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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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world-class

271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 150
Gots: 68 | 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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of MNPikey
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours big and bold like motor oil. Pitch black with just a thin wisp of cocoa colored head floating atop the brew. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Huge, oily legs coat the glass. Menacing!

Nose is chocolate, coffee, fudge, vanilla, dark fruit, sweet soy sauce and roast all swimming in a sea of booze. A bit hot though still pretty complex.

Opens chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruit and roasted malt. Sweet fudge, soy sauce and booze in the middle with hints of dark fruit, coffee, leather, tobacco and oak at the finish. Ends hot and boozy with a sweet, sticky aftertaste. Heavy and enticing.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, slick and oily in the mouth and hot and heavy going down. Finishes messy with a relatively clean aftertaste that nevertheless coats the palate. Very rich.

BORIS has always been a huge beer and this version is no different. Big and bold from the look to the taste to the feel, if you want something that embodies the imperial stout style, look no further!

Photo of stevec32
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakecattleco
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jayhunter357
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Denzo
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peter1977
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcp5296d
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of grover37
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%

Tap at the release. Pour is jet black with a tight mocha head. Nose has a strong bourbon note with subtle wood nuances. The malt profile isn't super bright, dry chocolate and a moderate roasted malt. Sweetness kicks in with a touch of ink. Taste is a bit brighter and richer, bourbon is clean with wood notes and more rich chocolate. Some notes of roasted malt and a hint of bitter coffee with the bitterness lingering through the finish. Sweetness starts to pick up towards the finish as it warms. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a soft delicate feel.

Photo of Hallertau
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of deebo
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

This shit is tasty. Big bourbon. Smooth. Vanilla and bourbon on a big roasted chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is smooth and warming. I would take a case of this bomb.

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Sarge3130
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Matt_Ortiz
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SadMachine
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of HollyHops
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Not a big fan of this. I'm sure it suffered due to comparison (this was drunk right after Assassin, Life is Like, and three BCBS variants), but this beer was extremely hot and very abrasive. Not much to be enjoyed in terms of flavors, the booze really covered everything up.

Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Hotpipes a while back. Love the base beer so very happy to try this variant. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.107
IBU: 60
Aged in Kentucky Whisky barrels
Drunk after BORIS Bairille Aois for comparative purposes

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black, like thick, sludgy motor oil, producing a two finger, medium looking, creamy, mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. Soon a swirl wisp and ring are all that remain but they do leave some nice falling dots of lacing as the glass empties. A menacing imperial stout for sure.

SMELL: Lots of butterscotch, caramel and toffee notes, whisky, milk chocolate and sweet cream notes. Chocolate milk shake qualities are in there. Chocolate fudge with Werther’s Original butterscotch candies. Sweet cream and oaky wood aromas in there as well. Really beautiful, and could be the same beer as Aois. Awesome.

TASTE: Whisky and oak notes initially, with butterscotch and sweet cream up front. Milk chocolate, caramel and more oak and whisky at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of butterscotch and caramel sweetness, sweet cream and chocolate milk shake, whisky and oak notes. Some bitter chocolate fudge offers a nice touch of balance to all the sweet malt and barrel flavors. Alcohol and whisky are wonderfully measured as well. Basically just as decadent and lovely as Aois. Perhaps a touch more whisky presence here, but the differences are minimal. Fantastic.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight and plenty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather sticky. Less heat lingers than in the Aois variant. Can’t get any better in the department. This is how an imperial stout should feel.

OVERALL: This is just great. Equally as good as the Aois variant, and given how similar the two beers are, you could have told me this was a different bottling of the same batch and barrel treatment. Lots of similarities in the aroma and flavor profiles, while the feel on this one is perhaps a touch heavier and less hot, which really puts this into the next stratosphere. Perhaps a bit less butterscotch and slightly more wood flavors sets this one apart from Aois, but as far as overall quality is concerned, not to mention enjoyment, these two are about as good as it gets. Excellent. Thanks again hotpipes. World class stuff here.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.