Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 New: Jan 7, 2010 - much better, oatmealy sweet, raisins, less hot alch. Good.
Original - 11/23/2009: Aroma is of high octane cereals and bourbony raisins. Fusely. Strong. Sweet flavors, my wife said "chocolate covered cherries" but I’d have to add soaked in alcohol. This has high heat. There is a little promising depth to the aroma (earth, mostly). Flavors are strongly bourbon. Head dies quickly, but at least it is actually there, living.
As it warms a little more, some more depth (accompanied by more alcohol!) shows. In the warmed aroma you get a little hop stringency, a little more earthiness. thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to quarter moon the surface. Sweet bourbon, chocolate, espresso, oak and alcohol aromas. Viscous and marshmallowy sweet and full upfront. Turning to bourbon soaked pinwheels in the lasting finish. Different and yummy. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2009
(22 oz. bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Inky-looking as it pours, very dark almost dark purplish brown. Thin, almost purplish brown head. Aroma of big very dark, rich molasses and port, along with chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, bourbon, wood, licorice? - lotsa stuff, all good. Palate is silky smooth and rich. Light webby lacing and a syrupy film. Flavor of very dark molasses, port, chocolate, coffee, light wood and bourbon - pretty much all the stuff in the aroma. Rich and meaty. Kinda hot and finishes with some grassiness, which is a bit detracting. Still a complex, tasty, rich and pretty well put together Imp Stout. Bontus (802) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2009
Alvinne tasting. Pours near black, small tanned head. Red hue under light. Peated nose, vanilla and smoke. Roasted wood, coffee, cereals, chocolate, soy sauce, nuts. Very good silky creamy mouthfeel thanks to the oat used. Very tastebud saturating after a while. Very drinkable stout. annahawk (11) - SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2009
Bottled. Black, thick almost oily in colour. Nose of tar and leather. Tastes rich, earthy almost mouldy.
nimbleprop (8723) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
22oz bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours an opaque black with only a little misty, tan head. Boozy, woody aroma, coffee, molasses. Flavor is KILLER: brown sugar, molasses, breads, sweet, hot, vanilla. A little too hot on the end. May be just a touch young. I think this will definitely get better. GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
bomber. Initial pour is like used motor oil thick creamy tan head that disipated quickly. aroma is very stong musty wood, vanilla and sort of bready. Flavor much like the aroma, malty sweetness, vanilla, smoke and wood and some mustiness that i cant put my finger on strong whiskey bite finish. Good. But not great. I dont the barrel aged as good as the original.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bomber. pours almost black with a brown head. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, musty wood, and coffee. Flavor has a slight musty fruity tartness that I don’t get in the regular BORIS. I almost think that the oak barrel aging is overdone. While a very solid beer, in my opinion, it pales compared to the standard BORIS. Strange, with some, such as Great Dived Yeti, I prefer the oak-aged, but with others, such as FFF Dark Lord, I prefer the regular variety. This definitely falls into the latter category. It reminds me of walking into a really old wooden building or covered bridge, musty wood overload. It is good, just not exactly what I desired considering how fantastic B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher is. I know, I’m nitpicking, but at this level and price, it had better be spectacular. stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle, 22 fl. oz. Pours a pitch black beer with a lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted, coffee, licorice and vanilla. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is soft and smooth. Overall a fantastic beer. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, Bourbon, some milk chocolate, alcohol. Low carbonation, sticky medium-full body.