found in this one as well, could be the oatmeal/vanilla combination as I’m thinking quaker oats. Thick finish, good carbonation, very boozy. I finished the bomber no problem, one of the better BA imperials I’ve had in awhile, and above and beyond the normal boris.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle from Kenny Road Market, poured into snifter. Appearance is almost black with a tiny beige head. The aroma is big and tasty: loads of chocolate with notes of vanilla, whiskey, and oak. The flavor is good, but doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Notes of licorice, coffee, and a little bit of booze come out though to add a little bit of complexity. The aroma was so good that I expected a little more. Palate is slick and full. Pretty good stout.

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