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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%


Brewed by:
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black as night with a nice (but small) tan head. Very little lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, light hints of chocolate, and subtle booze. Wonderful!

T: Bourbon, oak, burnt coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. Good amount of warming alcohol as well. Not quite as complex as I was hoping, but quite tasty nonetheless.

M: Full bodied, thick and chewy. It's pretty hot from the alcohol as well. Not a ton of carbonation.

D: Reminded me of Black Tuesday in many ways, but isn't quite as good. BT is the best IMO, though, so that shouldn't be held against the barrel aged BORIS. This is a great bourbon barrel aged stout and I'm thrilled I had the chance to taste it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:54:24 | More by MrDanno96
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mwa423

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours very dark brown with no head whatsoever. You can hold this up to a spotlight and see nothing through it.

S - Stout + Bourbon + Stout...and then some bourbon. That about sums it up.

T - Fantastic barrel aged stout with lots of dark thick rich coffee and malt, with the bonus of mouth filling whiskey. Rich, thick, and a real mouth filler

M/D - Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, but also strong and hearty. THis is as drinkable as 10% barrel aged stouts get, it's still a slow sipper that the taste character continues to come out as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 04:41:22 | More by mwa423
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased for $15.99 at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY.

Appearance: Opaque brown black oil slick with a brownish slightly grape 1 finger rocky foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves mild amounts of lacing.

Smell: Mainly whisky barrel over roasted coffee with some caramelish sweetness and oats.

Taste: Over roasted malts couple with some chocolate bitterness and coffee flavor. Oatmeal is a bit masked compared to the non-BA version. The whisky barrel adds a touch of heat and a sweet tinge that really "awakens" this RIS.

Mouthfeel: The oats really add silky smooth softness to this brew that I find very enjoyable. Honestly this RIS has one of the better mouthfeels for the style in my humble opinion.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:03:55 | More by koopa
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hopwilder

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A beautiful dark pour that leaves a fluffy, tan, creamy ring of head around the glass. Leaves little lacing upon sitting.
Smell - The barrel aging is apparent, with hints of sweet, roasted coffee, and a light hop aroma to finish it off.
Taste - Again an initial hit of the wood barrels, followed by the roasted coffee, as the sweet sugary flavors come out right in your face. The finish is a fantastic combination of the woody, roasted flavors and the sweet creaminess.
Mouthfeel - The creamy texture of the stout is slightly lighter due to the barrel aging, with appropriate levels of carbonation.
Drinkability - The weakest asset of this beer, due mostly to the harder woody, bourbon flavors brought out due to aging.

Overall I loved this beer, one of the best OIS I have had in a long time. However, with some aging the balance in flavors will have a chance to settle to complete awesomeness!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 19:21:37 | More by hopwilder
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Matt from Capones who kept a bottle of this stashed away for me until I could make my way down to Norristown. Shared this beer with some friends at a holiday party.

Appearance: A deep, dark black colored brew. No chance of any light getting through this bad boy. There is a nice inch worth of thick, fluffy, light chocolate/mocha colored head. The head faded a bit quickly, and there wasn't much lacing to speak of. On swirling the beer in the glass, it seemed to want to stick to the sides. This is going to be good.

Smell: Strong, not a beer for the faint of heart. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malt, but also a big dose of booziness. This beer does have a fairly high ABV, and it was aged in whiskey barrels, so I guess that this smell should be expected.

Taste: This is a sippin beer. The chocolate and roasted malts from the nose is dwarfed by the strong taste of what reminds me of whiskey burn. This is one potent beverage. While not bad by any means, a bit of age would certainly mellow this brew out a bit and blend the tastes together a bit better.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for the style with a thick, viscous, full body. Well done here.

Drinkability: For a barrel aged RIS, this beer offers a plenty of complex tastes to confound the palate. Take your time with this one and it won't come back to bite you. I have one more bottle of this, I think I'm going to keep it down in the cellar for a bit just to let it mellow out. A tasty beer fresh, it can only get better with a bit of time on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 18:26:50 | More by krisandajt
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, 2009 vintage, poured into nonic.

A - Pours black with a fingers worth of tan colored head. Some lacing, no retention.

