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B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Original Russian Imperial Stout) | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Original Russian Imperial Stout)B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Original Russian Imperial Stout)

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beerluvr on 07-10-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by shapudding:
Photo of shapudding
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this pint of lovliness at the Grey Lodge in Philly.
Made for BA's! nice!
Sooo dark with little bits of ruby catching the light down at the bottom. Absolutely no head to it at all from the first pour, so wild... looks like it would be flat. Funny to look at it being so still and blackish... Wonderful scents of sherry and portwine, coffee and chocolate. Nice bite to it. Good tastes of alcohol and lovely darkness. Warm sherry and slight bit of port wine, black coffee. Smooth feeling, soooo good. Carbination is just perfect. This is just freakin' great!! Such lovely flavor and not heavy in the slightest bit! Perfect!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Secret thanks to Biruchan and Schoolteacher for surreptitiously supplying AKSmokedPorter and I with this gem at the BBF.

Dark as night in color. A black hole of inky darkness. Thin in size, yet thick in consistency describes the brownish-colored head. Intense aromas of strong coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor sees a whole boatload of flavors go at it: more freshly-roasted coffee beans, sweet malt, a whiff of dark fruits, some smoke...with some Heath bar showing up at the end. Finish is thick, with chocolate infused with a bit of warming alcohol. Chewy consistency and a real coater of the palate. Drinkable? Um....yes. Where can I get more?

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Photo of beerluvr
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer made with the help of some BeerAdvocates for all to enjoy .Medium brown head over opaque blackness. Notes of roasty coffee, roasted barley, light fruitiness and some chocolate with a whiff of alcohol in the nose. Medium to heavy mouthfeel coats the palate with rich flavors of roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, slight dark fruitiness, hefty maltiness and adequate but none too strong hoppiness. A bit of alcohol warms the throat after the swallow. Finishes long as hell, a beautiful blend of roasty flavors just takes forever to fade out. A wonderful, wonderful beer...may just be my fave from the Heavyweight roster of great beers. Can't wait to cellar some of the 750ml. bottles down the road!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

surprise, surprise: tom @ heavyweight brews another winner. this one is esecially noteworthy for me as, although they've been growing on me, the russian imp stout is not amongst my favourite styles, but this one is just so damn silky smooth and creamy. it pours a deep black colour with a nice foamy dark tan head. i picked up roasted barley, notes of coffee, some chocolate...pretty standard stuff for an imperial stout, but everything was balanced nicely. the flavour is equally well balanced, with earth notes throughout, the roasted barley mixed in nicely and chocolate all about for the smoothness mentioned above. my two bigget pet peeves with an imperial stout are the coffee and alcohol characteristics. some just aren't balanced well enough and these two elements dominate the show. that is just not the case here. again, both are present, though nicely tucked in the back with no alcohol burn to be found. i can't wait to crack open my bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black, opaque, honest tan head. Aroma of sweets, butterscotch, coffee, caramel: very malty of course. Hops are rather subdued all the way through which makes it rather sweet altogether despite a firm roastiness, black chocolate reminiscent. Lightly lactic in a buttery kind of way (diacetyl although not unpleasant). Develops nice coffee flavors. Thick sludge-like body, low carbonation. Lovely mouthfeel

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Photo of meathookjones
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 750ml bottle drank on 12/19/04. This pours out an oily pitch black with a slow forming brown head. Some lacing is left on the glass as the head died down.
Aroma is very fruity with a backing of coffee and chocolate. It’s quite sweet as well. Taste starts off with chocolate covered fruit before a nice roasted malt flavor comes into the mix. There is a slight bite of alcohol but it is minimal. Very tasty stuff. This ends on a fruity sweet note. Mouthfeel is not as thick as others of the style but its good and it goes down quite smoothly. Very easy drinking for the style. Awesome brew thanks for the sample slander.

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Photo of stirgy
2.39/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Don’t know much about this beer. After the first sip, I put two and two together and figured it must be an Imperial Stout, hence the name. Dark black and opaque with no head whatsoever except for a bubble or two floating around. It actually looked like flat cola. The aroma gives off large doses of butterscotch and hot buttered popcorn. I also detected some fermented prunes and sweet fruits. Heavy with diacetyl.

