Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AwYeh:
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
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 02:20:20 | More by maximum12
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.