S - Slight bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee.

T - Same as nose...milk chocolate, malts, caramel, vanilla.

M - Full, rich and smooth, slight carbonation.

D - So smooth but I think I prefer regular BORIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 05:13:09 | More by Sean9689
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of the most recent batch of BA Boris (green cap) at From the Vine in Columbus. My first time trying the beer but I've got another (gold cap-batch 2) aging in the cellar for later.

Appearance- Pours opaque black as per the style with a minimal ring of tan head around the edges of the glass. Appears to be very mild carbonation and little to no lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Very up front with the whiskey and oak. Lots of boozy whiskey and vanilla. A faint whiff of coffee roastiness and chocolate.

Taste- Again, the whiskey dominates here. Huge amounts of whiskey and wood are the most prominent flavors and really take up most of the flavor profile. In the background are some of the notes of bitter chocolate and roast that came through in the nose, but they are very secondary to the whiskey and wood. Astringent alcohol on the finish, and I fell as though this would benefit and round out from some aging.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, a bit thin from the barrels but with appropriate levels of carbonation. However, in terms of drinkability for the style, I found this one to be much to far towards the side of bourbon and alcohol to get better than average marks on drinkability.

Overall, this was a beer which I feel has a lot of potential and was decent but could be much better if aged. If the alcohol and whiskey profile had a chance to settle a bit it would probably have a much more rounded flavor profile in my opinion. Will have to revisit the second bottle in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 00:16:06 | More by boatshoes
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abecall98

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Jerk44 for this wonderful brew.

A - Pours viscious Black. Very subtle light tan head that dissapears. Laces, so thats nice.

S - Smell starts off sweet. Hints of coffee come through. Smell is then a little roasty, then hints a slight hop aroma. As it warms up, the sweetness comes through more.

T - I like this. It starts off heavy in the roast. Then the sweet sugary maltyness follows. Next is a taste like a cup of joe is fresh in your face. Finish is bitter roasty.

M - perfectly carbed, just wish there was more aftertaste and wish that the mouthfeel was sticky enough to give that.

D - Damn good for the style, not perfect, I am not asking for another, but it was nice while I drank it.

O - I liked this beer. Not sure if the 9 dollar price tag is worth it with that fact that I can get a 4 pk of rasputin for less. But, It is not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 03:57:56 | More by abecall98
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nickd717

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***UPDATE 7/20/2010***
Side-by-side, it's apparent that regular BORIS is actually better. This beer gets a little drowned out by the barrel, believe it or not. Lowering my 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 to 4.5/4.5/4/4/4.5.

***ORIGINAL RATING***
Bottle shared by Nick3 on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Nick! This beer definitely lived up to expectations.

Pours jet black and thick with a small tan head and some good lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, whiskey, roast, wood, and chocolate.

Flavor is similarly complex, yet balanced. All the typical imperial stout notes are in there - roast, chocolate, and coffee - as well as oak, whiskey, dark fruits, and spice. Whiskey flavor is balanced however and does not overpower like it does in some barrel-aged beers.

Very smooth and creamy palate with low carbonation and fairly full body. Not at all boozy. Excellent beer overall. A sipper, but drinkable given the style and -bal-agedness

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:19:06 | More by nickd717
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oil black with a creamy cascading tan head. Smell of bourbon. Bourbon hits you up front but is smoothed out amazingly quick. The oatmeal must really be smoothing things out. A slight burn on the finish but for such a high ABV it finishes smooth. Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The only reason it didn't score higher is that there is nothing that really stands out. It is what it claims to be, nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 01:34:34 | More by beermanbrian
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to FlandersNed for trading me this at DLD '09!

A: Pours black with a dark mocha colored head. Retention is ok with very little in the way of lace left behind.

S: Bourbon, pan roasted caramel, burnt malt, dark fruit, chocolate covered cherry, and caramelized sugar candy.

T: Burnt caramel (in a good way, seriously), bourbon, charred barrel, dark chocolate, and bread pudding with a caramel/maple custard glaze.

M: Slick and very slippery. Sweet and creamy. Coating. Delicious sweet finish.