The taste aims for, but misses the mark. The butterscotch takes over the flavor and is prominent throughout the drink. A roasted bitter tang hides the strong alcohol. Dark, rich candy, toffee, licorice and molasses. The taste is interesting and it gets points for it’s complexity, but it kept reminding me of buttery cough syrup. Strong and bold stouts don't scare me, but honestly, this one was hard for me to finish. Nice try.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at Max's of Baltimore. Served in a proper beer challice. Brew was a deep, midnight black. Very little head. Great smell, deep complex rich character, with a hint of chocolate. Taste was outstanding, even for a big Imperial Stout. Velvety-smooth, loucious, with a rich layering of roasted-chocolately malts and a backing note of hops. Great mouthfeel as well, I almost hated to actually drink it! This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly. Another great beer Heavyweight beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served up at the Blue Nile by the monk and supplied by mentor as part of the homebrew bash happy tasting brigade during the Big Overdue MN Gathering.

Color is dark murken black with semi amber slivers at the edges and bottom. Small and compact light brown bubbly foam. Cap leaves quickly to nothing left but a few bubbles and no lacing. Oily residue partially coats the glass.

Aroma is awesomely heavy and heavenly plump. Big and dark tropical fruit enduced nose with a ton of ripe raisin, plummy rummy tangyness, currants, dates, and molasses are all engulfed over one smoothly applied chocolate coffee expresso sifting underneath. As it warmed it picked up tiny notes of chewing tobacco spice and began to become more vineous in character with its raisiny currant tang. One bold and beautiful nose to behold.

Taste is all about the dark fruity malt loaded tang and subsequent after effects of roasted stuff. Smooth and quite silky to begin as the ride starts immediately with the currants and raisins. Big and thick Baltic Porter-like tangy maltedness. Melds into a mixing pot of other dark fruits adding plum, dates, and cherry along with dark burntish molasses. Rides out softly into a fine and easy tone of roasty hopified bitterness, chocolate, and expresso. Slight oily burntness remains as loads of tang is left on the tongue and some slight alcoholic heat begins to radiate in the throat where the roasty bitterness fades off. Comes across nearly port-like and vineous in some sips. Akin to a J.W. Lee's, just take out the tobacco of one of those and this is pretty damn close to what you'd get. Lots of complexity, character, layers, and warmth.

Feel is all about the silky heft with this stuff. Tangy big malts to start, builds gracefully into a warmer, roastier, burnt-like finish. Wowza-wow, big time smoOOth... full body. Not so much creamy as it is a silken, lightly velvety, semi syrupy, and oily coating richness without any sticky/cloying stuff. Miraculously Smooth and Full. Delightfully Soothing and Warm.

By far the beer of the night, and there were many, too many, but this one demanded my attention, and everyone elses, as everyones faces lit up and the Ooo's and Ahh's didn't stop during this session of wonder.
Again, Big Time Thanks to mentor for coming all this way only to become the host and star of the day.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour like used motor under a tan halo head cap.

Oatmeal like grains and doughy like blends.

Hmmm...perplexing to describe. Earthy sweet maple syrup flavors with a short ephemeral aftertaste. Even some lite coffee.

Feel has some thick fruity body and oily notes.

This isn't a big drinker by any means, but this is a well deserving sipper.

Last swigs: I was well excitied to try this at Scoats Grey Lodge. This is my first beer that derives its titlulation (huh huh..you said tit) from BA. KEWL!!! Thanks Tom!

Beer is good. Happy Beering.

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Photo of beertravel
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this both on tap and in the bottle. The tap edition is only slightly different. The wonderfully dark color and malty nose and palate make this a great beer. Age will only make it better and that's where the bottle comes in. The creamy smooth mouthfeel gives this beer a specialness and makes it very drinkable. Not harsh like some RISs. Close to Perkuno's but with a bit of lactic aftertaste with a light hint of hops and fruit. Made at the request and with the help of several BA's, this brew came together well and is another winner from the tun of Tom Baker.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute blackness...not a ruby highlight to be found. This beer just soaks up light. Head is by a firm, tight, and mostly flat-topped two fingers of dark tan foam. Hey, it's the black monolith from 2001, four years later, now in liquid form. Exquiste lacing.

Very sweet nose, with candy canes dissolving into coffee cups surrounded by licorice.

Taste is...taste is...wow.... Another sip. Another . OK, ready now. Incredibly rich from the first sip, expresso mixed with Hershey's syrup, ony better, and a soft shammy wipe of hops through out the mouth. I can't do this justice.

Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth, oily, awesome.

Drinkability is beyond dangerous, this is flat out lust.

My first beer of 2005. The year is off to a heck of a start.

Make more, Tom, a lot more.

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B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Original Russian Imperial Stout) from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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