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. 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. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
In short: A kick-ass BA impy stout that doesn’t overdo the BA thing.Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
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”.
Bottle from Julio’s side by side with the regular BORISRatman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
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.
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.
DietPepsican (1591) - @ $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. 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. ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
650mL bottle from DK tasted up against the barrel-aged version. Both were tasty, but the regular version was the winner of this tasting for me. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of whiskey, and chocolate. Body is oily, with less carbonation than the regular than the regular version with whiskey notes, coffee, liquorice, oak, vanilla and some mild smoke. Finish is not as lasting as regular version, and a bit more balanced out. Whiskey taste is not totally dominant, which makes this a nice beer. thewolf (12597) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Enjoyed alongside the superior original (which was a 4.5).
Pours utterly black with a small, creamy, beige head. Sweet, vinious aroma with coffee, vanilla, oak and fat, lovely chocolate. Low carbonation, great dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is oaky, dry, vinious, vanilla, coffee. Masterful aftertaste with good dryness, bitterness, roasted and chocolate notes. Wonderful, but the aging detracts from the utter brilliance of the original. Overall, it gains some tartness and oak but looses the fantastic balance of BORIS. But still nice.
bottle, via trade with ogglethorp, dark brown with reddish highlights, skim of tan foam, aroma is lots of roast coffee and whiskey, flavor is much creamier vanilla, bourbon, espresso, toffee caramel and hershey chocolate