D: OMG! Where is the alcohol? Some RIS's clobber you in the mouth with sweetness, booziness, bitterness...sometimes all three at once. This one shows restraint and balance and that results in perfect drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:35:14 | More by GbVDave
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Genghis22

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super rich looking black, with the slightest mahagony highlights when held up to the light. Dark khaki head that dissapates quickly.

S - Smokey, chocolte, coffee. No smell of the barrel in the nose. Slight touch of woodiness, but nothing that screams barrel aged.

T - Very well done. Tastes of coffee, toffee, dark cocoa. Lingering tastes of smoke. There is some woodiness in there, dries out the finish. Very nice. Hops are present, but not overpowering.

M - Oily but not necessarily full bodied. Would like it to be just a bit more chewy, but it is adequate. Very low carbonation, could use a tad more. The finsih is crisp and dry.

D - Overall, a very well made beer. The flavors are great, and richly layered. The nose is inviting, and the appearance is great. Just wish the mouthfeel was a bit more up to standards. Overall, I'd drink this one again, over and over, very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 00:06:52 | More by Genghis22
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the first batch. Thanks to Deuane for picking it up for me. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is dark, a thick oily morass that absorbs every spectrum of visible light. Opaque? Nope, this one is a bird's eye view into the heart of darkness. Albeit a heart of darkness with a thin tan-colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, oak and vanilla drive the aroma, a soft nose that doesn't come across as overbearing. Dark malts emerge on closer inspection, smelling like a good stout.

T: The regular BORIS does its best to stand out up front, throwing out dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. After the initial stout flavors, the bourbon and barrel gradually emerge. Oak and vanilla stand out, softening up the stout to a cocoa powder sweetness. A flourish of booziness peaks through near the end of each sip. The bourbon adds a bit of burn to each sip.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on either the stout or the barrel. The bourbon isn't as crisp as in some stouts but you can tell that it is there.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a sippin' stout. I've had both Batch 1 and 2 and I cast my vote for Batch 1.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:24:43 | More by akorsak
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an ultra-generous gift from msubulldog25, who had an extra bottle thanks to tapoutjoe. It is about 20 degrees outside, so the bottle was extremely cold when it arrived at my doorstep. No need to wait, I cracked this one within the first 10 minutes of opening the package. What a great surprise to make my night memorable!

Pours pitch black with a very late cascading brown head that settles down to a thin collar and some bubbles. The smell is deeply roasted malts, marshmallows, oak, vanilla and toffee barrel notes, and some coffee beans. Very inviting, although the oak seems like it may potentially be harsh on the tongue. I guess we will see...

...and it turns out that a bit of the wood harshness does carry over, although it is luckily in a manageable amount. TONS of coffee bean bitterness breaks through, far more than I remember there being in the regular B.O.R.I.S. although I think the oak is magnifying it. Dark fruits lie in the background and must be hunted for. Marshmallows and earthy hops round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is definitely this beers weak point. It is medium bodied, but I would expect a near 10% barrel aged imperial stout to have the full bodied, creamy palate that I desire. The carbonation levels are low and pretty much perfect which saves this score from being lower.

Drinkability is only slightly above average. The massive bitterness dominates the flavor profile so much that the complexities underneath never fully develop. Thus, it becomes frustrating after about 8 oz. because there is just so much potential that is not being met. Still, this is very tasty for what it is and a very fine brew. I am being extra critical since the base beer is such a good one, and in this case the barrel aging didn't improve it.

Nonetheless, I am so happy to finally get my hands on this beer. Thank you again Brian for the opportunity. I would recommend that others make the purchase, especially if you like your stouts coffee and hop dominated.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 00:19:22 | More by alcstradamus
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vacax

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours out black with about one finger of mocha colored foam. Some lacing is left behind while it dwindles down at moderate rates to a ring of fine bubbles. Scents of wine grapes, bourbon, oak, and tobacco fill my nose. Flavors of waxy and estery fruits are upfront along with a generous amount of wine grapes, toffee, and bourbon. The barrel aging has really ramped up the dark fruits in this brew to a shocking degree. The finish has tobacco, herbal notes, coconut, and a biscuit and cookie kick. I even get a little bit of pumpkin seed to it. Tasty stuff, though the barrel seems to have ramped up the fruity and herbal elements and hidden a lot of the earthy and roasty balance present in the original, leaving a winelike finish. Feels chewy, slick, and creamy. Recommended, but not quite as perfect as the original BORIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 04:59:59 | More by vacax
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a very generous sproser for the bottles.

