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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

209 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 134
Gots: 69 | 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:
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(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from the Hoppin' Frog Brewery out of Akron, Ohio. This beer is Hoppin' Frog's signature BORIS Russian imperial stout aged in pappy van winkle barrels.

Score: 84

November 2013 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Kevin S. for sending me this brew!

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with just under a finger of khaki head that recedes quickly to a thick ring around the glass. Okay lacing and retention, light browning from swirling. 4/5

Smell: Fudge, bourbon, oak, caramel, chocolate and a little roast. Really nice mix! 4.5/5

Taste: Taste is boozier, oakier and less integrated than the nose. Licorice, oak, dark fruit, booze and baker's chocolate. Has a kiss of ashiness. Not bad at all, but it is a far cry from the quality that the nose led on or even regular barrel aged BORIS. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. More bitter than anticipated. Creamy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, but far from spectacular beer that proves that using Pappy barrels does not always make a beer better. Regular barrel aged BORIS, and even non-barrel aged BORIS, were better in my opinion.

Cost: $15.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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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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