Strange Fellows Brewing – Boris Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Strange Fellows Boris Imperial Stout


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4 out of 5


  • Brewery: Strange Fellows Brewing Co.
  • Beer Style: Imperial Stout
  • Release Date: March 16, 2016
  • Pros:

    Complex and rich, there are many flavours and aromas on offer in this stout

  • Cons:

    Smoky notes quite prominent making subtler flavours harder to place

  • Conclusion:

    A deliciously complex stout to share that is enjoyable now but will mellow with age

Strange Fellows Boris Imperial Stout BottleStrange Fellows Brewing – Boris Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Review

Strange Fellows Brewing’s first bottle release is this collaboration Imperial Stout with Brasserie Trois Dammes from Switzerland. Aged in bourbon barrels since 2014, Boris pours from the 750mL bottle an opaque black, with 3 fingers of thick brown head.  The head lingers for quite some time but leaves little to no lacing on the glass as it dissipates.  Boris gives off aromas of rich malts and dark fruits, with burnt smoky tones and oaky notes mingling with some subtle smells of boozy bourbon.  In the mouth the taste is at first richness with a complex and full flavoured beer that opens up to reveal roasted character, then moves to burnt and smoky tones such as coffee and smoke.  Cocoa and licorice emerge from the smoky flavours to end leaving a very dry but quick finish. This is the kind of beer that you can enjoy now with friends, or put in your closet or cellar and see what has changed in a few months or years.  Congratulations are in order to Strange Fellows for this release and hopefully there will be more to come in the future.

Alcohol – 9.5%
Size – 750mL

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  1. Mike's Craft Beer
    Mike's Craft Beer 18 May, 2016, 18:01

    I found this quite enjoyable. I do personally prefer most sweet Russian imperial Stout’s though.

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