Pours death black with a tan head that retains for about a minute and then leaves ok lacing from there out.

Nose is alot of roasted malt, a wine-like character and some chocolate.

Taste follows with huge roasted malt, some chocolate and definite whiskey booze presence. The finish has that signature slick giant oatmeal flavor, and roasted malt lingers with whiskey on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is super viscous, although still less than i expected, but pretty much where it should be in a beer like this. Madly slick on the finish, carbonation is medium where it should be.

Drinkability is ok, but this one is pretty heavy, and i can't see having more than one bomber alone.

Overall, a very pleasant, and well made barrel aged stout. I would like it to be a little bit more robust, but when you want that oatmeal action this one suffices for both that and that classic barrel aged awesomeness. A very nice beer. Overpriced like mad, but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 07:34:50 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aftr a hard pour, only a flash in the pan black foam lasts for about ten seconds. Pitch black, viscous liquid that leaves a light brown syrup on the inside of my glass. Chocolate, roasted oats, and creamy bourbon greet my nostrils. The taste is full of rich, roasted malts, molasses that sweetens the dark coffee and chocolate flavors. While the whiskey and wood adds depth and warmth. The palate is silky smooth and warm with just great balance and character. One primo nightcap, thats for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 04:44:39 | More by scruffwhor
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Lunch

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bottle into my Brooklyn snifter (11/19/09) courtesy of Wespatrick (thanks man!) as a very generous extra at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a very thick motor oil black with a slight mocha colored head that fades to just a skin leaving a little bit of lace.

S: A complex and rich aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge surrounded by a layer of bourbon.

T: Extremely complex taste including; chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, bourbon, oatmeal, vanilla, fresh roasted coffee, raisin, dry cocoa, and a touch of woody alcohol especially in the finish.

M: Wonderfully thick and syrupy with an approximately mild carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for such a rich and full-flavored beer, but the 9.4% abv. will catch up to you along with the heaviness of the flavors.

Overall this beer was such a welcomed surprise as an extra in an already superb trade with Wespatrick and it was indeed on my want list to boot. Truly an exceptional BA Imperial Stout with great aroma and flavor that is sure to impress fans of the style. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 14:40:13 | More by Lunch
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights. I always think these oatmeal beers look oatmeal-y (I look for chunks every time), but I doubt they really do. Decent cappuccino head.

Smell: Big roast malt, caramelized/burnt sugar, cocoa, vanilla, fudge coffee.

Taste: Molasses, roast malt, chocolate, fudge, espresso, vanilla, coconut. Not nearly enough bourbon. A few plums and dark berries as well.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and thick.

Drinkability: Average for the style. I was not particularly impressed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:33:41 | More by craytonic
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degerbah

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge props to mwa423 for the FREE pour. Pours motor oil black and extremely thick with almsot no head at all. What head there is comes out a light brown. The aroma is a lot of malt and a lot of coffee. Not as sweet as I'd expected. The taste is way more coffee than I expected. For being barrel-aged it doesn't have near the whiskey aroma or taste that I expected. The mouthfeel is very thick, even for a 9.4% beer. all in all I'd say I'm dissapointed. For something this higly rated I'm dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:36:25 | More by degerbah
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Beerzebub

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for trading me this.

Poured in a big wine glass at 55F.

Black, with some dark tan froth, and a bit of finely patterned lace.

Aromas of roasted grain, cocoa, raisin, charred bourbon barrel, and deep caramelly bourbon and malt nicely married, with some vanilla. A bit reticent, but cohesive and good.

The flavor is sweeter than the aroma lets on. Massive sweet bourbon-malt-chocolate-cherry-raisin, soon joined by just enough roastiness to achieve reasonably good balance. A smidgen of citrusy hop flavor. Dries out somewhat in a long tasty finish, with some dry cocoa and earth joining up with the bourbon barrel.

