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Boris Imperial Stout - Feral Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brendan13 on 05-11-2009

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 14
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - pours deep brown. Almost black but I can see some light through the edges. thin mocha head that dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing
S - roasted caramel malts on the nose. not much coffee or chocolate
T - toasted caramel with slightly sweet malts. Again, not a lot of depth or coffee notes. Very subtle and nice. A more understated style of RIS
M - prickly carbonation but otherwise very smooth malt body and good mouth feel

Overall a very nice stout, but not as big as I was expecting for a RIS. A more restrained take on the style with a softer palate and full mouth feel. A little less carbonation would have made this better - a bit prickly, but still good and worth trying

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3.64/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of doktorhops
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time comrade for Boris Russian Imperial Stout, because in Russia [insert silly pun about beer drinking you]. I’ve got to hand it to Feral though, managing to pump out consistently great beers when so many other big craft brewers are bringing ever more so wishy-washy brews to the table, Feral still make the best daily drinking IPA in Hop Hog, of which The Durham has received a big new shipment of (for all you Canberranites). Na Zdoróvʹje!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Black as Robert Smith(ala The Cure)’s hair pre-concert with a nice bold, 1cm khaki head. Certainly looks the RI-Shit. 9/10.

S: You know that funky rotting carcass smell - this has it. Along with roasted coffee beans, hints of smoke and campfire wood. An intriguing proposition from Feral then. I’m weirdly drawn to the funkiness of this aroma, it’s like driving past a car crash, you have to look. 7/10 (really the funk is a little off-putting though).

T: The rotting carcass, roasted coffee bean, smoke and wood collide in a wickedly tasty brew, I have a feeling Jesus or Ghandi is sipping at a glass of this right now and nodding their head in silent approval. It is pure flavour indulgence and an interesting take on a RIS to boot! That rotting carcass is actually a decomposing vegetable matter flavour (when you think about it fundamentally all organic life breaks down into dirt, as such rotting carcass and compost are similar, in this sense). The finish is earthy and slightly bitter, a perfect foil for the sweet mid-palate. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light and syrupy carbonation. 7/10.

D: It’s a sipper, and a damn good one at that! Although the aroma funk is initially off-putting as soon as you take that first sip you’re won over by the kaleidoscope of Russian Imperial Stout flavours going on - Like. A. Champ. That said it’s no FBS (Founder’s Breakfast Stout - Doc’s favourite Stout), it lacks overall cohesion due to the craziness going on in Flavourton, and it is a little too sweet... oh yeah and nothing beats “Founder’s body” for a heady mouthfeel, but this is a great stab nonetheless. 8/10.

Food match: I would suggest something in the vein (no pun intended) of roast pork with crackling - the richness (and sweetness) of pork a good meat to compliment this brew. Just don’t blame me when you end up with gout.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a quickly fading dark tan head.
Nose shows heavy roast, liquorice and milk chocolate. Not overly complex.
Very roasty flavours, but with some cocoa and a fair bit of sweetness. Again, not all that complex.
Lovely creamy carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the new brew pub series and about time Boris was bottled bring on watermelon warhead anyways back to boris and with a gentle pour it comes out like dirty motor oil with a milk chocolate laced two finger head and clingy lacing,the smell is tobacco,Irish coffee,a mechanics workshop,dark chocolate and stewed plums,the mouthfeel is full bodied but not thick and creamy as hoping and the carbonation is spot on not being overcarbonated but not under either and the tastes are dark chocolate malts,a slight hint of booze,chocolate coated plums,rich dark coffee,some vanilla sweetness and finished with a herbal hoppy slightly fruity roasty bitterness and overall yeah it's nice and couldn't be happier this has been bottled but the fussy bugger in me and massive raps this cops had me expecting something abit more sublime but would drink again cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from my Chimay chalice. This is the 9% bottled version brewpub series.

A - Pours a deep engine oil colour with a nice biscuit tanned head that retains well and laces

S - Aromas of sweet brown sugar cookie dough and malt

T - Up front plenty of smooth dark malts, not much coffee, chocolate or anything really. It is very smooth and balanced and no dominant flavours.

M - Full body and low carbonation.Hits the mark !

O - Most Impy stouts have a dominant tone of coffee or chocolate, this is not like that. It is very smooth and easy to drink with the ABV nowhere to be seen. Recommended

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap as a sampler at brewery.

Pours pitch Black 'n' tan, the 2 finger head fills taster glass. Lacing present, difficult to tell due to small glass how clingy.

Aromas of choc mainly, subdued.

Taste is soon integrated and smooth, no rough edges, wow, and off tap that is amazing, seems to have been well aged before serving. On comparison to other Aus RISs I have had on tap this is streets ahead. There are elements of mils chocolate and a hint of coffee, but really, this is Stout flavoured.

Mouthfeel smooth and sublime.

Sensational RIS, amazingly well made.

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2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hipster glass at Frankies.

Matt black appearance. Tan foam with spotty lacing. Foam sitting as thin film.

Smells of dairy milk chocolate and licorice and plenty of the latter. Not overly inviting until the licorice backs off later on.

Taste hits you with licorice and way too much of it. Fortunately it becomes a chocolate bomb later on to kill off the licorice a bit. Lot of milk chocolate in the end with a touch of roasted malt.

Harshness to begin with from the licorice bite. Then smooths out with the chocolate but becomes cloying as my mouth fills with chocolate.

Disappointing. Missing a lot of coffee and roasted malt flavour. Really enjoyed this on nitro a few years ago. Maybe I've changed, or the beer?

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip at Great Northern for the WA Tap Takeover.

A - Pours black with nice streaky carbonation. Some bubbles cling to the side. Creamy coffee ice cream head at one finger. Spotty lace with lot's of rings as well. One finger of retention.

S - Chocolate and coffee with a nice roasted note, coffee beans.

T - Chocolate, cream, chocolate milk, chocolate/coffee ice cream.

M - Really creamy, medium carbonation, not as big of a body as expected, but still leans towards the heavier end of the scale, sweet-ish in the finish and dry.

O/D - A pretty pleasant Imperial Stout. Lot's of chocolate/coffee ice cream flavour in it. One of the better Oz Imp. Stouts. Insanely easy to drink.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Boris Imperial Stout from Feral Brewing Co.
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