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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

203 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 203
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 131
Gots: 67 | FT: 14
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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Reviews by AwYeh:
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AwYeh

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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Thanks to fiver29 & CaptCleveland, two of my favorite traders, who each sent me a bottle of this...that landed on the same day. The first went down at a tasting, here's the second 22 oz. bottle meeting its maker. Split with my wife.

Pour is like the arc of a typical Hollywood movie: expected. Black, low carb. Nose is background noise: shoots of bourbon, chocolate, sweetness, but really not much going on. Subtle or weak? Depends on how it tastes, of course.

B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink has a stellar platform before it even hit the barrel, & it shows. My first couple sips turn into glass-draining gulps; my lips lock onto the edge of the glass. The base beer of chocolate, slight roast, & fist-humping malts are complemented to the edge of nausea by the barrel. Bourbon, vanilla smooth out the edges of a beer that didn't have any in the first place. So slick I could pour this into the engine of my Audi for lubrication (well, technically, my poor old Audi is now dead, but I don't want to weep into this exceptional beer, so we'll save that for another day). Perfect in the mouth. Even after it's gone down the hatch, I can feel the warmth coating my tongue & palate. Drinkable? Sheet. I could have gone through this bomber in record time.

Well, yes, I do like this beer, thank you. Why did I share the other one with my stoopid beer friends? I hate them. They dranked my good beer! Anyways. Marvelous beer, this one is a half-skip from elite stardom. Love.

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