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Review by Tip Top on 01/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 13 3 7 2008
A - Pour produces a one inch head of dull brown foam. It looks rocky from the top, but very loose from the sides. Decent retention. Body is black with no light allowed through, but this didn't really look viscous.

S - Roasty nose to start, which quickly becomes combined with coffee. Maybe a touch of chocolate, then bourbon barrel aromas take over. Oak and vanilla, with a big whiff of bourbon.

T - Starts off a bit roasty. Light day old coffee comes along, but doesn't really stay long. There are flavors of the barrel aging, with much lighter than expected bourbon, oak, and super-light vanilla. Big time copper coin metallic flavor. Not really sour and funky as odeed described, but that copper coin flavor is way too big for my taste.

M - Medium bodied, this does seem thin for the style. Carbonation is somehow a bit prickly.

Overall - It's not bad beer, but it just doesn't bring as robust flavors as I was hoping for. The metallic twang becomes distracting as well. Not on par with the other excellent brews I have had from Alpine.

Served In: Snifter

Review by odeed on 11/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
46 2 5 9 2 5 2008
black body with not much head.aroma is oak,vanilla,dark fruit,coffee,bourbon and chocolate.although the blend of oak and dark fruit gives it a strange almost "rotten fruit" aroma.the flavor is slightly sour/funky with some of the characteristics i grabbed in the aroma.i cant tell if its infected,or just a strange combination,but its not really my thing.

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 11/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 3 7 2008
Just picked up a bomber of this at South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Had been looking forward to trying this since I first saw the barrels in the brewery back in April.

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee

From the label:
*Boris is a hearty Imperial Stout that is aged in 10 year old Bourbon barrels. We've added a custom blend of cold brewed coffee to enhance the complexity. You'll love the rich maltiness with hints of chocolate and dark fruit in this formidable brew.*

Poured into my Alpine Ale pint glass. Pours the color of ink, complete darkness and a somewhat fizzy, rapidly descending, two inches of mocha colored foam.

Huge barrel and wood presence with notes of vanilla, tons of dark fruits, black cherries and apricot pits. As the foam falls down to a ring the chocolate malts and coffee notes strengthen. It has a nice mocha aroma along with some cocoa, toast, and somewhat of a rye and whiskey finish. Wow, let this one sit in the glass for a few moments and it begins to shine. Dry wood, milk chocolate, roasted barley, and malted milk. I think the barrel is a tad too aggressive though, there are just some noticeable bitter tannins in there from the barrels. Hints of smoke and tobacco. Ha ha ha, there’s an aroma there that just reminds me of how old people smell…crusty, stale bread. Grain and cereal too. As the beer warms up it reveals some brown sugar, maple syrup, and caramel.

Tastes of roasted barley, bitter chocolate, grains, cereal, oak, cocoa, and dry fruits. Again I get the apricot pit flavor, black cherries, and plums. More coffee flavor on the second sip but it seems a little too mellow. I don’t know, something just seems missing. A tad ashen but not much. Notes of tobacco, toast, and more fruit in the finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish but for a 10% beer I think it’s pretty well hidden. Some tangy wheat or rye-like flavor in the back of the tongue and well into the aftertaste. Hardly any mid-palate to speak of. There are the initial flavors of roastiness and oak and hardly anything in the middle and then a long finish and aftertaste of cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, tangy wheat/rye, and lots of oak. A little grape flavor, long in the aftertaste.

Feels rather thin on the palate, good carbonation but some meaty body is lacking. Dry, oaky finish. Lively carbonation fortunately picks up the mouthfeel toward the finish but the body is still lighter than what I hoped for.

Not a bad beer. I just don’t think the barrel aging came out as good as it could have.

Served In: Bottle

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