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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Photo of headlessclown
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes

A: Thick nitro pour that takes a while to settle. Tan head. Mega lacing. Black as night.

S: Mega hop bomb (head brewer Brendan Varis tells me loads of Chinook was used for dry hopping). Also slightly like freshly shaved dark chocolate.

T: Big, bitter, roasty, dark chocolaty, awesome. Not undelicious.

M: Silky, thick, and creamy from the nitro. A very slight dryness - just enough to make you want more.

D: Dangerously drinkable. One of my favourite beers when fresh. I spoke to Brendan Varis about how I liked the dry hop character of this batch, and he said that we were meant to get a much older keg, but somebody screwed up along the way and he had to send a fresh batch (around 11 days old) instead. Best mistake ever.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 pagriley
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-visit in 2015. 2014 wasn't overly impressed (3.64) but having another go at the latest batch.

L - pours black, slightly oily with a 1/2 inch mocha head that dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing
S - roasted caramel malts on the nose. hints of bitter chocolate and a touch of smoke (although no smoked malts as far as I can tell)
T - toasted caramel with slightly sweet malts. Bold but no ash or overly bitter / burnt components. Very subtle and nice. Dangerously poundable for 9%
M - moderate carbonation - smooth malt body and good mouth feel

Overall a very nice stout. A more restrained take on the style with a softer palate and full mouth feel. Hints of smoke really give this some interest and complexity compared to last years that was pretty straightforward.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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 heygeebee
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of dansmcd
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Midnight black, glossy tan head, sheet lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, coffee.

T - Bitter dark chocolate with a coffee tint, flowing on to roasted malt flavours and finishing with earthy floral notes and a lasting mocha on the tongue.

M - Medium body for a stout, smooth and low carbonation.

O - Very smooth and extremely drinkable for the 11.5% abv. Quality RIS from the guys at Feral.

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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 dmorgan310
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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Photo of brendan13
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Local Taphouse. Left to warm for 10 minutes or so.

A - Poured from the tap into a snifter style glass a pitch black colour with a 2 centimetre dark tan head than slowly falls away to a .5cm layer on top.
S - Sweet dark chocolate, dark fruit and caramel.
There is some floral hops that come through as the beer warms.
T - Chocolate fudge sweetness, dark fruit touches, some roasty hints and a bit of warming alcohol.
M - Quite a syrupy, sticky full body, minimal carbonation.
D - A very impressive Imperial Stout. Intensely flavoured & something I'd drink again. However I would not be drinking heaps in one sitting.

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