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

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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 151
Gots: 77 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by siege06nd:
Photo of siege06nd
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured into my Hardywood Singel snifter...

A. Tobacco brown with big oily legs draping the glass. Thin, wispy head, which is expected. Spotty lacing.

S. Wow. Toffee, caramel, and heavy vanilla. Roasted coffee beans and rich fudge.

T. Fudge, vanilla, and strong bourbon. A little ash/smoke and subtle hops on the back end. This is a dry, roasty stout with a big bourbon kiss. I prefer these beers a little more on the sweet side...I'm not quite sure the base B.O.R.I.S holds up to the barrel as well as I hoped. Still, the flavors are bold, the finish is balanced, and the beer is well-crafted.

M. I think the barrel rides a little high here. Slightly tannic and dominates the dark fruit notes you can usually find in the base stout.

O. People hear "Van Winkle-Aged Sout" (Rip, Pappy, or otherwise) and immediately frenzy. B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink is a good example of the fact that Van Winkle barrels do not turn beers into unicorn tears. This is a great beer, but I don't think the barrel added that much to what was already an outstanding base beer. A cautionary tale in the hoarding frenzy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of deebo
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

This shit is tasty. Big bourbon. Smooth. Vanilla and bourbon on a big roasted chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is smooth and warming. I would take a case of this bomb.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours big and bold like motor oil. Pitch black with just a thin wisp of cocoa colored head floating atop the brew. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Huge, oily legs coat the glass. Menacing!

Nose is chocolate, coffee, fudge, vanilla, dark fruit, sweet soy sauce and roast all swimming in a sea of booze. A bit hot though still pretty complex.

Opens chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruit and roasted malt. Sweet fudge, soy sauce and booze in the middle with hints of dark fruit, coffee, leather, tobacco and oak at the finish. Ends hot and boozy with a sweet, sticky aftertaste. Heavy and enticing.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, slick and oily in the mouth and hot and heavy going down. Finishes messy with a relatively clean aftertaste that nevertheless coats the palate. Very rich.

BORIS has always been a huge beer and this version is no different. Big and bold from the look to the taste to the feel, if you want something that embodies the imperial stout style, look no further!

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of jegross2
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: slippery black with a rim of brown; isolated lace motes; quick swirl generates a brief dark mocha smoke across the shiny black surface

S: mellow roasty dark malt aromas of cocoa and sweetened espresso accented with oak wood-like and vanilla bourbon whiskey

T: slightly sweet chocolaty malt accompanied by whiskey-sweet vanilla and drying woodiness; flashes of vanilla, molasses and chocolate,

M: slick and creamy, medium-bodied and almost fluffy, drying and smooth finish - effortless drinking

O: sublime stout action - among the smoothest and most refined in feel - the ale and whiskey are seamless, presenting a top tier Imperial stout. Don't pass it up.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of AwYeh
4.44/5  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.

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.

Photo of dolomite128
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead Taster

Light sweet malts on the nose. Light barrel characteristic. Bakers Chocolate.

Initial taste delivers Pappy-esque bourbon flavors that linger through a mild finish of oak barrel, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is a bit thin to be ideal. Balanced and quite a bit different than your standard BA Boris which is world class.

Overall, an excellent beer and a fun variant to the standard BA BORIS. Would be an absolute steal at original offering price of $15. Currently $50+ at the brewery. Might be worth the splurge once but can't recommend it at that price. Stick with the BA BORIS or find a BA BORIS #200.

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

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%

Tap at the release. Pour is jet black with a tight mocha head. Nose has a strong bourbon note with subtle wood nuances. The malt profile isn't super bright, dry chocolate and a moderate roasted malt. Sweetness kicks in with a touch of ink. Taste is a bit brighter and richer, bourbon is clean with wood notes and more rich chocolate. Some notes of roasted malt and a hint of bitter coffee with the bitterness lingering through the finish. Sweetness starts to pick up towards the finish as it warms. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a soft delicate feel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black and leaves a finger of dark tan/brown head that fades pretty quickly to a rim around the glass, and a little brown puddle in the middle.

Smell: Big roasted malts, licorice, roasty dark chocolate, mild coffee, toasted oak. Nice big aroma with some interesting complexities.

Taste: Big fudgey chocolate, oak, licorice, bourbon, mild dark fruits (figs, raisins), finishes with some roasty coffee. A really nice balance of sweet and bitter. Very well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a thick, creamy body. Finishes really smooth. Great feel for the style.

Overall: This is a mighty, tasty stout. Really well balanced with the sweetness and roastiness. The alcohol is quite well hidden. So drinkable for a stout, and really tasty.

Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of jbwimer
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.