Decadent, full, creamy texture. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 07:45:18 | More by Beerzebub
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to thank BigEarl for this bottle. Dan provided this to me as he made his way back to Chicago to work at FFF. Dan we miss you here in Boston.

Poured this into my favorite snifter. A finger of dark tan head forms. Not very aggressive and shy of creamy. The beer is quite shiny and the deepest brown. (not black)
The head does fade in ½ rather quickly then sits as a thin cap. Some slight lacing remains.

Tons of vanilla in the aroma. Slightly woody and of slight chocolate.

Flavor is just fantastic. Layers of vanilla and dark roasted malt. Some dark fruits and I almost swear I taste cherry or to be more specific, chocolate covered cherry. Lots of bourbon which again takes me back to the vanilla. Such a wonderful smooth finish. You really get a touch of wood as it fades.

Creamy, full bodied and silky smooth.

Just wonderful. I am happy that I have another bottle of this. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:04:54 | More by Reagan1984
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adamette

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 99th review of this great beer is a live review. [99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer....] Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought at Rozi's in Lakewood, Ohio about a month ago. I absolutely loved the standard B.O.R.I.S. and so I was excited to find this one. I do not recall the price. I do not recall looking at the price. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang labeled Westvleteren style goblet.

A Pours oil black with a rather brief but impressive medium brown head (this is not a standard light head here folks!) that dissipated too quickly into a ring around the top of the beer. I would have hoped for more head retention but this is a beautiful looking RIS. 4.5

S Oh yeah, the dark roast malt, whiskey notes and even a great chocolate smell waft up from the surface of the beer, inspiring the beholder to comprehend all of the wonderfulness within. Exceptional smell. 5.0

T The taste is exactly what the smell suggests and oh my! What a taste it is! First I am washed over with dark roast malt goodness, then there is a wave of alcohol mixed with whiskey tones then the whole thing washes away with a great return of the dark roast malt, chocolate ripples and smooth as silk bigness. A true adventure of taste that should be experienced by anyone reading this. 5.0

M As mentioned, this is a huge beer with waves of tastes and sensations but it is at the same time smooth as silk and the feel is punctuated by a kick of warmth (the whiskey?) in the early taste. I think that I like the feel of regular B.O.R.I.S. better for that reason (for the feel I would prefer to skip the sharp jab of alcohol that I attribute to the whiskey barrels). 4.0

D Despite all of these huge tastes it is quite drinkable, almost begging to be sipped over and over. That quality tends to be rare for the style although I can think of a few that achieve that quality. It emulates the sublime Big Black Voodoo Daddy in drinkability and that is really a compliment. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 03:38:09 | More by adamette
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dull. Not much head. Coffee colored. Not much lace.

S - Yum. Coffee. Mocha... Dry chocolate.

T - Nice blend of the chocolate and coffee with malt, but a strange aftertaste that doesn't really go well. Powdery, off.

M - Good carb and coating, same argument for Taste, off somewhat.

D - Tasty enough to go the distance, but the ABV might hurt!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 04:33:53 | More by srandycarter
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

buckeyeboy brought this to the Pennsylvania vs. Ohio beer tasting on Saturday.. Ohio won the tasting.. Penn State lost the damn game... poured into a big wine goblet.

Deeeep dark brown head.. good retention and significant lacing... swirling the beer coats the glass ... nearly stains the glass.

The aroma is very much complimented by the barrels.. vanilla goes great with chocolate and the lite coffee .. big and roasty of course with something that reminds me of cinnamon.

Flavor is a restrained monster... Deep dark chocolate is firmed up by some good malty sweetness.. the barrel and the bourbon really comes in mid-palate and lasts forever.. less coffee than the nose.. but some minor espresso is there for sure and helps with a bit of acidity.. as it warms, some dark cherry really comes out too... the body is near perfect.. the carbonation is lighter than expected but pushes a velvety mouthfeel.. this is a very nice stout.

Thanks Jeremy.... I knew you were bringing the ruckus.. and this was a fantastic brew to compliment your damn Buckeyes victory.

Serving type: bottle

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