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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 148
Gots: 69 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Eric!

A: Pours a think dark black color with cola highlights. There's no head at all on this one, which is slightly disappointing.
S: Warming whiskey on the nose is mellow but noticeable, and I get rich notes of fudge and vanilla. Not a strong nose.
T: Thick dark chocolate fudge brownie dominates with traces of licorice and caramel. The finish is full of mellow whiskey, oak, and vanilla. This beer is not especially complicated, as all I get is pretty much chocolate and mellow whiskey. The pappy is definitely pappy, but it's not very strong.
M: Thick and viscous body, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, fizzier than expected carbonation, with a frothy mouthfeel at first that leads into a very smooth and thick beer.
O: A fairly decent stout but definitely a let down, especially given the barrel treatment. I love the thick body, as this beer is viscous as hell, and I also think what barrel flavors are there work well. This just wasn't on the level as the top tier barrel aged stouts. Thanks again for the hookup, TurdFurgison.

scottfrie, Monday at 04:21 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cwelsh55, Friday at 03:05 AM
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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Right to the point. Really hard to tell the difference between this and regular BORIS. Virtually no bourbon, even as it warms. See Rougers review below. Spot on.

WesMantooth, Friday at 02:46 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

LightSaber, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

goblue3509, Oct 15, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Docrock, Oct 12, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

Doublechar0517, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

josephwa, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

jhartley, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Many thanks to SomethingClever for this bottle.

A - Pours pitch black with minimal head, a nice thick thin ring of lacing, and tons of legs when
the glass is swirled.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, oak, toffee, coffee beans, bourbon effervescence.

T - Bourbon is straight up front to back and doesn't let up, oak, coffee is there but buried,
and dark chocolate/bourbon.

M - Heavy medium body, mild carbonation up front and silky smooth on the back end, lip
smacking sticky, mild warming on the way down.

O - A fantastic beer that I'd seek out again.

jzeilinger, Oct 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

jcugafsu, Oct 03, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably perfect-looking stout: solid, deep and dark black, topped with a solid dark brown head with fantastic retention.

Bourbon notes are fairly subtle on the aroma, with coffee and roasted barley taking front and center.

Flavor has a similar bourbon strength - which is to say, relatively mild - which grows as the beer warms (including vanilla). Noticeable slightly sour oak heat throughout. Chocolate is more prevalent than coffee on the palate.

Lovely thick feel overall; more thick than most BBA stouts. Long finish; extremely minor alcohol heat.

This is an excellent and remarkably understated BBA stout. It falls well short of the standard established by GI, and I would put it noticeably below FW's offerings, but it's extremely tasty and well done across the board, and below 10% ABV to boot!

Roguer, Sep 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

tarheels4life23, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jballn, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Soto, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dheldman, Sep 22, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

cultclassic89, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Hugonaut13, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

eawolff99, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

browniewithnuts, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Deltoro, Sep 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

williamjbauer, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MrRockstar, Sep 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

enelson, Sep 01, 2014
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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.