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

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 152
Gots: 70 | FT: 16
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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Photo of Jeffo
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jeffo, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

RWNay, Sunday at 10:25 PM
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

SadMachine, Saturday at 02:49 AM
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

HollyHops, Nov 14, 2014
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.

thebigredone, Nov 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

teddyarrowhead, Nov 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

GeorgeCarroll, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

David_Menendez, Oct 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JCPinOH, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

pest, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
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, Oct 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cwelsh55, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | 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. For the most part, I agree with Rougers review below.

WesMantooth, Oct 17, 2014
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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
Photo of Roguer
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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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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