joergen (28142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle at Papsø.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, caramel and oat with notes of coffee.
Roasted flavour of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with notes of coffee, alcohol and whisky.
Dry roasted finish. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle (Batch 1) thanks to Skyview. Dark black motor oil pour with little carbonation and a rich dark chocolate and vanilla aroma. Flavor also rich mellow chocolate, vanilla, smoke and just friggin amazing all the way through. Go out of your way to get some of this if you like imperial stouts. fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Back color; no head. Dusty chocolate aroma, some ashes and bread. Good body, and good chocolate flavor, just slightly corrected by some oak, but also with somehow a high alcohol perception. Powerful is the best I can say about this. yespr (45447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small dark glare and a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malty flavoured. Smooth fruity, roasted and dark chocolate flavoured. Very boozxy. Roasted chocolate and dry malty to breadish flavoured into the finish. Ungstrup (37601) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has strong notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, and wood as well as a bit of oranges and chocolate, leading to a roasted and dry finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue and palate. Thanks yespr for buying this for the corporation :-)
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Pours thick and opaque black with an off-white head. Very roasted aroma - almost tar-like. Full body, hard roasted malts, vanilla, vitamin C and dried fruit. Very sweet and sticky with only a discreet malty bitterness. The barrel aging doesn’t really come through. 220909 BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. After one sloppy BA mess after another at the tasting, I didn’t have high hopes for this one. Boy was I wrong. A perfect example of how barrel aging should be done. The incredible oatmeal flavor of BORIS with vanilla, coconut, oak, and a little biscutiness from the whiskey. Just enough aging went on to add intriguing compliments to the base beer instead of Crushing it! Well done Hoppin Frog! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 Served from a 22 oz bottle, batch 1, from tendermorsel on BA. Appearance is a rich and velvety ruby edged black with some small bubbles and almost no head. Aromas are full of strong whiskey, roasted malt notes, and a touch of barrel smoke. The flavors are vanilla spiked whiskey with strong cherry notes, coconut. Mouth is wonderfully smooth and full bodied, alcohol is fairly well hidden. A spectacular brew!
Batch 2 (also from tendermorsel). Superstitiously opening before Lebron’s announcement (7/8/10) to keep him in Cleveland (we’ll see....). The appearance is a deep opaque black with a big deep brown head. Wonderful aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Flavors are rich roasted malts, chocolate, coconut, black coffee, prune/raisin, alcohol. Mouth has a bit strange carbonation to it. Alcohol still a touch hat. Still a fabulous beer. But did the superstition work?......Not so much :( Best of luck LBJ.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Batch 1!!! Unending thanks to danielcurtis81 on his wedding week. Pours oily pitch black with thin dark tan layer of head. Aroma is mostly strong barrel and coffee with chocolate and molasses and other teasers, very, very enticing. Taste is more of the same amazingness: vanilla bourbon barrel, bitter-sweet chocolate, sugar cookie, dark roasted malt, SO smooth and SO creamy with a slight alcohol component that compliments that weight of this beer perfectly. What a dream come true! This is a phenomenal beer. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
I was really excited to try this, and while it wasn’t bad, it didn’t really come close to meeting my high expectations. Compared to some of the other highly rated RIS’s out there, I didn’t really feel it stacked up all that well. It is very black and syrupy, but the aroma and flavor didn’t deliver nearly as much flavor as I expected. This beer is nowhere as roasty as a Speedway Stout, and isn’t 1/10th as bourbon-y as say a Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Aroma was quite faint, and mouthfeel was frankly quite thin, particularly for a beer that looked a little syrupy coming out of the bottle. Flavor was pretty good, but fainter than I thought it would be - roasty, bourbon-y, some dried fruit notes (and quite a bit of booziness), but not to the degree of intensity that they hype surrounding this beer would lead me to believe.
This wasn’t a bad beer by any stretch, but it didn’t really meet my expectations. Of those RIS’s that are big, expensive, and somewhat hard to get, I think this one is a bit over-hyped. Like I said, not bad, but definitely not belonging in the elite category or beers of this style.