Boris Imperial Stout | Feral Brewing Co.

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Boris Imperial StoutBoris Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 05-11-2009

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 39
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RickyS
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black. Little head. The color of brown sugar. The aroma is veery nice. Milk chocolate upfront, roasted malts, brown sugars, vanilla. The taste is very sweet, continuing with chocolate notes, a bit of dark fruits, slight medicinal notes. Quite chewy and thick on the tongue. Little carbonation. Underrated beer!

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Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MrKennedy
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
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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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sirob
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ScottWaltz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ajsinyvr
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really well done. Served in a round bottom tulip.
L: black nice thin head
Smell: caramel, licorice,
T: roasted malt with no burnt flavours. Caramel, plum, pear in the finish. No noticeable heat.
F: full round, but not thick.
O: best balance of any Aussie ris yet. Stone fruit, pecan Caramel chocolate Nose.
Coffee and chocolate malt tastes with enough hop to avoid any off balance cloying. No alcohol heat but it is only 9.1 so it shouldn't be a warm as a 13.5 barley wine. I swear that there is bourbon notes in the taste but no apparent barrel ageing.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.43/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at the Feral Tap Takeover at Local Taphouse in Sydney

A-- Pitch black, nearly nitro looking in appearance. Has a nice looking appearance. Head is mocha colored and at best 1/4 of an inch. Head really sat at about 1/4 inch the entire time, maybe half a finger on swirling. Very little carbonation shown on this.

S-- Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and black licorice. Once it warmed up got spicy floral hops in this and Carmel also opened up on this. Hints of cherries at times.

T-- Burnt coffee, burnt malts, fresh black licorice, very dark molasses, near burnt carmel and vanilla extract. Sweet tasting and very over roasted.

M-- In the front black licorice, more burnt coffee and malts and Carmel. Does recover in the mid to back with a bit of milk chocolate feel (tasted nitro at that point) but really dominated by burnt and licorice flavors. Once it warmed up the floral hops kicked and and added another dimension of odd characters. Just did not mix well to me. Floral mixed with burnt coffee and licorice?. Finished dry and clean with a bit of licorice finish. Medium bodied and heavy feel.

O-- Got 3/4's through and gave up. Too odd a mixture of flavors for me. Burnt coffee and malts, black licorice and floral flavors just did not mix well to me. ABV is very well hidden but just totally out of balance and at times too syrupy sweet to deal with. My least liked of all Australian RIS's that I have had. Made me appreciate Avery the Kaiser.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mendicant
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.64/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogany with amazing guinnessy nitro head. Beautiful creamy and beige but actually kind of grey; retains well. Great cascade at first pour, then settles down and leaves some huge sticky lace behind. Pretty beautiful.

Smells pretty dark and chocolatey, quite spicy as well but with lots of floral hpps coming from it with rosewater and some phenolic notes as well. Cherry even? Pretty nice, good balance between sweet and spicy.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a lot of nice sweet, roasty but not very bitter flavours. No charred remains, more tangy notes at the end with a hint of cherry fruit and lychee. Mostly that sweet cocoa-rich chocolate. Nitro edge gives it a rich creamy feel and tames the finish, making it taste like rich caramel custard a bit. Nice roasty undertones temper the potentially dangerous sweet character nicely. Good balance, pretty damn nice

Yeah, creamy on the feel, a bit lacking in oomph though. Texture is a bit thin.

Yeah flavours are quite gentle and it's very palatable indeed, especially for the strength. Very well constructed.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse. Almost looks like a nitro-pour with the creamy, creamy, silky and velvety head. Body is a deep dark black, quite opaque, but the head is a joy to behold. Good cascade in the head during the pour, and lots of static carbonation when swirled. Really excellent.

Nose is surprisingly fruity, with some hops cascading over a rich chocolate note. Roasted notes are dusty but with a sweet grain character. Nice.

Taste is smooth and dark, lots of chocolate on the fore, with an odd bitterness which seems to straddle the characters of charred roastedness and clear alpha hoppiness. Almost a pronounced IPA bitterness running through it. Perhaps mingled with this is the heat - it's hard to taste the booze (exceptionally well hidden if it genuinely is 11.5%), but there's something lightly astringent on the back.

Can't fault the mouthfeel though, which is glossy and rich.

Very drinkable, and very, very smooth; exceptionally so for the purported 11.5% alcohol - it felt far less than that. A very nice Impy Stout - probably one of the better ones I've had from Aus.

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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