dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Thanks to Acknud for hooking me up with this. Shared with Ian. Pours motor oil black with a thin tan head. If you roll it around in the glass, you can see how thick it is by the way it coats the glass. Aroma is Coffee, oatmeal, chocolate malt, and hops all rolling around in there. Taste is an explosive mix of thick bitter hops, roasted grains, and chocolate all smoothed out by the oatmeal. Finishes with a nice chocolate hop aftertaste. I really like this as an after dinner type drink, but it was a bit much for my friends. Strykzone (7797) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
What a great name and an even better beer! Boris is a BIG beer in every way and offers delights for all the senses. It was smooth, chocolaty, malty, coffee, and just damn good. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle purchased at Julio’s on the drive up for the EBF. Poured into a snifter; a very dark brown/black with a medium to dark brown head. Looked good. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, oats and heat bar. Very oaty in terms of flavor. Bordered on being thin and/or watery. Moderately sweet and bitter. Didn’t like it as much as the recently tried Sexual Chocolate. I think I am just getting tired of Imperial Stouts and more extreme beers in general. shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2008
22oz bottle from 2007. Maybe a little less than a year old. Poured into a large snifter the color is a glossy black with a dark tan head that quickly reduces to clumps of dark tan bubbles floating on the surface. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, but it leans heavily to the sweeter chocolate notes. The flavor is similar. There is the roasty character that sorta resembles mild coffee, but the sweeter side prevails. Its big, but it is definitely oatmeal stout in character. The body actually comes across a bit thin, but that may be more due to the age. The body is creamy though, so I’m still impressed for this high of alcohol. Quality stout, but I’m not wowed enough to push this into the 100 percentile. explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2008
BORIS poured black as oil and produced a nice brown head. It had some great banana esters and a solid, creamy body. Generally, it was a delicious beer and I wish it was more readily available on the west coast. It is nearly on the level of great local San Diego offerings like Speedway Stout and Old Viscosity.
acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bomber courtesy of a friend suggestion, pleasantly pleased and surprised, black hue, chocolate and coffee aroma with decent roasted barley, excellent full body, well balanced, flavorful milky thick texture with some dried fruit tang. Highly recommended. Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Velvety black. Doughy chocolate aroma; spicy and soft like cinnamon brownies. Sweetness of vanilla, roasted dark fruits, port, and graham cracker cheesecake crust. Burnt and ashy, but only slightly acrid. After an initial rush of harsh roasted bitterness, the flavor is soft and warm, with a tangy touch of pineapple and honey skirting the surface of a rich body made up of dark mocha and caramel syrup; very creamy with vanilla oats, cushiony and dense. Fruitiness of red apple and blackberry dusted in cocoa; lots of chocolate resonating on every surface. Palate is medium to full in body, very feathery and luxurious, and tapering out with an unexpectedly thin finish of sugared coffee and skim milk. Still quite fruity. The effect of that watered down finale mingles perfectly with a firm, lingering chocolate malt and maple remnant to leave a unique, tender impression; the oatmeal seems to round every edge and polish every rough quality with flawless ease. Like silk going down; very well made and pleasant to drink. Thanks Mike!
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle @ the wolf tasting. Black with a very brown/caramel coloured head. Aroma of oatmeal, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Flavour is very full, al lot of coffee and chocolate. Great palate. Great great beer. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bomber Courtesy of Alexsdad06, Thanks Brad!!. Pours a rich oily black color with a small tan head. Nose of cream, dark chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. Initial taste is full bodied that covers the mouth with roasted malts, chocolate icecream, mollasses and dark fruits. Mid palate of coffee. Finishing with a nice balance of bitter hops, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Smooth with oily texture. Alcohol is greatly masked. Good Head rentention. Palate duration is excellent. Absolutely delicous. BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 This bottle thanks to yem25, but thanks also to miketd and mreusch who sent me bottles so I can have some around. Pours a THICK, inky black color with a rich, deep tan head that slowly recedes. Aroma of sweet chocolate with nice dark coffee and a nice walnut-like aroma. Smooth chocolate entry leads into a nice oaty-malt taste and a mellow molasses taste with a hint of the same nuttiness evident in the flavor. Finishes smooth and nice coffee undertones begin being apparent. Smooth and easy to drink, no alcohol noticeable. A really nice, easy-drinking imperial stout. Thanks to all you guys that sent me some, I like it.