Boris Imperial Stout | Feral Brewing Co.

Boris Imperial StoutBoris Imperial Stout
41 Ratings
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 RMW66
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCurious
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What can I say? A good, ordinary imperial stout. Unremarkable but dependable. Like sex with an ex. (Dependability being no small boast when it comes to imperial stouts!)
Artwork (yes, artwork) - cliched. We get it...
Toffee nose. Balanced malt and hops. Pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Yup! Job done.

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Photo of RickyS
4.11/5  rDev +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 Keananmichael5
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GarthT
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mosant
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had a 330ml bottle. Mine was 9.1% per the bottle so the Brewers must have changed the ABV since prior releases.
Appearance: pour pitch black with deep coffee coloured creamy head.
Aroma: coffee aroma present.
Flavour: great coffee from deep roasted malt flavours following through on the palate. Firm bitterness on the finish. Very enjoyable. Smooth mouthfeel but a warning that as this warms up the carbonation falls away and the beer becomes a bit too syrupy and alcohol takes a stronger presence. So drink it quick while well chilled would be my advice. I will next time.
Overall: this is a quality stout and I enjoyed it. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of ajsinyvr
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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 BrazilianAussie
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chogm54
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of PolarBear3
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Stickydates
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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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
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%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ADZA
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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Photo of Mendicant
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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