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

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van WinkBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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Photo of BMMillsy


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Stout rating #100! Bottle in trade from jbwimer. Excited for this one. Pours pitch thick viscous black into my Teku glass with a full two finger dark brown head that looks super creamy. Aroma of whiskey, oak, wet dog, oats and graham crackers. Flavor is big sweet chocolate up front with a hint of vanilla and light bourbon. Mid palate had some graham cracker and nuttiness come in, and then it finishes long with vanilla and more graham cracker. Velvety thick viscous body with low carbonation but still a small prickle of bubbles in there. Excellent beer and very glad I got to try it. It has been a whole since I had the base or the regular BA BORIS, but this seems to come off better than both for me. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:12:31 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some edge transparency. Still stains the glass. Medium khaki collar.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. A little nutty. Oaky. Some coffee roasted malt.

Taste - Straight bourbon. Sharp boozy liquor flavor. More chocolate. Bitter and oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Not as rich as I'd like.

Overall - Lots of barrel and liquor. A far cry from regular BORIS, but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:25:07 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one-finger beige head leaving behind mild lacing throughout which was sort of a letdown. The earthy aromas pick up roasted malts, milk chocolate, wood, some coffee, and slight bourbon. Rich and oily flavors along with chocolate, coffee, charred earth, burnt marshmallows, dried fruit, and vanilla. The finish was somewhat dry and lackluster with very slight Pappy Van Winkle undertones, which was disappointing. This beer is medium bodied unlike its older brother, BORIS the Oatmeal Crusher, which I found to be thicker and a bit more memorable than this one unfortunately. Still a nice beer nonetheless! I cannot say if it is because of the Pappy Van Winkle attachment to this beer that makes things a bit more overrated than should be. In any case, I will let my last bottle rest for another year and see if the beer evolves into something a bit more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 17:43:32 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, cinnamon, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great bourbon smell but the flavors are a bit too astringent in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:56:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of AwYeh


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty standard stout appearance- opaque dark brown/black. A nice creamy, dark brown head forms following the pour and quickly dissipates.

S: Big bourbon aroma here, backed up by roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and sweet dark fruits.

T: Again, bourbon flavor is on the forefront. A strong roasted flavor balances it, with chocolate lending a bittersweet flavor. Vanilla, oak, and a slight dark fruitiness compliment; all the flavors linger together on the finish.

M: Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and incredibly smooth, probably one of the smoothest beers I've had.

O: Outstanding offering from Hoppin' Frog, and worth seeking out. Here's hoping future BA BORISes are just as good or better.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:05:44 | More by AwYeh
Photo of bayareahustla


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

Acquired in a trade. Very excited

Pour: dark as all hell. Oily viscosity. With a dark khaki dickies brand foamed out head.

Smell: man does this stuff smell good. Bourbon, vanilla , dark chocolate a toasty malts.

Taste: wow this brew is silly smooth. Great bourbon on the front with a smooth roasted tail
End to it

Wouldn't mind a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:18:06 | More by bayareahustla
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Dark ink black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Charred oak, sweet bourbon, chocolate fudge, molasses, roast and a hint of vanilla.

T -Char, chocolate fudge, roast and anise from the base beer intermingle with charred oak, bourbon and vanilla notes from the barrel.

M - full body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:08:55 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of brycevolk


5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black as night (as it should be) with a medium, brown head. Not overly viscous.

S - Sweetness of the bourbon barrel, chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla.

T - Initial taste of standard BA BORIS, but with a much more pronounced bourbon flavor (not heat, just flavor).

M - This is where the PPW barrels shine. Silky, smooth. Slight boozy finish. Exceptional.

O - I'm a huge fan of BA BORIS, and the Van Wink version takes my appreciation for Hoppin' Frog to the next level. This beer is a show-stopper. If you a fan of BA RISs, this has to be on your must try list.

From bottle into 16 oz. snifter

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 18:58:09 | More by brycevolk
Photo of jbwimer


4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Blackity-black. Like Wesley Snipes. Thick mocha head that slowly dissipates. Ring of head clings to the glass once the head has dissipated. Coats the glass with lacing as you drink. Just a beautiful beer.

S- Understated bourbon and roast initially, followed by chocolate and dark fruits. An ideally balanced nose. I held off on the first sip so I could just keep smelling this beer. Nothing in your face. Just so smooth, balanced and inviting.

T- Definitely let this beer warm for a few minutes. The bourbon shines through at cellar temperature. Follows the nose almost to a T. Dark fruits, chocolate, roast, bourbon. Again, so damn smooth. Thank you dear Pappy.

M- Very little carbonation. Pretty friggin' thick beer here. Not quite as thick as the BA DORIS, but it is not lacking in viscosity. Bourbon and chocolate stick to every taste bud.

O- A great example of what happens when you take a phenomenal base beer and age it in "special" barrels. I was able to get two cases. Kinda wishing I had another friend pick up a 3rd for me. I want to drink this forever, therefore I'm laying a couple down to revisit in a year. I would advise you to seek this out. Hoppin' Frog's BA beers continue to impress.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:29:57 | More by jbwimer
Photo of SomethingClever


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: I poured soft so almost no head but my second pour I was aggressive and the small head that did appear was mocha in appearance

S: Like soft bourbon no head snapping bourbon very vanilla smelling

T: this is where this crushes it has the soft notes of bourbon but with a very roasted, sweet, chocolate with no harsh booze taste although you can taste it in the background the vanilla smoothness of the bourbon shines through, with notes of oak and very little if any heat

M: Great texture you get the fullness you expect from a ba stout but I was expecting more of a residual thickness booze but it doesn't cling much

O: Insanely great BA beer the base being pretty damn good never hurts I haven't had the regular BA B.O.R.I.S. in long time but this is an astonishingly good beer seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 02:46:34 | More by SomethingClever
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.